Hundreds of cyclists set out for Wiggle New Forest bike ride

Bournemouth Echo: Wiggle New Forest bike ride gets underway Wiggle New Forest bike ride gets underway

THE Wiggle New Forest bike ride got underway this morning with hundreds of riders setting off from Matchams Leisure Park.

The first riders got underway around 7.30am with groups of around 20 at a time leaving the Matchams Lane site every few minutes after that.

UK Cycling Events, the organiser of the Wiggle rides, moved the start of the sell-out ride to Matchams this year from their previous New Forest Showground site.

The event has caused controversy in the past with complaints from residents about the conduct of the riders, while last year cyclists were hit by acts of sabotage, with protesters putting tacks on the roads and signs being torn down.

This year, opponents of the event have published posters urging residents to alert the authorities if any of the entrants cause trouble.

The posters list 15 towns and villages across the Forest where critics claim incidents could occur over the weekend.

As riders were leaving the site this year, Martin Barden, director of UK Cycling Events was warning riders of the rules and regulations of the ride.

He told the groups before they set out: “We don’t want to see anyone cycling two, three or four abreast; do not block out the road.

“Anyone seen to be doing that will get banned from today’s event. Have a wonderful time, but do it in a responsible way.”

He added he wanted the event to go smoothly but ‘please play your part’.

Father and son, Dave, 45, and Matt Wilson, 25, from Southampton said they were taking part in the event for the first time.

“It’s local and it’s in the beautiful New Forest”, Matt said.

“It’s right they should take a strict stance with people; the roads aren’t closed and frankly people should be riding sensibly anyway”, Dave added.

Craig Lewis, 36, Cathy Thompson, 42, and Roy Collins, 58, from Poole were taking part in the event for the first time.

Talking about the conduct on the roads, the group agreed with the organisers’ position.

“You’ve got to take responsibility on the roads; I think they’re right to remind people.”

And Rob Crawford, 32, from Bournemouth added: “You’ve got to use your common sense.”

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11:53am Sat 12 Apr 14

Buddles says...

Hubby wanted to go to Fritham today for a walk and maybe a nice pint at the Royal Oak. I said don't bother........or tomorrow. Grrrrr!
Hubby wanted to go to Fritham today for a walk and maybe a nice pint at the Royal Oak. I said don't bother........or tomorrow. Grrrrr! Buddles
  • Score: -46

12:20pm Sat 12 Apr 14

goatty says...

Just driven through Forest and the morons are riding 4 abreast with organisers looking on. Typical of this group to ignore the instructions and just do as they like. Ban them!
Just driven through Forest and the morons are riding 4 abreast with organisers looking on. Typical of this group to ignore the instructions and just do as they like. Ban them! goatty
  • Score: -4

12:23pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Letcommonsenseprevail says...

Any sport where the girls wear skin tight Lycra gets my vote.
Any sport where the girls wear skin tight Lycra gets my vote. Letcommonsenseprevail
  • Score: 25

12:24pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Letcommonsenseprevail says...

Letcommonsenseprevai
l
wrote:
Any sport where the girls wear skin tight Lycra gets my vote.
Flip side being the chubby middle-aged Bradley Wiggins wannabes!
[quote][p][bold]Letcommonsenseprevai l[/bold] wrote: Any sport where the girls wear skin tight Lycra gets my vote.[/p][/quote]Flip side being the chubby middle-aged Bradley Wiggins wannabes! Letcommonsenseprevail
  • Score: 15

12:38pm Sat 12 Apr 14

twynham says...

Buddles wrote:
Hubby wanted to go to Fritham today for a walk and maybe a nice pint at the Royal Oak. I said don't bother........or tomorrow. Grrrrr!
Shame it's such a small forest!
[quote][p][bold]Buddles[/bold] wrote: Hubby wanted to go to Fritham today for a walk and maybe a nice pint at the Royal Oak. I said don't bother........or tomorrow. Grrrrr![/p][/quote]Shame it's such a small forest! twynham
  • Score: 49

1:20pm Sat 12 Apr 14

boardsandphotos says...

twynham wrote:
Buddles wrote:
Hubby wanted to go to Fritham today for a walk and maybe a nice pint at the Royal Oak. I said don't bother........or tomorrow. Grrrrr!
Shame it's such a small forest!
Yeah and it's such a shame this event was so poorly advertised so people didn't have any knowledge of it and therefore unable to plan around it........oh wait!
[quote][p][bold]twynham[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Buddles[/bold] wrote: Hubby wanted to go to Fritham today for a walk and maybe a nice pint at the Royal Oak. I said don't bother........or tomorrow. Grrrrr![/p][/quote]Shame it's such a small forest![/p][/quote]Yeah and it's such a shame this event was so poorly advertised so people didn't have any knowledge of it and therefore unable to plan around it........oh wait! boardsandphotos
  • Score: 31

1:37pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Time_Traveller says...

