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CCC being a little disingenuous?

By johnboy 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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bonfire 1:12 pm 07 May 07

i note in the sunday ct that mountain bike riders have been harassing peacefiul law abiding equestrians and their horses.

will this 2 wheeled menace ever be controlled.

kennardly 9:47 pm 05 May 07

Vic, again, car drivers always abide by the rules?? – see what Danman said.

“Don’t you ever dare to bleat to us taxpayers” – like as if cyclists aren’t also taxpayers – they are some sort of sub-humans who don’t also drive cars, earn money, pay frickin taxes.

Vic, you’d better hope you never have kids who ride bikes and get injured because I bet they won’t really deserve it….. And the drunken car driver who might hit them won’t be shunned by you because he was driving a car and so is above all reproach.

Vic Bitterman 9:30 pm 05 May 07

Well, you cyclists have been well and truly *owned*.

You have been proven by comment and photographic evidence, to be reckless law breakers without a care in world for the road rules the rest of us abide.

You deserve every injury you receive.

Don’t you ever dare to bleat to us taxpayers about anything ever again.

kennardly 5:41 pm 05 May 07

agreed

johnboy 1:40 pm 05 May 07

But responsible organisers could disqualify the rule breakers and thereby create an incentive to obey the rules.

kennardly 1:22 pm 05 May 07

J Dawg, these people were racing on a road – how amazed would you be if some of them didn’t cross the double yellow lines – humans break rules if they can, especially in competitive situations. So, if you hold a bike race on a road, people will always cross the lines, simple as that. It has nothing to do with “Cyclists” and their mentalities. Marathon runners wouldn’t stick to their side of the road if they can get an advantage…

Pandy 1:03 am 05 May 07

I am still waiting for the CCC to upload their media statement from 3/5/7. There is an announcement on their news page, but there is no link to anything.

johnboy 11:25 pm 04 May 07

Now who’s being disingenuous? 😉

Send it in.

J Dawg 11:18 pm 04 May 07

The point is that regardless of the fact that there are tools who drive and there are tools who cycle, these cyclists are breaking the rules on the road of the cars.

Sure, the road can be used by anyone, but it doesn’t take a fool here to point out that on a narrow rural road with no shoulder, the car is king. Personally, I think that cyclists using a road like this should always give way, acknowledge, and make way for a car (where ever possible). After all, you don’t go into someone’s house and take a shit in the middle of their living room.

Woody Mann-Caruso 5:06 pm 04 May 07

Now who’s being disingenuous? 😉

johnboy 3:52 pm 04 May 07

I’d just like to ad that if anyone has pictures of cars on the wrong side of the road while their peak body claims to be abiding by road rules we will be more than happy to publish them.

kennardly 3:25 pm 04 May 07

AMEN

Mr_Shab 3:11 pm 04 May 07

Thank you brother Danman!

Can I get an AMEN!

Danman 2:15 pm 04 May 07

I think being a prick is universal.
All road users have the power – just some choose to use it.

In this instance its the tools in the photograph.

Thats not to say motorised road users are little angels either.

Pricks always pass me on Gunghalin drive at 6 in th emorning – going past me liek I am standing still – at least 140 in an 80 .

But yet the roads are clear. Whats the rush.
If your late – leave earlier.

pfft to tools. Two fingers up 😛

Not just bike riding tools.
Tools in general.

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