Olympic star’s cycle race cancelled

Laura TrottLaura Trott won two cycling gold medals at the 2012 London Olympics

An East Yorkshire cycle race featuring Olympic double gold medal winner Laura Trott has been cancelled after police insisted on road closures.

The organisers of the event, Hull Thursday Road Club, called off the race claiming the road closures were impractical and unnecessary.

Race organiser Neil Prendergast said he was disappointed at the police’s stance.

Humberside Police have not so far commented.

The race was scheduled to take place on Sunday and had attracted more than 70 riders from across the UK, including Trott who won gold medals for the team pursuit and the omnium at the London games.

‘Not acceptable’

Mr Prendergast said the club had run many events over the years without closing roads. He claimed that the police had only made the demand earlier this week.

“There’s a lot of hard work gone into this, ” he said.

“Getting a lot of volunteers involved to help marshal it, etc and then at the last minute having to call it off is devastating.”

“It was an opportunity to showcase local cycling at its best with the help of a world class cyclist.

“It’s a little bit unreasonable to expect total road closure for a local event like this is just not acceptable”

Mr Prendergast called on Humberside Police to rethink their policy.

He said: “If we continue the way we are then everything at the moment is stopped and suspended.

“At the moment there is no future for racing at this level.”

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-humber-22405088#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa

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