|The entrance to the circuit.|
After finding our place in the pits and taking part in an exhilarating test ride around the circuit the competitors lined up under cloudy skies at 8am...
|The competitors start lining up...|
As the races got underway the skies cleared, drying out the track and making for near perfect conditions...
|View from the pits...|
Team Guell got off to a great start, usually putting in sub-10 minute laps with each member doing three laps then changing rider...
|Team Guell's Takeshi-san waiting to ride...|
|Brad and Toshio-san watching and waiting...|
The pits were full of riders and bikes...
Even on the other side of the track it was packed with cycles and their owners...
While outside the track area some of the big cycling companies had set up shop...
Mavic were giving tune ups and advice as well as showing off some of their new kit...
|A chance for a pro tune up...|
Some of the competitors were taking things very seriously...
|A family of ducks...|
|...And their little chicks!|
|It's just Santa in a racing car, what's wrong with that?!|
|There were riding bears...|
|...And, of course Thomas was there too!|
|...As was Doraemon..|
|The fastest salaryman on two wheels!|
|And an aubergine on a granny bike!|
|Cruising in style.|
|Respect to the Bushi!|
An absolutely amazing day, thousands of cyclists riding around one of the most famous motor racing circuits in the world, what could be better? Team Guell finished a very respectable 71st out of some 600 or so teams. Arigato to Toshio-san and the whole Guell crew for a truly memorable day. A special mention and thanks to Takeshi-san for his skillful driving to and from the circuit!