I guess I am just a tad angry and frustrated and need to talk about it. Last weekend (Aug 10 &11) we had our 13th annual MS Bike Ride. There were 450 cyclists (last count) on a 85km ride to raise money and awareness for Multiple Sclerosis.
Beautiful day, light wind, hot excellent day for a ride. But I can't beleive the motorists on the road and what they did to the cyclistys and volunteers on this ride.
One of the flag-people was pepper sprayed by a passing motorist. A guy in a pickup stopped to ask a flag person what the ride ws about and then pulled out a can of pepper spray, nailed the flag person and drove off. What got me the most was that noone seemed to upset about it. I was thinkin' about dropping out of the ride if it was gonna get like this. But listening to everyone else they did not seem to talk about it much or seemed angry. Perhaps they didn't want this a$$hole to bring everyone down, hence didn't talk about it much....?
One guy screamed at me as he went by.
One lady stopped at my wifes rest stop (wife was volunteering) and said that we have to get control of the cyclists who where 3 and 4 abreast. That one I am not to upset about, as she was right. Alot of the cyclists where just not obeying the rules, weaving, riding 3-4 abreast and not moving over, etc. It pi$$e$ people off.
Other I was talkin to said some motorist screamed "get off the f---in' road!".
These where just a few I heard about, I am sure theres many more.
I am at a lost to understand why people would act this way to another group who are doing a fund raiser. It is only once a year, on a country backroad, on a weekend, with plenty of warning about what they would encounter (signs) on that road.
I am a bit miffed at the organizers of this ride also.
There was no police presents with the exception of leading the start group down the road for about 2km, other than that no police car passed me the 2 days of the ride, no police car at the major intersections, no rules of safety to follow for the ride other than "wear your helmet".
Has anyone else participated in fund raisers like this and has anything like this happened?
I am going to have a talk with the organizers as to advising people proper ettiquete on the road while cycling.