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Old 25th Sep 2005, 20:09
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Cycle Races

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This morning, I was minding my own business driving through the lanes about 3.5 miles from EGGW, when suddenly, there appears a car with yellow flashing lights on. Next, appears a motorcyclist gesturing for me to slow down (not that I was going fast anyway). I rounded the next bend and suddenly there was a cycle race - about 40 guys on bikes, on both sides of the lane coming straight at me. Somehow, and I don't know how, they managed to all squeeze onto one side on the road and pass me, leaving me driving past stragglers and those who presumably had hangovers.

Now, I donít know if they pay for the privilege of racing on the highway but it strikes me that if I were to try to arrange a car, motorbike or horse race on the highway I would be up before the beak before I could say "Gentlemen, start your engines". Quite apart from the principal of the matter, rounding a corner to find 40 guys clad power ranger gear , half of which were on my side of the road could be a bit scary for some people.

Am I being a unreasonable or do these lycra clad menaces need banishing to a race track?

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STOP PRESS
Apparently, about 15 minutes later Mdm Phnuff managed to find herself driving her horse box in front of them down narrow twisty lanes. I know she will not drive those lanes at > 20mph with her nags on the back so maybe the powerangers will think twice about racing around there again

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Old 25th Sep 2005, 20:31
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They're a menace that should simply be banned

You should have cut a swathe through them. If I was the beak, I'd have let you off.
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Old 25th Sep 2005, 21:28
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So, this has happened to you once in your whole life (I'm assuming that of course). Yes, you're being unreasonable, forget about it and get on with your life. There may have been a future Tour de France winner in there
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Old 25th Sep 2005, 21:32
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Actually, its a well known area for cycle races and is very annoying. I ahve seen about 5 in the last year, but never before on both sides of the road

As for Tour de France winner - nah, they were British. Taking part is what counts, not winning :-)
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Old 26th Sep 2005, 00:25
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Oh yes, a typical reaction. Unfortunately the British public have never understood the sport of Cycling, prefering instead to watch young sweaty men in shorts kicking a ball around a field.
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Old 26th Sep 2005, 00:30
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Cyclists should pay road tax. They are all barstewards.

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Old 26th Sep 2005, 07:39
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In some parts of the world bicycle racing is a great spectator sport. Huge crowds line the roads to watch...

...whhhheeeeeeeeeeee!!!....

"Oh look! There they go! Did you see who's winning?"

Many people think life in Borneo must be boring and uneventful whereas I'm left wondering what its like to live in a place where a bicycle race is the most exciting thing to happen since last year.
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Old 26th Sep 2005, 08:08
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I'm a motorist, cyclist and a runner (not all at once).

As I see it these races are run as they are on open roads and lanes to avoid paying for proper organisation.

Most road running races take place on closed off roads with organised stewards and police assistance and are far safer.

Yes cyclists should pay road tax, have insurance, wear helmets and USE LIGHTS!!!!!!!
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Old 26th Sep 2005, 08:11
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Phnuff,

Funny you mention the horse box in the same rant as cyclists. It has to be pointed out that motors do not have exclsive right to use the highway, as your horsey friends will no doubt agree. Long live a bit of variety and easy going goodwill

C130,
As I see it these races are run as they are on open roads and lanes to avoid paying for proper organisation.
I fink you'll find the authorities must be notified in advance and that they are organised by official clubs.
Yes cyclists should pay road tax, have insurance, wear helmets and USE LIGHTS!!!!!!!
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Yes cyclists should pay road tax, have insurance, wear helmets and USE LIGHTS!!!!!!!
OK. I use my bike to get around Sydney. It's my main mode of transport.
1)I use lights - one bright white one at the front and a red flashy-one at the back. I also wear one of those big bright high-viz vests.
2) I ALWAYS wear a helmet. Not worth the risk not to in Sydney.
3) I belong to Bicycle NSW which includes cyclist's insurance.
4) OK the road tax one. I drive a car occasionally as well... it costs me about AU$200 every year. Rego fees in Aussie are based on weight. Let's say, for argument's sake, my car weighs 1000kg (it actually weighs considerably less). That's about $1 for 5kg. Let's say my bike weighs 25kg (again, it weighs considerably less). On the basis of the above, that's $5 a year.
I'd be happy to pay that per year for rego etc - PROVIDED decent facilities (dedicated bike paths for example) for cyclists are provided!!!!

