I was having a chat with a fellow dad at my son's football match on Saturday and was asking him about the Tour of Britain. He lives in Princetown and unfortunately his view of it was the inconsiderate parking of spectators! What a shame!
Anyway, he then went on a bit of a rant about cyclists and although some of it was a bit OTT, I thought he did have one good point. Apparently, some local cycling clubs have the habit of using Princetown as part of a road racing circuit. This means they tend to fly down the hill and through the 'town' at speeds well over 30mph. And yes, you would go that fast - I do.
Now while it might be OK to do this as a single rider, and I hold my hands up once more, is it right that large numbers of club racers should? The Dartmoor Classic 'races' through Princetown but there are large numbers of marshalls to help prevent accidents. Do other clubs do this?
Another point would be that we would NOT allow motor vehicles to race on open roads, so why do we allow bikes too?
I'm not suggesting any more than this might be a talking point for some clubs when setting up races. I am interested in others views though.