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PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2009 12:02 
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Police are investigating after carpet tacks were spread across roads bringing a major cycle race to a halt.

More than 3,500 people were taking part in the Etape Caledonia, over 81 miles around Pitlochry in Perthshire.

It is the only cycle event in Britain where all the roads travelled on are closed - which has angered some locals.

Tacks were strewn on a section of the race, bursting hundreds of tyres. Police said it was a reckless act and it was fortunate no-one was hurt.

Cyclists ended up with damaged tyres and the event had to be stopped but organisers cleared the road and the race was completed.


the event:
http://www.etapecaledonia.co.uk/

the news:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/tay ... 050383.stm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/tay ... 054215.stm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/tay ... 055240.stm

the protest advice:
http://www.commentonline.co.uk/general/ ... omACRE.htm


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PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2009 14:36 
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"Protesters sabotage cycle event..."

I take issue with the way this has been 'spun' (not necessarily aimed at you Ed).

I have no doubt this happened and that it was done with malicious intent (and yes this is disgusting and dangerous).
What I don't know is if any protestors actually had anything to do with this.

Don’t forget, we already have thugs who think nothing of hurling eggs, hammers and bricks at passing traffic (even at fire engines), that doesn’t mean they are anti-car/motorist. Could this also be another case of mindless thuggery for cheap laughs?

Let’s first catch these b”£$%^&s before we start casting assertions as to their motives.


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PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2009 16:25 
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yup, agreed.
general consensus is that the majority are supportive of the event, as often the case it seems the vocal minority are upset cos they've not got what they wanted (demanded?).... which is a shame for the rest and the area in general.


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PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2009 18:13 
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ed_m wrote:
... the vocal minority are upset cos they've not got what they wanted (demanded?)....

TBH I can't see what the fuss is about. This is a one day event, not even lasting the whole day. It's not like there's a lot going on in that area anyway!
It's a bit sad.

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PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2009 18:52 
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Damn Internet, I just lost my post, and eloquent it was too!

1. Peaceful protest does not include damage or sabotage.

2. The local Iron Man triathlon closes the whole cycle route, so is this semantics saying the Etape Caledonia is the only cycling event to close all roads?

3. My only personal beef with closing roads for cycling events is that car rallies don't get the same privilege.

Not so eloquent, but hey ho.


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PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2009 19:34 
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Johnnytheboy wrote:
2. The local Iron Man triathlon closes the whole cycle route, so is this semantics saying the Etape Caledonia is the only cycling event to close all roads?


You don't have a local Ironman race anymore.. sorry... thank the castle owners for that.
Most of the roads were only closed in the direction of the race.


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What morons. What feck do they hope to achieve by being mindless morons :banghead:

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Most support. For record - we'd happily close roads. We will make a rolling road block when ToB passes through our patch later. Application received and I understand OK.

Not perfect - but it still works out OK

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/tay ... 057084.stm

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A 62-year-old man has been charged in connection with the sabotage of a cycle race in Highland Perthshire.

Carpet tacks were placed across sections of the Etape Caledonia route causing hundreds of cyclists to suffer punctures on Sunday.

The 81-mile race around Pitlochry had to be halted for about an hour-and-a-half while the road at Innerhadden and Schiehallion was made safe.

The man, from the Rannoch area, is due in court on Wednesday.


and a long press release...
http://www.etapecaledonia.co.uk/
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Jon Hazan, event director, said, “This is an important event for IMG and we are committed to ensuring it is a success, not only for our participants but for the local community.”

“We’ve been overwhelmed with messages from individuals and businesses who are, quite simply, appalled at what has happened on their doorstep, expressing their direct support for the event and encouraging us to return to the area in 2010. I can confirm that the actions of whoever is responsible will do nothing to deter us from returning to Highland Perthshire and strengthens our resolve to make the event a continuing success in 2010.”


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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 17:59 
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A 62-year-old man has been charged in connection with the sabotage of a cycle race in Highland Perthshire.

Assuming it was him that did it:

Flame on... :flamethrow:

Given his age, he probably didn't do it for a laugh; it's more likely he probably was protesting against the closure. Hence it's difficult to believe he doesn't have a driving license.

If he's found guilty then I would be happy to see his license taken away from him, then all roads will be permanently closed to him - poetic justice I think!
I don't want to be sharing the roads with idiots like that.

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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 20:15 
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A 62-year-old man has been charged in connection with the sabotage of a cycle race in Highland Perthshire.

Assuming it was him that did it:

Flame on... :flamethrow:

Given his age, he probably didn't do it for a laugh; it's more likely he probably was protesting against the closure. Hence it's difficult to believe he doesn't have a driving license.

If he's found guilty then I would be happy to see his license taken away from him, then all roads will be permanently closed to him - poetic justice I think!
I don't want to be sharing the roads with idiots like that.


