British Cycling issues statement in response to video showing Yorkshire sportive riders ignoring road closures and riding toward road race

British Cycling has called for regulation of sportives in response to a YouTube film which shows riders from the Yorkshire Regional Road Race championship and a sportive causing disarray at a road junction as they virtually ride head-on into each other.

Several riders in the sportive appear to ignore warnings of road closure and carry on up the carriageway, with one veering very close to the oncoming race peloton as it turns out of a junction.

“This video is a perfect illustration of why the lack of any form of calendar co-ordination and regulation around sportives is a serious concern that needs to be urgently addressed,” said a British Cycling spokesperson.

“Over the last three years, there has been an unprecedented growth in the number of sportives with an almost 200% increase in the number of events that were registered through British Cycling alone. We’re asking the government to take action to ensure that cycling events on the public highway are better co-ordinated through an agreed process.

“These measures would aim to reduce the risk of clashes, improve event standards and provide an environment where both competitive and non-competitive events can run in harmony to meet increased demand.”

BC confirmed that the Yorkshire Regional Road Race was authorised under Cycle Racing on the Highway regulations by the relevant police service, but that the sportive had not been formally registered.

“If it had been registered a clash would have been identified in advance of the events taking place and any issues would have been resolved,” said BC.

  • barry davies

    “Over the last three years, there has been an unprecedented growth in the number of sportives with an almost 200% increase in the number of events that were registered through British Cycling alone. We’re asking the government to take action to ensure that cycling events on the public highway are better co-ordinated through an agreed process.

    and BC make loads of money
    through levies and do very little work for it !!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dead Sheep

    I wonder if BC will lump in audaxes during their call for regulation?

  • Stuart Briggs

    Its obvious who are the sportive riders commenting on here! Cycling is booming in the UK – thankfully, but the sportive few have no experience at all.

  • Alan

    Interesting that despite the marshall closing the road at the other end and the cars waiting there, you can clearly hear the marshall at this end (from behind the camera) saying to the Sportive riders, “If you are quick you can get through”. That is probably the point at which it all broke down. He shouldn’t have allowed that to happen and then all the other riders might well have stopped as they would have seen the first group waiting there. He kind of lost his justification for holding them all back at that point.

  • saddle sore

    This from the county that is organising the grand depart for the tour. Should be interesting

  • James

    The guys have numbers on and so can be identified. Have they had a bollocking?

    • Rob Bolam

      I was one and let me tell you the only person to blame is the Marshall. He said slow down not stop, now correct me if I’m wrong but slow down does not mean stop does it ???

  • sTTu

    I’m not convinced. Registering an event with the CTT and local Police months in advance does absolutely F*** all to prevent last minute road works contractors turning up and ruining the event for 100+ people!

  • http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/ Simon R

    It is such a shame that cyclists would ignore clear warnings to stop. Especially when there are car drivers sat patiently waiting. Goes to show that it doesn’t always matter what the mode of transport is, it’s the person in charge.

    • Rob Bolam

      Just shows you have no clue to what happened, the Marshall told us to slow down, let us through and then started his idiotic shouting, if the Marshall had said stop we would have.
      Now please in future get your facts right before you talk about people.

      • TrevorHoldsworth

        He then told you to stop. Which you refused to do. Bodes well for the Tour de France eh, mate?

      • http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/ Simon R

        That may be your version of events Rob, but not necessarily everyone elses.

  • rct

    Well it appears on the BC event / results section.

  • Geoff Powell

    Think it clearly says that the sportive was not registered

  • rct

    BC are calling for regulation and calendar coordination! Both events were registered with BC, what were their local officials or Manchester doing?

  • Ziz

    Well one rider came close. Most of the other pulled over and moved.
    I see worse than this every day from car drivers