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Cradle loop and a bit of a rant - share the road


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The Reason i don't like riding here and saw it again on Wednesday 16th. 

And also an open request to Cycle Lab and there riders and for that matter all the companies that have support vehicles following riders and planned groups. Common courtesy is lacking FIX IT, share the road.

At 08:00 16 June you cam past us in a group as we were waiting with my 10 year old to go down the MTB section from the Satellite. all fast with your support vehicle taking up the entire left hand lane. then the, what i assume, B group came past and the same issue.

As my wife left us and proceeded down with the car she encountered the same group after the circle, again taking up all available left hand lane and leaving no space to pass. If you want to shout at her for hooting to pass, came do it to my face. Even better i will gladly meet you at the shop so we can discuss this in person.

We all complain about motorist but never point the finger our way as we seem to be above reproach. I was glad to see many young kids there but am afraid we are not setting a good example.

So yes Cycle lab I am sorry but the guys are wearing your kit and you are proving support car however you are not the only ones and I dont think it is a good advertisement. Please speak to your riders especially in the big groups.

To the 2 people that stopped to have a chat at the 3de circle in the yellow lane, forcing us to go into the road to pass, thanks i didn't realize the big space next to the road was lava.

 same to the person that stopped to fix his puncture in the yellow lane.

Even normal cyclist, when they are done have no regard when the pull out or drive there.

So yes take me on, agree disagree. But that is why i dont like riding in the cradle.  And it is sad as it is really a nice place but not any safer than riding anywhere else.

As a side note. I do audax rides and long distance on the road and have never had an issue with Taxi's and trucks, and perhaps the odd car. But if i compare the issues i have and how dangerous cradle loop has become with cyclist never mind cars, I would rather not ride there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 minutes ago, Spy007 said:

 same to the person that stopped to fix his puncture in the yellow lane.

I'm only pulling this sentence out

Where should the puncture be fixed ?

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Sorry to hear about your experience. This isn’t the first CycleLab complaint abs won’t be the last.

Their groups (and to me frank I used to ride with them) are too big. It’s a challenge that they h e been trying to address for some time.

Go to the Lab and have a civil chat to them, I know a few of their marshals and they will all take the feedback if presented constructively.

Unfortunately, I suspect you are in for a rough time here as people are going to look past your complaint and will try argue semantics with you.

 

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And the award for the longest title ever goes to..... drumroll. 

Good post with all the information that everyone experiences in the cradle from time to time. 

I'm sure the rant made you feel a little better to just get it out. However, nothing will ever change. People as self entitled assholes. 

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8 minutes ago, Patchelicious said:

Sorry to hear about your experience. This isn’t the first CycleLab complaint abs won’t be the last.

Their groups (and to me frank I used to ride with them) are too big. It’s a challenge that they h e been trying to address for some time.

Go to the Lab and have a civil chat to them, I know a few of their marshals and they will all take the feedback if presented constructively.

Unfortunately, I suspect you are in for a rough time here as people are going to look past your complaint and will try argue semantics with you.

 

Thanks. I will and yes as you say im in for a rough time but that's sad as I am a cyclist, motorist and dad and have to explain to my son why some people are Numpties. And my wife has asked me is it not dangerous when i do long rides and my response is safer that the cradle.

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13 minutes ago, Jewbacca said:

Shouldn't he just get a new wheel from the support vehicle? Isn't that the point? (insert comic sans)

 

The one guy that stopped actually packed his bike and got in.

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6 minutes ago, Steady Spin said:

And the award for the longest title ever goes to..... drumroll. 

Good post with all the information that everyone experiences in the cradle from time to time. 

I'm sure the rant made you feel a little better to just get it out. However, nothing will ever change. People as self entitled assholes. 

Sadly didnt make me feel better but I am optimistic that some one might read it and take a piece to heart and next time perhaps fix his puncture on the side or perhaps just have a chat with them. I guess we can hope...

 

But at some point they must realize it is not good advertisement for them as there is a very negative perception about there club rides by people outside there club rides. So i guess like fight club

 

Rule 1 is .......

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14 minutes ago, MORNE said:

damn peasants....support BIKE please

LOL Yes. but I have never seen so many support cars. even seeing single riders with support?

 

Perhaps taking weight training a bit to far.

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7 minutes ago, Spy007 said:

Where i fix mine. next to the road outside the yellow lane.

I'm going to disagree with you on this.

How do you pass other people riding slower than you ? you would also then need to go into the road.

The yellow lane is an emergency lane that just happened to be turned into a cycle lane, I'm certainly not going to fix my puncture on the grass next to the road, but I'll also make sure I'm not taking up the entire lane if possible.

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2 minutes ago, Spy007 said:

LOL Yes. but I have never seen so many support cars. even seeing single riders with support?

 

Perhaps taking weight training a bit to far.

maybe it's like Jewey mentioned in anther thread....it's now considered the norm in SA if you want to look "pro" to have all the gear ...now including a support car it seems haha.

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Couple of weeks back when we went riding at Cradle Moon a couple of muppets sat on their mountain bikes in the middle of the road in the parking area and looked at us like we were crazy when we wanted to pass. The one guy moved probably about 30cm so I could just get past with the bakkie. The other damn idiots just sat there looking at us and refused to move. I managed to just squeeze through without hitting one of them. 

When we got to an open parking spot on the grass section our friends were already there. Guess what; they had exactly the same experience with the same guys a couple of minutes prior.

These clowns are everywhere.

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