Buddles wrote:
Hubby wanted to go to Fritham today for a walk and maybe a nice pint at the Royal Oak. I said don't bother........or tomorrow. Grrrrr!
So because your husband wants a pint, no one else is allowed to use the Forest?

I am neither a cyclist or horse rider - but for heavens sake! This event takes up TWO days and we have the rest of the year to enjoy the Forest even if it means staying away THIS particular weekend!!

So many NIMBY's living around the Forest need to remember - IT IS NOT *YOUR* PRIVATE LAND - it's there for EVERYONE to enjoy, so if you don't want to see the bikes, stay indoors ...... you might be doing us all a favour that way :o/
[quote][p][bold]Buddles[/bold] wrote: Hubby wanted to go to Fritham today for a walk and maybe a nice pint at the Royal Oak. I said don't bother........or tomorrow. Grrrrr![/p][/quote]So because your husband wants a pint, no one else is allowed to use the Forest? I am neither a cyclist or horse rider - but for heavens sake! This event takes up TWO days and we have the rest of the year to enjoy the Forest even if it means staying away THIS particular weekend!! So many NIMBY's living around the Forest need to remember - IT IS NOT *YOUR* PRIVATE LAND - it's there for EVERYONE to enjoy, so if you don't want to see the bikes, stay indoors ...... you might be doing us all a favour that way :o/ Time_Traveller
  • Score: 57

2:44pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

WATCH OUT FOR THAT DONKEY, BARRY, too late.......BANG

Oh dear, someone please call an Ambulance and a Vet.

But call Halfords first and see if they've got a new 26 inch quick relese wheel in stock.

Ta
WATCH OUT FOR THAT DONKEY, BARRY, too late.......BANG Oh dear, someone please call an Ambulance and a Vet. But call Halfords first and see if they've got a new 26 inch quick relese wheel in stock. Ta Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: -12

5:01pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Buddles says...

Time_Traveller wrote:
Buddles wrote:
Hubby wanted to go to Fritham today for a walk and maybe a nice pint at the Royal Oak. I said don't bother........or tomorrow. Grrrrr!
So because your husband wants a pint, no one else is allowed to use the Forest?

I am neither a cyclist or horse rider - but for heavens sake! This event takes up TWO days and we have the rest of the year to enjoy the Forest even if it means staying away THIS particular weekend!!

So many NIMBY's living around the Forest need to remember - IT IS NOT *YOUR* PRIVATE LAND - it's there for EVERYONE to enjoy, so if you don't want to see the bikes, stay indoors ...... you might be doing us all a favour that way :o/
Thankyou.

Maybe next weekend. The rest of the week is taken up with radiotherapy for his cancer, it's a 50 mile round trip.
[quote][p][bold]Time_Traveller[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Buddles[/bold] wrote: Hubby wanted to go to Fritham today for a walk and maybe a nice pint at the Royal Oak. I said don't bother........or tomorrow. Grrrrr![/p][/quote]So because your husband wants a pint, no one else is allowed to use the Forest? I am neither a cyclist or horse rider - but for heavens sake! This event takes up TWO days and we have the rest of the year to enjoy the Forest even if it means staying away THIS particular weekend!! So many NIMBY's living around the Forest need to remember - IT IS NOT *YOUR* PRIVATE LAND - it's there for EVERYONE to enjoy, so if you don't want to see the bikes, stay indoors ...... you might be doing us all a favour that way :o/[/p][/quote]Thankyou. Maybe next weekend. The rest of the week is taken up with radiotherapy for his cancer, it's a 50 mile round trip. Buddles
  • Score: -51

5:22pm Sat 12 Apr 14

pete woodley says...

