Commonwealth Games 2002
 
On Saturday 3rd August 2002 the Commonwealth Games came to Rivington with the Road Race events. The Ladies race began at 9am and the men's event started at 1pm. Below are a  few pictures from the Men's race.
 
 

 

Rivington

The course of the race

 

Before the race started. This is the view down to a checkpoint

 

TV gantry from the embankment of Yarrow reservoir

 

Looking down to Anglezarke reservoir from Yarrow. Crowds are beginning to build up.

 

One of the first team cars to come through just prior to the cyclists

 

This rider had made an early break and was the first to come through.

 

The main group approach

 

Closer view - but slightly blurred

 

Another of the team cars

 

A lonely race marshal after all the riders have passed on the first lap

 

An official car leads the pack on the next lap

 

Official motorbikes with the cyclists just appearing in the distance

 

An English rider leads but it was not to finish that way with Australia taking the first three positions

 

The rider in green is Stephen Gallagher from Northern Ireland. He went on to finish in 23rd position

 

One of several helicopters following the race

 

The view towards Alance Bridge

 

A close up of the TV camera at Alance Bridge

 

Sammy Joseph of St Lucia was one of the tail enders. He did not finish the race

 

Another helicopter flies overhead

 

This shot was taken from Peewit Hall. The cyclists are just visible as thet approach Moses Cocker

 

The eventual winner was Stuart O'Grady, followed by Cadel Evans with Baden Cooke in third.