CCC being a little disingenuous?

By 3 May 2007 54

A reader has sent in the above image of the Canberra Cycling Club photo page (full size and many more images are also available) from the weekend race which lead to the horrible accident on the Cotter Road.

The screenshot is particularly telling because, if you were to visit the above link now, you wouldn’t be able to find the pictures of the cyclists on the wrong side of the road any more.

This might be related to the Club’s media statement which made the following claim:

The Canberra Tour was conducted in accordance with road rules and approvals from the ACT Department of Territory and Municipal Services, and the immediate response was consistent with the incident plan for the event.

So how many riders were disqualified over the course of the event?

Seeing as we’re assured by cycle racing devotees the rules require this.

UPDATED: Without much pleasure (poking sticks at the Canberra Cycling Club isn’t a goal of mine) I’d be remiss if I didn’t pass along an observation. Another reader has noted that in a great many of the photos there appear to be support vehicles in the background on the wrong side of unbroken lines. This closeup illustrates the point:

Not exactly “conducted in accordance with road rules” then?

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54 Responses to
CCC being a little disingenuous?
RandomGit 2:34 pm
03 May 07

Can you say ‘Lobby Group’

johnboy 2:52 pm
03 May 07

Sorry RG, not quite taking your meaning?

Steve666 3:51 pm
03 May 07

Oh, the ironing, the ironing, the huge manatee!

Sammy 3:57 pm
03 May 07

Heads should definitely roll.

CraigFromCurtin 4:01 pm
03 May 07

Someone should make a complaint to the AFP investigation that these photos prove that the riders were not complying with the road rules, and that the organisers have now removed such photos, probably in an attempt to cover up the truth and, dare I say, pervert the course of justice? Well what do you call it when you hide evidence?

Sammy 4:03 pm
03 May 07

And think of the poor car driver, who through the poor management of this event is now in the position of being unintentionally involved in this horrendous accident.

futto 4:09 pm
03 May 07

Nice bit of work discovering that. This is why i enjoy coming to this website so much.

Ari 4:43 pm
03 May 07

Where are all the rabid cyclists defending this behaviour?

Bartron 6:50 pm
03 May 07

Ari, I can only assume they are out covering their tracks.

Aeek 7:24 pm
03 May 07

if you want inexcusable behaviour

“— opening doors into the bunch while stopped in the other lane
— opening doors into a bunch while passing the bunch at speed
— pulling in front of small rider groups after passing, then slamming on the brakes
— pulling alongside a bunch and slowly veering left
— throwing fairly large objects (e.g., big McDonald’s bag full of rubbish, full can of soda) at cyclists”

excerpt from
Comment by advocate — 2 May, 2007 @ 12:25 pm

Ari 8:16 pm
03 May 07

Yep, that’s a great defence.

I stand corrected.

Bartron 8:22 pm
03 May 07

Aeek, That makes disobeying the road rules and then claiming to operate “within the law” OK then?

Explain the cyclists behaviour, not that of a few idiot drivers (throwing stuff, veering and purposly slamming on brakes is not on, no matter what vehicle you travel in/on).

From the looks of them images it’s hardly one or two ‘bad apples’ doing the wrong thing….more like half the pack (and their support vehicles). You want respect on the road, show some respect for other road users and stay on the left….act as if you own the road an other road users will get the shits with you.

Aeek 8:32 pm
03 May 07

It gives a context for the support vehicles.
I’m not defending the riders crossing the centre line.

Its stay as left as practical, completely different.

Ari 8:54 pm
03 May 07

Simply, it’s cyclists as hypocrites.

Perfect example.

terubo 9:29 pm
03 May 07

Pedalling prats.

Nemo 9:35 pm
03 May 07

“pulling in front of small rider groups after passing, then slamming on the brakes”

This would be similar to how a car driver travelling at the speed limit feels everytime they suddenly encounter a pack of cyclists riding side by side.

It should be law for riders to ride in single file – and if there is a bike path next to the road, it should be mandatory to use it.

DavidM 9:36 pm
03 May 07

“Its stay as left as practical”

Well, surely it’s actually “stay on the left-hand side of the painted centre line”?

el 9:56 pm
03 May 07

“Stay left as practical”? – The first photo clearly shows a pair of unbroken white lines – they’re illegal to cross.

“Pedalling prats” is probably too diplomatic a term, Terubo.

johnboy 10:03 pm
03 May 07

If cyclists insist on making it a lawless free fire zone one wonders why they should complain about getting mowed down by vehicles which barely register the impact.

el 10:07 pm
03 May 07

Christ, I just clicked the link for ‘more images’ and they’re even worse. It’s terribly apparent these were regular and deliberate incidents of riding, in packs, illegally on the wrong side of the road.

johnboy 10:10 pm
03 May 07

I have to say I’m a little surprised and disappointed that the mainstream media hasn’t done more with this.

And that’s a pretty low depth to fall from.

Aeek 10:15 pm
03 May 07

el: sorry, I misread Bartron’s “stay on the left” as keep to the left edge. Totally impractical with that many riders. I totally agree, they should not have been crossing the centre line, let alone double lines.

Nemo: a 60kmh vehicle should be sharing with the family groups?

seepi 10:48 pm
03 May 07

Nobody wants to be seen to be blaming the victim.

auntiesocial 1:57 am
04 May 07

99% fat-free feast for bitumen roads.

terubo 6:54 am
04 May 07

Makes an interesting change from the usual kind of roadkill.

(Less diplomatic, el?)

VYBerlinaV8 now_with 9:19 am
04 May 07

The majority of car drivers obey the rules for a majority of the time. Major rules (stay in lane, obey traffic lights, etc) don’t get broken very often by cars.

Pity the same can’t be said of cyclists. What a selfish group of prats.

bonfire 9:35 am
04 May 07

of course if some young kids in hotted up ricers had done something similar, you could expect naomi tonight and their ilk to be broadcasting these images far and wide.

Woody Mann-Caruso 9:35 am
04 May 07

Only some cyclists are twats, in the same way that only some motorists are twats; it’s just very easy to notice evidence that confirms a bias one way or the other.

However, the behaviour of one doesn’t excuse the behavior of the other. No amount of door opening justifies the way this race was conducted (and this race doesn’t justify the generalised slander against cyclists as a whole).

So, having said all that, these cyclists are twats, and the CCC are twats for their pathetic cover-up. If I don’t read about this in the Canberra Times tomorrow, I’ll be very, very disappointed.

Pedant 9:43 am
04 May 07

The Crimes have all the above information. They just don’t want to upset the pedalphiles.

johnboy 10:09 am
04 May 07

I’ll have to admit WMC, I’ve been a little disappointed this hasn’t been picked up more widely so far.

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