I have two lots of cancer,and when i had radiotherapy at Poole Hospital,i did not expect Poole High Street, and the Quay,to be closed,so why add the sympathy plea in ?.
I have two lots of cancer,and when i had radiotherapy at Poole Hospital,i did not expect Poole High Street, and the Quay,to be closed,so why add the sympathy plea in ?. pete woodley
  • Score: 41

5:35pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Time_Traveller says...

Buddles wrote:
Time_Traveller wrote:
Buddles wrote:
Hubby wanted to go to Fritham today for a walk and maybe a nice pint at the Royal Oak. I said don't bother........or tomorrow. Grrrrr!
So because your husband wants a pint, no one else is allowed to use the Forest?

I am neither a cyclist or horse rider - but for heavens sake! This event takes up TWO days and we have the rest of the year to enjoy the Forest even if it means staying away THIS particular weekend!!

So many NIMBY's living around the Forest need to remember - IT IS NOT *YOUR* PRIVATE LAND - it's there for EVERYONE to enjoy, so if you don't want to see the bikes, stay indoors ...... you might be doing us all a favour that way :o/
Thankyou.

Maybe next weekend. The rest of the week is taken up with radiotherapy for his cancer, it's a 50 mile round trip.
The fact that he has had such a brush with death surely means he can now appreciate the value of living - and that we ALL need to get along on this planet we call home - even if that means sharing OUR forest with other people - be they on two legs, riding on horses or cycling .....

I hope he enjoys his pint next weekend, but I also hope the cycling group enjoyed their weekend this weekend too. I am happy that other people are happy ;o)
[quote][p][bold]Buddles[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Time_Traveller[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Buddles[/bold] wrote: Hubby wanted to go to Fritham today for a walk and maybe a nice pint at the Royal Oak. I said don't bother........or tomorrow. Grrrrr![/p][/quote]So because your husband wants a pint, no one else is allowed to use the Forest? I am neither a cyclist or horse rider - but for heavens sake! This event takes up TWO days and we have the rest of the year to enjoy the Forest even if it means staying away THIS particular weekend!! So many NIMBY's living around the Forest need to remember - IT IS NOT *YOUR* PRIVATE LAND - it's there for EVERYONE to enjoy, so if you don't want to see the bikes, stay indoors ...... you might be doing us all a favour that way :o/[/p][/quote]Thankyou. Maybe next weekend. The rest of the week is taken up with radiotherapy for his cancer, it's a 50 mile round trip.[/p][/quote]The fact that he has had such a brush with death surely means he can now appreciate the value of living - and that we ALL need to get along on this planet we call home - even if that means sharing OUR forest with other people - be they on two legs, riding on horses or cycling ..... I hope he enjoys his pint next weekend, but I also hope the cycling group enjoyed their weekend this weekend too. I am happy that other people are happy ;o) Time_Traveller
  • Score: 38

7:15pm Sat 12 Apr 14

newforestbloke says...

goatty wrote:
Just driven through Forest and the morons are riding 4 abreast with organisers looking on. Typical of this group to ignore the instructions and just do as they like. Ban them!
the collect evidence and submit it to the relevant authorities. It is claimed....oh yeah....that any participant flouting either the New Forest cycling code or the Highway Code will be banned.

excuse the typos... just seen flying pig
[quote][p][bold]goatty[/bold] wrote: Just driven through Forest and the morons are riding 4 abreast with organisers looking on. Typical of this group to ignore the instructions and just do as they like. Ban them![/p][/quote]the collect evidence and submit it to the relevant authorities. It is claimed....oh yeah....that any participant flouting either the New Forest cycling code or the Highway Code will be banned. excuse the typos... just seen flying pig newforestbloke
  • Score: -9

7:29pm Sat 12 Apr 14

newforestbloke says...

Time_Traveller wrote:
Buddles wrote:
Hubby wanted to go to Fritham today for a walk and maybe a nice pint at the Royal Oak. I said don't bother........or tomorrow. Grrrrr!
So because your husband wants a pint, no one else is allowed to use the Forest?

I am neither a cyclist or horse rider - but for heavens sake! This event takes up TWO days and we have the rest of the year to enjoy the Forest even if it means staying away THIS particular weekend!!

