Monday, September 12, 2011

Tour Of Britain - Stage 2 ... Cancelled ...

Shame, but I guess we could see it coming. A joint decision has been taken by Tour of Britain organisers, in conjunction with teams and riders, officials and police that Stage Two of The Tour of Britain, from Kendal to Blackpool will not take place in light of the extremely high winds in the Northwest of England.

However, it was very good to see that for the disappointed fans at the start and end points of the stage, they organised a processional 'parade' at Kendal and a flotilla of cars in Blackpool, with many riders spending time talking to fans and signing autographs.

Explaining the decision, Tour of Britain Race Director Mick Bennett said;
"In my thirty years of organising cycling events I have never once had to cancel a stage before it even started, so this is not a decision that has been taken lightly.

However today has presented as with a set of extreme circumstances.  The safety of competitors, officials, staff and of course spectators is of more importance than the spectacle of the event.  We cannot, and will not take the slightest risk when it comes to safety, hence today’s decision.

Pockets of the route, including the start at Kendal were more sheltered but still experienced extremely blustery conditions.  In the main though there were large sections of the stage on exposed hillsides, including the three Skoda King of the Mountains locations, plus the final five kilometres of the stage along Blackpool Promenade, where conditions were deemed unsafe by ourselves as organisers, hence the regrettable decision to cancel the stage.

I would like to thank the teams and riders for their assistance today, and apologise to the many spectators out on the route who have missed out on the opportunity to see The Tour of Britain, but we hope that they will understand the reasons behind our decision."