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Tour O' The Borders riders attacked with sticks

Discussion in 'Sportives' started by Reiver, 7 Sep 2017.

  1. Reiver

    Reiver Legendary Member

  2. Drago

    Drago Guru

    Because all the farmers up your way were killed by werewolves! :laugh:
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  3. Cycleops

    Cycleops Veteran

    Accra, Ghana
    Angry Morris dancers?
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  4. I rode the Tour O' The Borders on Sunday. It was a fab ride but unfortunately auld Farmer Giles seems to have taken exception to the closed roads and attacked the first cyclists through.
  5. queasyrider

    queasyrider Still perplexed

    Locals all over the country seem to be unhappy with road closures for cycling and running events, but rarely does it turn into violent protest. The Wales Velothon a couple of years back suffered from some idiots putting tacks in the road iirc.

    I hope some of the riders had cameras that could help police identify these people.
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  6. mjr

    mjr Wanting to Keep My EU Citizenship

    Tour O' The Borders is one of few events that requires riders to affirm that they are "in good health" thereby excluding capable cyclists with certain health conditions, so I find it difficult to summon much sympathy for the organiser. Calling the protestors idiots isn't exactly going to smooth things over for next time, either.

    It's still a shame for the attacked riders, though.
  7. Cycleops

    Cycleops Veteran

    Accra, Ghana
  8. Rickshaw Phil

    Rickshaw Phil Overconfidentii Vulgaris Staff Member

  9. "If anyone knows who is responsible" Are they joking? They would be laid in the hedge with those sticks shoved where the sun doesnt shine.
  10. Pale Rider

    Pale Rider Guru

    The Marie Curie Pennines Etape was cancelled partly through local opposition, but also declining interest.

    The powerful farming lobby in County Durham was at the forefront of the protest, although I could never understand how closing a few roads for a few hours adversely impacted farming.

    Traders in Barnard Castle were also not particularly keen.

    The sportive was a nett loss to some of them, the cycling spend being less than the amount they lost from regulars who avoided the town on that day.
  11. Profpointy

    Profpointy Guru

    Not sure I really support closing the public highway just so people can pay a fee to a private company to ride round. Fair enough maybe for a proper race, or a mass participation thing like marathon, but for a commercially organised leasure ride, not so much.

    This doesn't in anyway absolve the twats attacking cyclists
  12. mjr

    mjr Wanting to Keep My EU Citizenship

    Yes, I think you're soon going to need to be bringing tens of thousands of riders into an area to get road closures.
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  13. Justification for a mandatory helmets rule ;)

    While I tend to agree, the exceptions you cite just serve to illustrate that its not an easy distinction to make. What's so special/different about "proper racing" and why are marathon runners different to cyclists? How much participation constitutes "mass"? Races and marathons are commercially organised by private companies. They have to be because of the costs involved. So drawing the line isn't simple.

    All the same I agree that road closure should be a last resort.

    As an aside a friend rode a sportive in France (along a TdF stage). He said that the marshalling at junctions (with power to stop traffic I think) gave exactly the impression of a closed road event, without any road closures.
    Last edited: 8 Sep 2017
  14. Flick of the Elbow

    Flick of the Elbow Wage Slave

    West Lothian
    Yes this predilection with closed roads is just a nonsense. Fair enough if there's a specific need on specific stretches of the route but even then there will doubtless be other options such as one way diversions, e.g. So traffic is only coming towards the riders and not having to overtake. Road closures antagonise residents and are just a sop to the lycra clad, middle aged overweight phoneys who think that sportives are races. The sooner they disappear from our roads the better.
  15. Mr Celine

    Mr Celine Discordian

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