I wanted to raise an incident that happened at the weekend, just in case it applies to anyone that happens to read this site and makes them think again about their behavior. 

My fiance and I are avid cyclists and commute daily and we are always trying to encourage friends to take it up, offering to ride with them on quite routes etc. One particular friend has been really keen because of the health benefits but has just been extremely nervous because of the roads.

After a bit of gentle persuading she added "riding a bike" to her new years resolutions so, this weekend, we managed to convince her to attend the excellent East Side Ride in Centennial Park so that she could try cycling in a safe environment and get some confidence. There was a stand where you could borrow a bike and helmet, so we sorted that out and off we went. So far, so good. 

Now for the downside. My other half was cycling alongside her and I was cycling behind. We were cycling slowly but perfectly straight within the cycle way. Not long after we had set off we had a 'peleton' of about 20-25 lycra clad cyclists come powering past us and went past extremely closely and then cut straight in front of us as they roared past. 

Having finished explaining that normally you are given a lot more room, cyclists aren't generally that aggressive etc, would you believe that a smaller a group, of about 4 or 5 cyclists in their full replica team gear came past and yelled "how far apart do you want to cycle?" before one shot through the gap between my girlfriend and our friend. 

I should emphasise at this point that, yes, there was a gap (big enough for a cyclist to go through, but only just) but we were in the cycle lane, clearly going slowly/carefully and were leaving a gap so that our friend, who was on the inside, had plenty of space. For those not familiar with Centennial Park, you can just go out in to the normal road way to go past, which I do when overtaking slower cyclists all the time. Needless to say, these two incidents have put our friend off completely. Worse, she will no doubt repeat these incidents to anyone that raises cycling with her in the future.  

Obviously got no issues with people using the park for training but there needs to be an acceptance that it is a place for people of all abilities. If you really want to train at speed and without learner cyclists then I would suggest that you should be out on the road and not in the park at all. 

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at least now I'm starting to understand why there are 19 World Tour pro teams...)?

19 Men's teams.

I'm wearing replica women's team kit.  Maybe that doesn't count :-)

Well technically there are no females on any of the UCI ProTour™ teams... And besides, I'm sure in the nature of this discussion referring to "lycra clad louts" in "replica team kit" that rules out any females (on the first count anyway - given, they can fulfil the second).

But it is encouraging to see there are 34 UCI Women's Teams from 16 different nations (and who knows how many different rider nationalities). Now all we need is equal prize money for all events and the world will be borderline perfect.

 

Yeah, with the lobbying power & political clout of the cycling fraternity it's about time we started to splinter & fight among ourselves!

"full replica kit that has white knicks"

Saw one of those guys on Pacific Hwy this evening. Holding up and inconveniencing hundreds if not thousands of motorists while increasing their fuel consumption and their levels of pollution output and blowing out the health budget by causing extra cases of lung cancer in the surrounding population.

It was a bad look. ;-)

Yep. Because we all know how fast traffic crawls up Pacific Highway on the evening before a long weekend.

Absolutely. It's only because all those cyclists in white knicks trying to get onto the F3 are inconveniencing thousands... no, millions... no, trillions of drivers.

you mean trillions of drivers were inconveniencing the poor lone cyclist surely? :P

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