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I rode the Flanders sportif the other weekend and there were 19,000 riders taking part. I was expecting a few thousand but nothing on this scale. Once we started riding cyclists were everywhere and yet in the total of eight hours I was on the road I never heard one car horn or shout from a car window about us holding up other road users.

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John_the_Monkey [437 posts] 7 years ago
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It's always slightly depressing riding here after a week or so of riding in France or Belgium, in my experience.

Slightly at a tangent, but John Herety said something similar on the bikeshow's Ras special. I'm paraphrasing, but it was along the lines of the people who'd been waiting for the race to pass going to the pub that night and telling their friends that they'd seen the Ras. His contention was that racing in Britain won't take off because the people waiting for races to pass go back afterwards and moan about how they had to wait for a load of bikes instead.

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John_the_Monkey [437 posts] 7 years ago
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Incidentally, chapeau on riding the sportif!

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Fringe [1047 posts] 6 years ago
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hey Mr. Blackhound any more photos of the Flanders sportif?..would like to see 'em as it sounds like a great ride, one day i'll get out to do it myself. cheers.  4