A look at the secret life of the cycle race commissaire

We head to Kent to meet the unsung heroes of bike racing

All photos by Christopher Catchpole

It’s 9am on a Sunday in Kent. The only people out are dog walkers or those going to get the weekend papers.

At a secondary school in Tenterden, however, a group is already at work. This is the start location of the Wally Gimber Trophy, and although there are hours to go until the road race gets under way, the commissaires’ day has already begun, as they begin testing radios, briefing marshals, organising the convoy and meeting with team managers and riders.

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