Tomorrow is the annual festival of “Let’s Fuck Up Surrey’s Roads” – possibly better known to the rest of you as the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100.
Now, before you all go off on one – don’t get me wrong! I have nothing against cycling, or exercising, or raising money for charity or any other of the reasons you might argue. But the fact is, that this bloody thing is just not fair!
It’s not just the event itself, although for some of us going to see our nearest and dearest tomorrow will involve an ENORMOUS detour along the M25 and down the A3. It’s a) the fact that when the route was laid out for the Olympics we were told that this was a one off and, b) all the crap that goes with it.
A) As so often happens, the one-off becomes the norm. Surely it is not beyond the wit of mankind to plan a route that goes out into Kent, or Essex or any of the other home counties?
B) The disruption on our roads is very much not just on the day of the event. For months leading up to it there are vast numbers of cyclists on the roads, very often travelling in large packs three or four abreast. This is not safe for anyone concerned.
Be fair. Be nice. Take your race and your practice somewhere else next year, please.