A 500-year-old jousting grounds that is now home to the Queen’s household cavalry, Horse Guards Parade was established by Henry VIII and traveled by Charles I on his final night in 1649, a half-century after William Shakespeare wrote, “Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.” On the clock tower that stands well behind the sand, a black spot at 2 o’clock marks the time that Charles I was fatally dethroned.
Since I took videos of a number of other final runs at Lee Valley, I thought I would share them here. The competitors were very close to one another and their coaches formed a crowd at the bottom of the run to encourage each other. The photo shown above is at the end when everyone wanted pictures of the three finalists.
Here is a list of the final standings, with nationality and final run times. I have videos for positions 4, 5, 6 and 7.
Just in case you have ever wondered what it would be like to stand in the crowds you see on TV at the Tour de France, I've got you covered. Lisa and I went to Rouen to see the cathedral and look around but we also went to check out the tour. We got there a couple of hours beforehand, and there were a lot of people. If you are going anywhere near the finish line you probably won't see much of the racers but you can go for the party beforehand.