First crash of Giro d'Italia 2014 - nearly 2 months before Belfast Big Start

Cycle commuter comes a cropper on pink paint publicising event in Northern Ireland's capital

by Simon_MacMichael   March 27, 2014  

Be part of the Start pink paint crash (picture Chris Lindsay via Twitter)

The first crash of the 2014 Giro d’Italia has happened in Belfast – nearly two months before the race is due to start in Ireland for the first time. The rider to come down wasn’t one of the stars vying to win the maglia rosa in May, but a cycle commuter in the Northern Ireland capital.

IT professional Chris Lindsay had the misfortune to ride across a wet patch of pink, chalk-based paint that had been painted on a cycle path for a photoshoot to help promote the race's visit to Ireland, complete with the words “Be part of the start."

That happened quite literally in Chris's case, as his bike and clothing became splattered in pink paint.

Yesterday morning, he tweeted this picture of his bike, with the caption: “Came off my bike this morning cycling into work. On wet paint from Giro d’Italia Start line!”

The crash happened as Chris's bike slid from under him as he sought to turn off the cycle path to head for work. He told road.cc there was no warning that the paint was wet.

One of the levers on his bike was bent, the wheel was knocked out of true and there was also some superficial damage to the frame. He's also still nursing bruises after his tumble.

The location, on the towpath near the Gasworks, wasn’t where the two stages beginning in Belfast will actually start – the Titanic Quarter – but instead was chosen to help publicise the event.

Chris, who works in IT,  said that workers had been due to remove to remove the paint once the photo opportunity was over, but did not do so.

He says the experience, while leaving him annoyed, won't put him off watching the Giro when it comes to town.

The Giro d’Italia starts in Belfast with a team time trial on Friday 9 May and the following day sees a road stage starting and ending in the same city and taking on the Giant’s Causeway.

On Sunday 11 May, there is a road stage from Armagh to Dublin, before the race heads back to Italy.

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"He told road.cc there was no warning that the paint was wet."

Agreed. Dry paint always leaves tyre tread marks from previous bikes passing through. Applause

posted by alexholt3 [52 posts]
27th March 2014 - 10:53

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alexholt3 wrote:
"He told road.cc there was no warning that the paint was wet."

Agreed. Dry paint always leaves tyre tread marks from previous bikes passing through. Applause

And once the paint is dry the tyre tread marks just magically disappear then do they?

posted by farrell [1401 posts]
27th March 2014 - 10:57

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Will he sue Halfords now? Wink

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posted by cidermart [460 posts]
27th March 2014 - 11:11

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mind you even if dry paint can be lethal. Cheltenham Borough Council decided to use some red paint to mark a cycle path and in my stupidity I decided to use it. Ended up on my arse as the paint might as well have been ice!

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posted by mrmo [1072 posts]
27th March 2014 - 11:49

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Not a publicity stunt then? Waiting

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posted by Wesselwookie [132 posts]
27th March 2014 - 12:05

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farrell wrote:
And once the paint is dry the tyre tread marks just magically disappear then do they?

No but it does suggest that one should be more careful.

posted by alexholt3 [52 posts]
27th March 2014 - 13:15

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I'm a little unsure about what line of work Chris is in.

posted by fennesz [83 posts]
27th March 2014 - 14:02

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fennesz wrote:
I'm a little unsure about what line of work Chris is in.

Painter and Decorator...

posted by farrell [1401 posts]
27th March 2014 - 14:09

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As long as his typing and mouse clicking finger are ok, the bike is just collateral damage!!
Why oh why take a picture and put it on Twatter no body really cares man!!

Chadders x

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posted by chadders [73 posts]
27th March 2014 - 18:04

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Had the tracks been going all in the same direction I thought it was quite a good advert- showing the tracks of the bikes setting off from the pink start.
It never occured to me they weren't meant to be there. Laughing

Shut up legs.

posted by rapid4 [6 posts]
27th March 2014 - 20:10

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As children in the past have had actions taken against them for drawing on the pavement with chalks and the paint used was chalk based. Can we expect those cyclists who ran through the wet paint and left trails of graffiti to be prosecuted? Devil

posted by levermonkey [362 posts]
27th March 2014 - 21:36

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Others have ridden through it, and doesnt look like paint

posted by cyclingdave70 [21 posts]
27th March 2014 - 23:24

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chadders wrote:
As long as his typing and mouse clicking finger are ok, the bike is just collateral damage!!
Why oh why take a picture and put it on Twatter no body really cares man!!

At least he didn't put it on YouTube I guess...

posted by TheSpaniard [46 posts]
28th March 2014 - 14:38

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