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Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games

I flew from Sydney to London, and then to Lisbon. I rode my bike to Caceras in Spain for the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports conference at the University of Extremadura. I then took a train to Madrid and on to Jaca just south of the Pyrenees. Spent a week riding up and down the Pyrenees. This is me near Lourdes, on the way up to the Col du Tourmalet, which is one of the highest climbs in the Tour de France.

Col du Tourmalet.

After the Pyrenees I caught a train to Geneva and rode around Lake Leman. I visited the Olympic Museum in Lausanne. After cycling around northern Switzerland I flew out of Zurich to London. I then rode up to Manchester via Oxford, the Forest of Dean, and Brecon.

In Manchester I stayed with former GB pole vaulter, Andy Ashurst. Andy was the gold medalist at the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh. Also staying at Andy's place was another GB pole vaulter, Ian Tullet. Ian was the silver medalist at the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Auckland.

Aussie vaulters celebrate in the Women's Pole Vault. The medalist were Tatiana Grigorieva (AUS) with 4.35 m, Kim Howe (AUS) with 4.15 m, and (tied) Bridgett Isworth (AUS), Stephanie McCann (CAN), and Irie Hill (ENG) with 4.10 m.

Andy Ashurst smiles for the camera. Andy was a volunteer at the Games.

Watching the Men's Pole Vault. Steve Lewis, Ashley Swain, Nick, Bridgett Isworth, Brett Randall, Pipsa, and David Hodge (former USA pole vaulter and CEO of Gill Athletics, manufacturers of Pacer poles). The rain was on and off all day, but stayed away just long enough for the competition to finish; then it bucketed down.

Paul Burgess receives his silver medal for the Men's Pole Vault. The medalist were Okkert Brits (RSA) with 5.75 m, Paul Burgess (AUS) with 5.70 m, and Lawrence Johnson (SLA) with 5.60 m.

After the Men's Pole Vault we went for drinks at the track bar (The Red Parrot). The girls show off their medals. Bridget Isworth (AUS), Pipsa, and Kim Howe (AUS).

Nick with Ralf Iwan, Mark Stewart, and Brett Randall. Brett is a prosecutor with the War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague.

Andy Ashurst, Kevin Hughes (ENG), Nick, Ian Tullet, and Ralf Iwan.

Ian Tullet (after a few beers) and Halley Tullet (ENG). I visited Steve Rippon in Loughborough for a while before returning to London and flying back to Sydney.

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