Until then - I have as much right as you to use the road. So I'm going to assert that right.
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Old 26th Sep 2005, 08:51
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Long live a bit of variety and easy going goodwill
On which planet?
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Old 26th Sep 2005, 09:58
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Bicycles have a higher pavement loading than cars.

That is, their laden weight divided by the area of the tyre footprint is greater than that of a typical family motor car. Ergo, they cause greater damage to the road surface than a car and should pay for the said damage through road tax, just the same as other road users.

Actually the same applies to ladies damaging the sidewalks while wearing stilletto heels, but by being so much easier on the eye, I do favour a 100% discount.
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Old 26th Sep 2005, 10:01
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You wanna see the roller bladers in London then - their ring leaders have stupid yellow jackets on and they get in front of you and stop the traffic while all their stupid feckin friends whizz by - holding me up - saw one fall on his arse once - fecking wet myself !

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A few months ago I was driving in the opposite direction (thankfully) to a cycle race being conducted on a main route into Preston.

It was interesting to see the two different groups of cyclists!

1) Those who remained in single file and therefore acknowledged that there were other road users about and

2) Those who were two or three abreast and clearly did not give a flying stuff about anyone other than themselves.

In phnuff's example, the organisers should be charged with dangerous cycling or whatever! What would have happened if a large lorry had round the corner and smeared a load of them into road jam?
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Old 26th Sep 2005, 13:07
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Yes cyclists should pay road tax, have insurance, wear helmets and USE LIGHTS!!!!!!!
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Nonsense and piffle
That's right. I think they should all wear black ninja suits and appear in huge packs on moonless nights.

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Old 26th Sep 2005, 13:59
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C130, I stand to be corrected, but I believe the problem is that the authorities are not prepared to close roads for cycle races, or time trials, even if the organisers were to pay. (which they patently couldn't because how could they get cash of all the people along a point to point route)

The only times I have seen it done are in Manchester where they used to have keirin races around a city centre circuit some sundays.
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Old 26th Sep 2005, 14:36
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I agree an absolute menace!

Had them regularly on the A24 when I lived in Surrey and get them here too.

Why is it illegal for motor vehicle to race on the highway but not these freeloaders???

Still guess it makes a change to see them on the road going the right way instead of on the pavement or against the traffic flow when the one way system doesn't suit the rider...

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Old 26th Sep 2005, 14:48
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Why shouldn't cyclists be made to be responsible road users by being insured and complying with basic safety requirements.

They are easily as vulnerable on the road as motorcyclists and in my experience cyclists are often responsible for causing accidents as well as being victims.

This is not just a rant from someone who hates cyclists but from a cyclist who has ridden on the roads in this country for 40 years.
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Old 26th Sep 2005, 17:56
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Good grief
Why is it illegal for motor vehicle to race on the highway but not these freeloaders???
Is the difference between 25mph and 90kg and 90mph and 1300kg too subtle for you to comprehend?
Still guess it makes a change to see them on the road going the right way instead of on the pavement or against the traffic flow when the one way system doesn't suit the rider...
Well I agree, there is no excuse for that. But that is another issue.
Why shouldn't cyclists be made to be responsible road users by being insured and complying with basic safety requirements.
Why stop there, who are these uninsured predestrians who require Pelican and Zebra crossings causing congestion and aggrevation for hardworking motorists. I calculate they cost the country £43bn each year due to lost productivity and fancy pants civil engineering schemes.

FWIW, I think all serious cyclists do comply with basic safety requirements, its the cars on the wrong side of the on a bend travelling at break neck speeds in the oppostie direction that need a little educting. No doubt said motorist is utterly irate at having to lighten the load on the gas pedal for a couple of seconds to negotiate a family on their bikes trying to enjoy the country side in peace and quiet.
 
Old 26th Sep 2005, 19:33
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Is the difference between 25mph and 90kg and 90mph and 1300kg too subtle for you to comprehend?
25mph???!!! Closer to 45 mph most of the time and racing is still racing... whatever its in. One law for one and one for another maybe? When did you last here of a cyclist gettinga ticket for ANYTHING?

Oh and I m not allowed to do it in my horse and trap either... and that would be around 25mph.

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