So many NIMBY's living around the Forest need to remember - IT IS NOT *YOUR* PRIVATE LAND - it's there for EVERYONE to enjoy, so if you don't want to see the bikes, stay indoors ...... you might be doing us all a favour that way :o/
no, we don't have "the rest ofthe year to 'enjoy' the Forest" for startersthere are at least 2 more Wiggle events scheduled this year for a start before listing all the other cycling and other events planned for this year on the New forest.

apparently the New Forest is for EVERYONE (quote) to enjoy...with the exception for those who live and/or work there who are treated like something you just trod in
[quote][p][bold]Time_Traveller[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Buddles[/bold] wrote: Hubby wanted to go to Fritham today for a walk and maybe a nice pint at the Royal Oak. I said don't bother........or tomorrow. Grrrrr![/p][/quote]So because your husband wants a pint, no one else is allowed to use the Forest? I am neither a cyclist or horse rider - but for heavens sake! This event takes up TWO days and we have the rest of the year to enjoy the Forest even if it means staying away THIS particular weekend!! So many NIMBY's living around the Forest need to remember - IT IS NOT *YOUR* PRIVATE LAND - it's there for EVERYONE to enjoy, so if you don't want to see the bikes, stay indoors ...... you might be doing us all a favour that way :o/[/p][/quote]no, we don't have "the rest ofthe year to 'enjoy' the Forest" for startersthere are at least 2 more Wiggle events scheduled this year for a start before listing all the other cycling and other events planned for this year on the New forest. apparently the New Forest is for EVERYONE (quote) to enjoy...with the exception for those who live and/or work there who are treated like something you just trod in newforestbloke
  • Score: -25

7:34pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Turtlebay says...

Mr Barden the organiser said that the event is neither a race nor a time trial.

Yet in yesterday's Echo he was quoted as saying that those entrants who broke the road rules would be disqualified.

How do you disqualify someone from taking part in a non competitive event?
Mr Barden the organiser said that the event is neither a race nor a time trial. Yet in yesterday's Echo he was quoted as saying that those entrants who broke the road rules would be disqualified. How do you disqualify someone from taking part in a non competitive event? Turtlebay
  • Score: -5

9:10pm Sat 12 Apr 14

sprintervanman says...

Turtlebay wrote:
Mr Barden the organiser said that the event is neither a race nor a time trial.

Yet in yesterday's Echo he was quoted as saying that those entrants who broke the road rules would be disqualified.

How do you disqualify someone from taking part in a non competitive event?
The same way you disqualify a driver for breaking the rules.You take away their right to take part in Driving on the road which is also a non competitive event.
[quote][p][bold]Turtlebay[/bold] wrote: Mr Barden the organiser said that the event is neither a race nor a time trial. Yet in yesterday's Echo he was quoted as saying that those entrants who broke the road rules would be disqualified. How do you disqualify someone from taking part in a non competitive event?[/p][/quote]The same way you disqualify a driver for breaking the rules.You take away their right to take part in Driving on the road which is also a non competitive event. sprintervanman
  • Score: 21

7:19am Sun 13 Apr 14

newforestbloke says...

Letcommonsenseprevai
l
wrote:
Letcommonsenseprevai

l
wrote:
Any sport where the girls wear skin tight Lycra gets my vote.
Flip side being the chubby middle-aged Bradley Wiggins wannabes!
one participant last year was more of a fat BD wannabee complete with builders bottom. A good advert for "cycling keeps you fit"
[quote][p][bold]Letcommonsenseprevai l[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Letcommonsenseprevai l[/bold] wrote: Any sport where the girls wear skin tight Lycra gets my vote.[/p][/quote]Flip side being the chubby middle-aged Bradley Wiggins wannabes![/p][/quote]one participant last year was more of a fat BD wannabee complete with builders bottom. A good advert for "cycling keeps you fit" newforestbloke
  • Score: -12

8:16am Sun 13 Apr 14

boardsandphotos says...

newforestbloke wrote:
Letcommonsenseprevai

l
wrote:
Letcommonsenseprevai


l
wrote:
Any sport where the girls wear skin tight Lycra gets my vote.
Flip side being the chubby middle-aged Bradley Wiggins wannabes!
one participant last year was more of a fat BD wannabee complete with builders bottom. A good advert for "cycling keeps you fit"
So would you rather he be sat at home munching on a burger?

Everyone has to start somewhere and if he's realised he needs to lose some pounds and has got out there on his bike then good luck to him.

