ouch on that Trek.
I was in RP with a later-starting group so not speed merchants and the only slow/down stop we had was where there had been an accident where they'd brought an ambulance alongside so there was a tailback to get past it on a relatively narrow road. People were slowing on the hills but only saw people walking at Newlands and one at Wimbledon.
Surely they shouldn't just be track skills... I've always used look, signal, manoeuvre when commuting too - but yes, came in handy today.
Overall it was a good day though. The rain was so bad that it was funny so long as you didn't puncture - cycling through that tunnel in Kingston with water at about a foot deep was an experience. The people who came out to support did a brilliant job considering the weather.
My only down-side was the signposting to the start. I was in a big group coming out of the Blackwall tunnel (which was kinda fun in itself) but we were sent the wrong way by a marshall and ended up getting to a dead end which was a little stressful after it took us 20 minutes to get back on track with wave close-times approaching. Then, the colours did seem to be a little haphazard at points with quite a few people looking lost trying to find their start.
Coming up the Mall was fun though... with people banging the hoardings and felt quite special. The kit transfer did work well.... and I do like my medal.
Nappy rash ointment seconded on the tender spots, jazzythumper. I treated myself to the assos chamois cream when I registered and have to say that it's brilliant. I have no sore spots... at least at the moment.