Interesting that, with little more than a blank sheet to go, you automatically assume a cyclist-hating mad motorist.

Plausible enough? Or indicative of the effectiveness of the current trend of demonising the motorist that evan motorists think unthinkingly that motorists are to blame?

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interestingly... or not... the stated age of this chap is remarkably close to that of the protest group organiser.


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hairyben wrote:
Interesting that, with little more than a blank sheet to go, you automatically assume a cyclist-hating mad motorist.

You made a worse assumption. You seem to have automatically assumed I was describing a cycle hater (whoever the offender is).

The irony !

Whoever it is definitely mad - unless you disagree?

I gave my reasoning as to why the person is likely to be a motorist (as opposed to a mindless thug), with a clear indication it was all based on an assumption. Now I could of course be utterly wrong in that it was a non-motorist who took issue with the road closure (or the cyclists), but I don't see why that would be, do you?

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this just gets better... ... steve you'll like this :wink:

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scott ... -21373683/
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A COUNCIL chief has been charged over a bid to sabotage Scotland's biggest bike race.

Alex Grosset, 62, was arrested at his home in the early hours of yesterday morning.

He is expected to appear before Perth Sheriff Court today to face reckless conduct charges relating to thedisruption of the Etape Caledonia event through Perthshire on Sunday.


the report is woefully inaccurate in many other aspects!

i know more than a few involved who are proposing to recover their losses through civil action ... claim for a couple of new inner tubes maybe a new tyre.... :D


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Steve wrote:
hairyben wrote:
Interesting that, with little more than a blank sheet to go, you automatically assume a cyclist-hating mad motorist.

You made a worse assumption. You seem to have automatically assumed I was describing a cycle hater (whoever the offender is).

The irony !

Whoever it is definitely mad - unless you disagree?

I gave my reasoning as to why the person is likely to be a motorist (as opposed to a mindless thug), with a clear indication it was all based on an assumption. Now I could of course be utterly wrong in that it was a non-motorist who took issue with the road closure (or the cyclists), but I don't see why that would be, do you?


His being a cyclist hater is my assumption rather than an inflection of your comments.

Given that in country areas, the vast majority of people are motorists by necessity, I'd say it's a fairly safe assumption that the "offender" is indeed a motorist. What interests me is the connection you've made between someone doing bad things to cyclists and out of all the conjecture we could arrive at about the guilty party, who is is, what he does, how he thinks and why, you specifically chose "motorist".

It's just something that intrigues me about the current trend of pitting road users against each other and the popular demonisation of certain parties and subsequent counter-demonisation, rather than working out a cohesive road-sharing plan, and the psychology that results in, both in his actions and your comments, rather than an attempt to have a pop at you BTW. I made the same assumptions myself.

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You're right about that trend.

Because noone wants to increase transport infrastructure provision any more, capacity is a zero-sum game, so it serves our masters to pit different groups against each other to try and discourage us off the roads.

Paranoia's setting in! I'm turning into Dixie! :lol:


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hairyben wrote:
What interests me is the connection you've made between someone doing bad things to cyclists and out of all the conjecture we could arrive at about the guilty party, who is is, what he does, how he thinks and why, you specifically chose "motorist".

It's just something that intrigues me about the current trend of pitting road users against each other and the popular demonisation of certain parties and subsequent counter-demonisation, rather than working out a cohesive road-sharing plan, and the psychology that results in, both in his actions and your comments, rather than an attempt to have a pop at you BTW. I made the same assumptions myself.

In which case I may not have been clear enough.

I wasn't trying to make the connection to how he used the roads (but making that connection was a necessary evil), I was merely commenting about what punishment he should get if he is.

If all is as I suspect then I am hoping for a stiff and deliciously ironic penalty (which applies to motorists only):

He was against the road closure >> he should experience 'road closures' to the fullest extent the law can apply :)

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a slightly missing the point reaction from the protest group..
http://www.commentonline.co.uk/general/ ... action.htm


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It would be interesting to tot up business revenue lost due to road closures vs. business revenue gained by hosting big cycle race.


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Johnnytheboy wrote:
It would be interesting to tot up business revenue lost due to road closures vs. business revenue gained by hosting big cycle race.


The ACRE people seem to claim this event takes place in peak season....... mid may ? :?: oook then.
One of their statements also claimed most people only staying overnight... and it could be run on open roads like similar events.... the fact it's on closed road explains its popularity and people's willingness to travel so far for a single weekend.
Open the roads and I expect you'll get a much smaller number of entrants less inclined to travel as far and hence less in need of a full weekend's accomodation and feeding... and less local income.

As a whole I seriously doubt the area loses out, but I can see that some individual businesses may be unfortunate enough to lose out.
(Same problem with IMUK, the influx to local econom.y was quoted as something pretty massive, unfortunately it didn't beneifit the very vocal fisheries chap who's business was inside the bike loop)


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