Racing on Roads to be outlawed?

Discussion in 'Pro Cycling (Road and Track Racing)' started by girofan, 9 Apr 2008.

  1. girofan

    girofan New Member

    Is this the begining of the end, what's your take on this?

    Two Police Community Support Officers who stopped a bike race were criticised for their actions by police sergeant James Makepeace (Wildside RT) who was riding it. He told them they had exceeded their authority.

    The incident happened when the CSOs received a complaint about the Addiscombe CC Surrey Road Racing League 60-mile event on March 29.

    According to Makepeace, a local resident had voiced concern about the safety of the event and asked the police to take a look.

    The race was being held in heavy rain and strong cross winds and when the two police Community Support Officers (CSOs) saw riders echeloning out across the road they suggested to the commissaire that he stop the race.

    Looks like when Squire Bigknob complains constabularies still jump!!
  2. mondobongo

    mondobongo Über Member

    Think in this case the Plastic Bobbies got over excited at being asked to investigate something, hence the over the top approach.

    Overall I think the Police would like to get rid of road racing, wasn't a big race pulled not so long ago due to lack of Police support. Then there was the debacle during the ToB last year.
  3. yenrod

    yenrod Guest

  4. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

    It was the Archer, I think you're talking about;

    (The link is to a British Cycling press release).

    It's a shame stuff like this is happening on the roads when cycling is on such a high following the track championships - Cycling Weekly said the team was now the most successful british sporting team ever. The british attitude towards roads in general (that they are for cars, silly) must be at least partly to blame, I think.
  5. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    I wonder to what extent the riders were, "Echeloning across the road?"

    If they were spread from gutter to gutter the whole thing takes on a different slant.
  6. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    well, was the road closed off?
  7. Renard

    Renard Guest

    Spineless commissaires IMO.
  8. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    It wouldn't be for a race at that level.
  9. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    Jumping the gun. Were you there? Did the comms stop it?

    Most Comms have a bit of experience and IME will not be browbeaten by a couple of plastic coppers.
  10. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    Girofan posts his prejudices not the facts. There is a big difference between a couple of plastic coppers getting it wrong, a police super refusing to guarantee safe passage, and a change to legislation ('outlawing')
  11. Aint Skeered

    Aint Skeered New Member

    The facts are all wrong. If the race was stopped how come I've just been looking at the result!
    As for slagging the commissaires off, well that's bang out of order.
    Where would we be if we did not have these people turning up in all weathers, so we can race.
    Shame on you Renard, you should retract that comment.
  12. Renard

    Renard Guest

    Sorry point taken. I only read the OP so my comment was based on that.
  13. LLB

    LLB Guest

    I rode up to London on my M/cycle and back on that day. On the journey back was the only day in my memory of 25 years of motorcycle riding, which I really felt some fear of the crosswinds pushing me into the other lanes. The gusting really was that strong, and I resorted to tucking into a racing crouch behind the fairing between on the A40 (Witney to Andoversford) to reduce the effect.

    I'm not at all surprised that the riders were being blown around that day.

    I don't think it means any more than concern for the safety of the riders given the particular circumstances on that day in question.
  14. Here's rather more details

    - commissaire concerned with standard of riding : dangerous wet/windy conditions, echeloning across whole road, interfering with other traffic, collisions between riders, etc : note 34 riders DQ'd !
    - CSO's agree with commissaire, race to be stopped
    - CSO's stop it in a gung-ho manner, driving dangerously on wrong side of road then halting in junction and riders colliding with their car
    - toys out of pram between 'real' police sergeant riding race and plastic coppers re their authority/jurisdiction
    - lots of paperwork from all concerned

    Will be interesting to see what comes of it -hopefully nothing much, as if it causes any changes I can't see them being anything positive.
  15. Aint Skeered

    Aint Skeered New Member

    Yep agree, we should learn from it, and move on.
    Mud slinging is only going to aggrievate the situation.
    I was supposed to ride, but I bottled it, glad I did now.
    The commisaire did the right thing through.
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