An angry resident unhappy with road closures linked to a major cycling event in Peterborough this weekend has made his objections clear – writing ‘No racing’ in huge white letters on the road where the event will take place.
The graffiti appeared overnight on Oundle Road in Chesterton, just outside Peterborough city limits. It appears to be sending a message to organizers of the Tour of Cambridgeshire cycling event, which will be based at the East of England Showground this weekend.
The event will see thousands of cyclists take part in a series of events on Saturday and Sunday. Several road closures will be in place throughout the weekend.
Oundle Road in Chesterton will be closed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 8.15 p.m. on Sunday.
The race has caused controversy this year, with some businesses and residents on the course demanding a different route for the event in future years.
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The graffiti appeared last night.
North West Cambridgeshire MP Shailesh Vara, who was among those calling for route changes for the event, said: “Making a protest in this way is not the way to go.
“There is a balance that needs to be struck to ensure there is good enjoyment between the participants and their supporters, and other members of the local community who are affected by the race.
“This means full and constructive engagement from all parties involved, including race organisers, local councils as well as residents and businesses. Communication is vital and it must be well in advance of the race. »
A spokesman for event organisers, Golazo Cycling, said: “We heard local residents were very upset with this act of vandalism and were looking to see how we could support the removal and cleanup.”
“We will review the Tour of Cambridgeshire with the organizers after the race weekend. Where appropriate, complaints and issues will be discussed with the event organisers.”