Photo credit: Gem Atkinson
The Quintessentially English town of Henley-on-Thames was descended upon by a multitude of cyclists this weekend, from world champions and pro team riders to those just looking for a cruise around the Chiltern hills.
Riders were in town for the Rapha Condor Sharp showcase weekend based at Hotel du Vin, Henley.
After swigging a few coffees and a few freshly baked pastries the riders headed out on a loop to the South Oxfordshire.
The afternoon was filled with sweet pastry cheese tarts, salmon sandwiches and watermelon. The screening of a new team film and a conversation with John Herety and team riders followed the post ride feast.
Ed Clancy and Andy Tennant spoke about releasing the inner chimp and focusing on Olympics while the team's new recruits spoke of their experiences riding their first stage race in Asia.
Out in the courtyard Rapha were on hand offering guests a dig in at clothing in a mini sample sale and the opportunity to take a look at the 2012 range.
Condor gave guests the opportunity take new to test the Super Acciaio, Team Leggero and Italia RC models on a short loop.
Sunday followed a similar pattern with the coffee and pastries before the ride headed out at 9.30 heading north from Henley into the Chiltern hills for 55km loop of rolling hills and one steep peak to test the legs, followed of course by afternoon lunch and a preview of the new team film.
We would like to thank everyone who joined us over the weekend and who share our excitement for the start of the summer season.