Video: Madison-Genesis at the Tour of Britain, part one

Think you want to be a pro bike racer? You might change your mind after watching this

by Dave Atkinson   September 19, 2013  

ToB Honister climb

Being a professional bike racer is tough.

Maybe not so much in the sun on a flat transitional stage of the Tour de France that's mostly sunflowers and chatting with a sprint at the end. But chasing back on to a charging peloton, up the 25% slopes of Honister Pass, in the rain, after you've stacked it earlier in the stage? That doesn't sound like much fun. And let's be honest: there's more days like that in the life of a pro than there are glory days of helicopter pan shots, dark lenses and glass-smooth tarmac.

Here's part one of the Madison-Genesis record of their first home tour. Mostly it's filmed through a damp lens and there's lots of grimacing. It's a fascinating record of what it's like to be in the thick of a major cycling event though. Enjoy.

Madison Genesis - Tour of Britain : Part One from Madison on Vimeo.


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A very open account and certainly takes the gloss of professional riding.

posted by NickK123 [89 posts]
19th September 2013 - 11:34


That was great! cant wait for more instalments.

posted by lolol [154 posts]
19th September 2013 - 13:17


There must be easier ways of earning a living?

posted by Some Fella [896 posts]
19th September 2013 - 14:39


Fascinating to watch. It might not have been much fun at the time, but they can be proud they did it.

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posted by captain_slog [296 posts]
19th September 2013 - 15:07



You need some determination to stick it out under these conditions.

posted by Metjas [335 posts]
19th September 2013 - 21:39


Brilliant video, fascinating glimpse into pro cycling. Much respect for these guys!

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posted by graphite [63 posts]
20th September 2013 - 10:06