It's not a fashion parade....
[quote][p][bold]newforestbloke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Letcommonsenseprevai l[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Letcommonsenseprevai l[/bold] wrote: Any sport where the girls wear skin tight Lycra gets my vote.[/p][/quote]Flip side being the chubby middle-aged Bradley Wiggins wannabes![/p][/quote]one participant last year was more of a fat BD wannabee complete with builders bottom. A good advert for "cycling keeps you fit"[/p][/quote]So would you rather he be sat at home munching on a burger? Everyone has to start somewhere and if he's realised he needs to lose some pounds and has got out there on his bike then good luck to him. It's not a fashion parade.... boardsandphotos
  • Score: 18

9:53am Sun 13 Apr 14

glendower2909 says...

Buddles wrote:
Time_Traveller wrote:
Buddles wrote:
Hubby wanted to go to Fritham today for a walk and maybe a nice pint at the Royal Oak. I said don't bother........or tomorrow. Grrrrr!
So because your husband wants a pint, no one else is allowed to use the Forest?

I am neither a cyclist or horse rider - but for heavens sake! This event takes up TWO days and we have the rest of the year to enjoy the Forest even if it means staying away THIS particular weekend!!

So many NIMBY's living around the Forest need to remember - IT IS NOT *YOUR* PRIVATE LAND - it's there for EVERYONE to enjoy, so if you don't want to see the bikes, stay indoors ...... you might be doing us all a favour that way :o/
Thankyou.

Maybe next weekend. The rest of the week is taken up with radiotherapy for his cancer, it's a 50 mile round trip.
Sorry. While I wish your husband well this is a ridiculous comment. So you live 25 miles from the forest to plenty of other pubs n that radius in equally beautiful parts of the country.

Really why do some people feel the need to bare all. Your comment was worthy of an xfactor or BGT preamble preamble introduction.
[quote][p][bold]Buddles[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Time_Traveller[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Buddles[/bold] wrote: Hubby wanted to go to Fritham today for a walk and maybe a nice pint at the Royal Oak. I said don't bother........or tomorrow. Grrrrr![/p][/quote]So because your husband wants a pint, no one else is allowed to use the Forest? I am neither a cyclist or horse rider - but for heavens sake! This event takes up TWO days and we have the rest of the year to enjoy the Forest even if it means staying away THIS particular weekend!! So many NIMBY's living around the Forest need to remember - IT IS NOT *YOUR* PRIVATE LAND - it's there for EVERYONE to enjoy, so if you don't want to see the bikes, stay indoors ...... you might be doing us all a favour that way :o/[/p][/quote]Thankyou. Maybe next weekend. The rest of the week is taken up with radiotherapy for his cancer, it's a 50 mile round trip.[/p][/quote]Sorry. While I wish your husband well this is a ridiculous comment. So you live 25 miles from the forest to plenty of other pubs n that radius in equally beautiful parts of the country. Really why do some people feel the need to bare all. Your comment was worthy of an xfactor or BGT preamble preamble introduction. glendower2909
  • Score: 11

10:00am Sun 13 Apr 14

glendower2909 says...

Sorry re my last comment I take it back. Just got off the train in London to have a quiet pint with some old friends. How annoying. Some selfish git has organised some sort of cross country run through the capital today. 1000's of people in shorts and Lycra and their running 100 abreast at points. No regard for others. They could have at least advertised it.
Sorry re my last comment I take it back. Just got off the train in London to have a quiet pint with some old friends. How annoying. Some selfish git has organised some sort of cross country run through the capital today. 1000's of people in shorts and Lycra and their running 100 abreast at points. No regard for others. They could have at least advertised it. glendower2909
  • Score: 19

11:48am Sun 13 Apr 14

Buddles says...

glendower2909 wrote:
Buddles wrote:
Time_Traveller wrote:
Buddles wrote:
Hubby wanted to go to Fritham today for a walk and maybe a nice pint at the Royal Oak. I said don't bother........or tomorrow. Grrrrr!
So because your husband wants a pint, no one else is allowed to use the Forest?

I am neither a cyclist or horse rider - but for heavens sake! This event takes up TWO days and we have the rest of the year to enjoy the Forest even if it means staying away THIS particular weekend!!

So many NIMBY's living around the Forest need to remember - IT IS NOT *YOUR* PRIVATE LAND - it's there for EVERYONE to enjoy, so if you don't want to see the bikes, stay indoors ...... you might be doing us all a favour that way :o/
Thankyou.

Maybe next weekend. The rest of the week is taken up with radiotherapy for his cancer, it's a 50 mile round trip.
Sorry. While I wish your husband well this is a ridiculous comment. So you live 25 miles from the forest to plenty of other pubs n that radius in equally beautiful parts of the country.

