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Now here’s a man who knows how to make the best of things. The immaculately-named John Hoopingarner, from Ohio, entered last weekend’s Velo Birmingham thinking it was an event in Alabama. After realising his mistake, he booked a flight and rode it anyway.

He explained his reasoning to the BBC thus: "Well I made it this far, I may as well just go".

Hoopingarner was impressed too and having been promised free entry, he says he’s likely to return.

"Birmingham was the coolest place I've been to in the UK yet," he said. "It was really fabulous.

"The people are great, the town's awesome, the guys that did the ride were really tremendous. It was a brilliant event.

"I am hoping to come back next year. I've been promised free entry so I'm tempted to take [the organisers] up on it."

Hoopingarner has also taken the opportunity to visit Edinburgh and London while he’s over and plans to go to Dublin as well.

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Samtheeagle [11 posts] 1 month ago
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Cool story and great response from the organisers. Reminded me of sitting on the Central Line years ago listening to some American tourists discussing an impending visit to the birth place of William Shakespeare - oops wrong Stratford!

 

Friend rode the route and was overwhelmed with the local residents' reaction to the riders (other than a few disgruntled farmers). Well done the organisers.

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ROOTminus1 [15 posts] 1 month ago
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Samtheeagle wrote:

Cool story and great response from the organisers. Reminded me of sitting on the Central Line years ago listening to some American tourists discussing an impending visit to the birth place of William Shakespeare - oops wrong Stratford!

 

Friend rode the route and was overwhelmed with the local residents' reaction to the riders (other than a few disgruntled farmers). Well done the organisers.

..Or the other Shakespeare 'fans' milling around Stratford on Avon wondering why the RSC theatre and the Globe are 100 miles apart. Which incidentally sounds like a good ride to me.

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captain_slog [414 posts] 1 month ago
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A massive Stetson hat to Mr Hoopingarner.

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Paultheagle [13 posts] 1 month ago
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"Birmingham was the coolest place I've been to in the UK yet," he said.

is he having a turkish  1