Cycled in the cradle yesterday Saturday 16 October in morning.
My last stretch back to Bidons was from Neck and Deck back up long gradual hill back to Bidons.
Came across an escort vehicle trying to escort about 30 cyclists from Anthem Cycling Club.
Close to 94.7 lots of groups cycling and lots now using escort vehicle.
Fair game. If a club can arrange some guy to ride behind them with flashing lights hats of to them.
But just because you are now driving an escort vehicle behind a group of cyclists doesn't make you entitled to drive solely focused on the guys in front of you and ignoring other cyclists behind you and other road users in vehicles.
This guys idea of escorting was to ride with left hand wheel in the cycle lane marked in yellow, thus putting him three quarters of the way into the left hand lane where cars etc. needed to pass.
So as a solo cyclist trying to pass this group my options were to venture to the right of said escort vehicle and run the risk of getting taken out by a passing vehicle, from behind or in front. This was not the option I opted for.
The other option was to sneak past said escort vehicle on the left and run the risk of the escort taking me out. I decided this was the lesser of the 2 evils.
I did this, but now after passing the escort I ended up smack bang in the middle of the Anthem riders, who were riding in some instances some 4 abreast and having a good old chatter like on a coffee ride and not a training ride. They could afford to ride like this due to the blocking of the escort vehicle behind them.
Surely if you serious about training as a group and organizing an escort you will be trying to push the pace and not riding 4 abreast and talking like on a Sunday coffee ride.
Sorry guys but in terms of escorting and cycling etiquette clearly this club needs to work on the procedure.
I know I'll get the pitch fork treatment and be lambasted but this is typical " We a group so we are entitled" type of mentality that negates rights of other riders in the area.