Really why do some people feel the need to bare all. Your comment was worthy of an xfactor or BGT preamble preamble introduction.
My last comment.

I live near Sway. The long round trip is to the Hospital....differen
t hospitals have different RT machines to treat different cancers. Maybe some people don't know this and I hope they never have to.

I actually don't bear much malice to cyclists who respect the Highway Code. I knew that the Wiggle event was happening and that the start/finish was at Matchams. What I didn't know was their route. On the Wiggle site I found the map and saw that Avon Causeway, Derritt Lane etc.... was part of the route. I hope the cyclists coped with the "pinch points" and obeyed the rights of way OK! It just so happens that the route I wanted to take to Fritham was part of their route and Fritham itself would be deluged with hundreds of folk on 2 wheels.
Some of the lanes are extremely narrow and as others have pointed out not particularly ideal if you meet some ponies, cows or donkeys or farm machinery etc...!

Unfortunately the Wiggle site also shows photos of some cyclists from previous events enjoying the bucolic surroundings of forest and heathland on what appear to be EMPTY roads and tracks that are totally devoid of traffic. No wonder the event is sold out!
I also note that a similar Wiggle event takes place near Swanage called the Jurassic ride, again small country lanes.
I am also not sure what x factor or BGT has to do with it, I watch neither.

I hope the cyclists enjoyed the forest....the polite ones anyway!
[quote][p][bold]glendower2909[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Buddles[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Time_Traveller[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Buddles[/bold] wrote: Hubby wanted to go to Fritham today for a walk and maybe a nice pint at the Royal Oak. I said don't bother........or tomorrow. Grrrrr![/p][/quote]So because your husband wants a pint, no one else is allowed to use the Forest? I am neither a cyclist or horse rider - but for heavens sake! This event takes up TWO days and we have the rest of the year to enjoy the Forest even if it means staying away THIS particular weekend!! So many NIMBY's living around the Forest need to remember - IT IS NOT *YOUR* PRIVATE LAND - it's there for EVERYONE to enjoy, so if you don't want to see the bikes, stay indoors ...... you might be doing us all a favour that way :o/[/p][/quote]Thankyou. Maybe next weekend. The rest of the week is taken up with radiotherapy for his cancer, it's a 50 mile round trip.[/p][/quote]Sorry. While I wish your husband well this is a ridiculous comment. So you live 25 miles from the forest to plenty of other pubs n that radius in equally beautiful parts of the country. Really why do some people feel the need to bare all. Your comment was worthy of an xfactor or BGT preamble preamble introduction.[/p][/quote]My last comment. I live near Sway. The long round trip is to the Hospital....differen t hospitals have different RT machines to treat different cancers. Maybe some people don't know this and I hope they never have to. I actually don't bear much malice to cyclists who respect the Highway Code. I knew that the Wiggle event was happening and that the start/finish was at Matchams. What I didn't know was their route. On the Wiggle site I found the map and saw that Avon Causeway, Derritt Lane etc.... was part of the route. I hope the cyclists coped with the "pinch points" and obeyed the rights of way OK! It just so happens that the route I wanted to take to Fritham was part of their route and Fritham itself would be deluged with hundreds of folk on 2 wheels. Some of the lanes are extremely narrow and as others have pointed out not particularly ideal if you meet some ponies, cows or donkeys or farm machinery etc...! Unfortunately the Wiggle site also shows photos of some cyclists from previous events enjoying the bucolic surroundings of forest and heathland on what appear to be EMPTY roads and tracks that are totally devoid of traffic. No wonder the event is sold out! I also note that a similar Wiggle event takes place near Swanage called the Jurassic ride, again small country lanes. I am also not sure what x factor or BGT has to do with it, I watch neither. I hope the cyclists enjoyed the forest....the polite ones anyway! Buddles
  • Score: -1

11:56am Sun 13 Apr 14

scrumpyjack says...

newforestbloke wrote:
Letcommonsenseprevai

l
wrote:
Letcommonsenseprevai


l
wrote:
Any sport where the girls wear skin tight Lycra gets my vote.
Flip side being the chubby middle-aged Bradley Wiggins wannabes!
one participant last year was more of a fat BD wannabee complete with builders bottom. A good advert for "cycling keeps you fit"
At least he was out there doing it...
[quote][p][bold]newforestbloke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Letcommonsenseprevai l[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Letcommonsenseprevai l[/bold] wrote: Any sport where the girls wear skin tight Lycra gets my vote.[/p][/quote]Flip side being the chubby middle-aged Bradley Wiggins wannabes![/p][/quote]one participant last year was more of a fat BD wannabee complete with builders bottom. A good advert for "cycling keeps you fit"[/p][/quote]At least he was out there doing it... scrumpyjack
  • Score: 8

4:57pm Sun 13 Apr 14

ragj195 says...

