No speed limit at RideLondon after all, but attendees reminded it wasn’t a race

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After all, no speed limit will automatically be imposed on RideLondon-Essex 100 riders.

The organizer sent a response to at least one participant, explaining that the idea of ​​a 22mph safety car had been announced “in error”.

One rider, who had contacted the organizers, forwarded his response – in which he was told: “The event safety car will move at a pace determined by the conditions and what is happening on the road.”

The organizer then published a confirming the same.

Despite the removal of the 22mph speed limit, attendees of the May 29 event were reminded that it was “not a race”, but rather a “participation race of mass on traffic-free roads during defined road closure periods”.

News of the speed limit was revealed in the event guide published by organizers over the weekend, along with start times for attendees. The limit could have forced riders to slow down or regroup.

However, confirmation that the safety car will not have a set speed throughout the day will allay fears that faster riders will be held up or bunched up due to people seeking later start times in order to go further. fast on the course.

The message reads: “The event guide sent out last week stated that the event safety car, at the front of the ride, would be moving at 22 mph. This is not the case and we apologize for the error.The event safety car will move at a pace determined by the conditions and what is happening on the road.

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“Given that the Event Safety Car starts well before the first wave of riders, it is unlikely that many riders – if any – will see the Event Safety Car during the event. However, if riders see the event safety car they should not overtake it under any circumstances, it is there for the safety of the driver and the event.

“We would like to remind riders that everyone in the event is required to slow down and/or stop on the way throughout the course, in accordance with the instructions of the marshals and stewards to allow access to vehicles of emergency, critical services or resident access.

“The RideLondon-Essex 100 is not a race. It is vitally important that the instructions of marshals and stewards are followed by riders at all times.”

There was anger on social media over the proposed speed limit, with participants pointing out that the suggested 22mph speed limit could easily be matched or exceeded by those riding in groups on a largely flat course through the ‘Essex.

A runner taking part next weekend, Ralph Blackburn, had said weekly cycling that the limit could “cause more problems than it solves”.

“It’s a faster route this year,” he said. “With fewer climbs in Essex compared to Surrey, and faster cyclists could easily create a big group behind the speed-limited car – which would get bigger and bigger as the course progressed. For cyclists who don’t aren’t used to riding in large groups, it could potentially cause safety issues.”

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