From moto 19, Luke Evans, the driver of CW photographer Graham Watson’s motorbike at the 10th Tour of Qatar

It’s probably how you imagine it – Doha is the capital of gas-rich Qatar, a brash city spewing concrete into the surrounding desert.

Everywhere you go there are cranes, new roads and construction workers with faces wrapped up against the dust, natural and man made.

They work all day, and night. We can see the lights of construction vehicles from our hotel room and just about the only spectators at the prologue nearby were a bunch a blokes putting up a beachside pavilion.

There’s something vegas about the chaotic clash of styles of the high rises downtown. It’s actually a relief to see flocks of pigeons around and hear the sound of birdsong.

Saw a crazy pick-up when I was lost looking for fuel after the prologue. On the back wheels it had double wheels each side which stuck several inches beyond the body.

On the front, bolted to the hubs were about eight cone shaped spikes, chromed and flashing in the sunlight inches from a cyclist’s or pedestrian’s leg.

  • Anne Edwardes-Evans

    Paul Doherty, we read Lukes blogs every day, and were so interested to read your comments. Our
    Daughter Sian was at Hull at the time you mentioned, what a coincidence! I will tell her.
    With best wishes
    Anne &Michael E-E

  • Paul Doherty

    The construction workers were not the only spectators at the prologue. I was there with my family.Cav was kind enough to have a picture taken with my son.The course was pretty treacherous as Luke will no doubt confirm( I think I knew your sister at Hull University in the late 70’s/early 80’s’!).Am looking forward to Friday (us expats are riding the course before the pros – hopefully led by the great Sean Kelly)