Buddles wrote:
glendower2909 wrote:
Buddles wrote:
Time_Traveller wrote:
Buddles wrote:
Hubby wanted to go to Fritham today for a walk and maybe a nice pint at the Royal Oak. I said don't bother........or tomorrow. Grrrrr!
So because your husband wants a pint, no one else is allowed to use the Forest?

I am neither a cyclist or horse rider - but for heavens sake! This event takes up TWO days and we have the rest of the year to enjoy the Forest even if it means staying away THIS particular weekend!!

So many NIMBY's living around the Forest need to remember - IT IS NOT *YOUR* PRIVATE LAND - it's there for EVERYONE to enjoy, so if you don't want to see the bikes, stay indoors ...... you might be doing us all a favour that way :o/
Thankyou.

Maybe next weekend. The rest of the week is taken up with radiotherapy for his cancer, it's a 50 mile round trip.
Sorry. While I wish your husband well this is a ridiculous comment. So you live 25 miles from the forest to plenty of other pubs n that radius in equally beautiful parts of the country.

Really why do some people feel the need to bare all. Your comment was worthy of an xfactor or BGT preamble preamble introduction.
My last comment.

I live near Sway. The long round trip is to the Hospital....differen

t hospitals have different RT machines to treat different cancers. Maybe some people don't know this and I hope they never have to.

I actually don't bear much malice to cyclists who respect the Highway Code. I knew that the Wiggle event was happening and that the start/finish was at Matchams. What I didn't know was their route. On the Wiggle site I found the map and saw that Avon Causeway, Derritt Lane etc.... was part of the route. I hope the cyclists coped with the "pinch points" and obeyed the rights of way OK! It just so happens that the route I wanted to take to Fritham was part of their route and Fritham itself would be deluged with hundreds of folk on 2 wheels.
Some of the lanes are extremely narrow and as others have pointed out not particularly ideal if you meet some ponies, cows or donkeys or farm machinery etc...!

Unfortunately the Wiggle site also shows photos of some cyclists from previous events enjoying the bucolic surroundings of forest and heathland on what appear to be EMPTY roads and tracks that are totally devoid of traffic. No wonder the event is sold out!
I also note that a similar Wiggle event takes place near Swanage called the Jurassic ride, again small country lanes.
I am also not sure what x factor or BGT has to do with it, I watch neither.

