There was a large support contingent for the cyclists, and here is Snr/Sgt Nick Dobson posing for me, ready to accompany the cyclists. (I taught his son for a few months quite a few years ago...)
Here the women cyclists are lined up behind the race director's car.
Motorbikes with race officials were all lined up revving their motors behind the leading police car, ready to go. Then a minute's silence was announced to think about those who had perished in the Christchurch earthquake. And everything became quiet and still.
The clocktower chimed 10am, and it was time to go.
The leading police car used its siren loudly,
and the women were led off by the race director's car.
And here they go, off around the edge of the Square....
It was a privilege to get a glimpse of such elite cyclists in action, and I hope they come again!