I hope the cyclists enjoyed the forest....the polite ones anyway!
Did it not cross your mind that events like this, along with marathons etc help raise millions for cancer research. The same research that just might help your husband beat his cancer. You of all people should be cheering them all on! Instead of moaning, maybe go and talk to some of the participants about their reasons for doing what they are doing. You might find you have more in common than you think.
[quote][p][bold]Buddles[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]glendower2909[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Buddles[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Time_Traveller[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Buddles[/bold] wrote: Hubby wanted to go to Fritham today for a walk and maybe a nice pint at the Royal Oak. I said don't bother........or tomorrow. Grrrrr![/p][/quote]So because your husband wants a pint, no one else is allowed to use the Forest? I am neither a cyclist or horse rider - but for heavens sake! This event takes up TWO days and we have the rest of the year to enjoy the Forest even if it means staying away THIS particular weekend!! So many NIMBY's living around the Forest need to remember - IT IS NOT *YOUR* PRIVATE LAND - it's there for EVERYONE to enjoy, so if you don't want to see the bikes, stay indoors ...... you might be doing us all a favour that way :o/[/p][/quote]Thankyou. Maybe next weekend. The rest of the week is taken up with radiotherapy for his cancer, it's a 50 mile round trip.[/p][/quote]Sorry. While I wish your husband well this is a ridiculous comment. So you live 25 miles from the forest to plenty of other pubs n that radius in equally beautiful parts of the country. Really why do some people feel the need to bare all. Your comment was worthy of an xfactor or BGT preamble preamble introduction.[/p][/quote]My last comment. I live near Sway. The long round trip is to the Hospital....differen t hospitals have different RT machines to treat different cancers. Maybe some people don't know this and I hope they never have to. I actually don't bear much malice to cyclists who respect the Highway Code. I knew that the Wiggle event was happening and that the start/finish was at Matchams. What I didn't know was their route. On the Wiggle site I found the map and saw that Avon Causeway, Derritt Lane etc.... was part of the route. I hope the cyclists coped with the "pinch points" and obeyed the rights of way OK! It just so happens that the route I wanted to take to Fritham was part of their route and Fritham itself would be deluged with hundreds of folk on 2 wheels. Some of the lanes are extremely narrow and as others have pointed out not particularly ideal if you meet some ponies, cows or donkeys or farm machinery etc...! Unfortunately the Wiggle site also shows photos of some cyclists from previous events enjoying the bucolic surroundings of forest and heathland on what appear to be EMPTY roads and tracks that are totally devoid of traffic. No wonder the event is sold out! I also note that a similar Wiggle event takes place near Swanage called the Jurassic ride, again small country lanes. I am also not sure what x factor or BGT has to do with it, I watch neither. I hope the cyclists enjoyed the forest....the polite ones anyway![/p][/quote]Did it not cross your mind that events like this, along with marathons etc help raise millions for cancer research. The same research that just might help your husband beat his cancer. You of all people should be cheering them all on! Instead of moaning, maybe go and talk to some of the participants about their reasons for doing what they are doing. You might find you have more in common than you think. ragj195
  • Score: 11

5:02pm Sun 13 Apr 14

Specialist says...

Sir Beachy Head wrote:
WATCH OUT FOR THAT DONKEY, BARRY, too late.......BANG

Oh dear, someone please call an Ambulance and a Vet.

But call Halfords first and see if they've got a new 26 inch quick relese wheel in stock.

Ta
I think it's more like 700c rather than 26'' ''bellend''
[quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: WATCH OUT FOR THAT DONKEY, BARRY, too late.......BANG Oh dear, someone please call an Ambulance and a Vet. But call Halfords first and see if they've got a new 26 inch quick relese wheel in stock. Ta[/p][/quote]I think it's more like 700c rather than 26'' ''bellend'' Specialist
  • Score: 5

5:07pm Sun 13 Apr 14

rebel-uk says...

Living In Avon Castle we have no choice but to use Hurn Lane, travelling down there today towards Bournemouth Airport, a road which is only suitable for one car in each direction and only recently the cause of the death of a young man, I was continually held up by cyclists riding 4 abreast and refusing to go into single file to allow cars to pass.

Who on earth gave permission for this organisation to hold this event on this very dangerous road, surely the fact that it had already been banned from parts of the New Forest would have sounded alarm bells.

I would also like to ask why over the past 2 days have I not seen any sign of a Police Officer monitoring these cyclists riding so irresponsibly
Living In Avon Castle we have no choice but to use Hurn Lane, travelling down there today towards Bournemouth Airport, a road which is only suitable for one car in each direction and only recently the cause of the death of a young man, I was continually held up by cyclists riding 4 abreast and refusing to go into single file to allow cars to pass. Who on earth gave permission for this organisation to hold this event on this very dangerous road, surely the fact that it had already been banned from parts of the New Forest would have sounded alarm bells. I would also like to ask why over the past 2 days have I not seen any sign of a Police Officer monitoring these cyclists riding so irresponsibly rebel-uk
  • Score: -8

1:36pm Mon 14 Apr 14

rebel-uk says...

Further to my earlier post, lo and behold whilst this cycle race was going on in Hurn Lane yesterday another serious accident in exactly the same place as where the young man was killed only 2 weeks ago- Racing on this road must be banned
Further to my earlier post, lo and behold whilst this cycle race was going on in Hurn Lane yesterday another serious accident in exactly the same place as where the young man was killed only 2 weeks ago- Racing on this road must be banned rebel-uk
  • Score: 0

11:26pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Reconciler says...

rebel-uk and others: Please would you write a report of what you experienced and send it to your Parish Council? Or to Hurn Parish Council, if you feel yours would not be interested. The Cycling Liaison Group set up by the National Park Authority, trying to negotiate with the organisers and powers-that-be, needs evidence. Other parish councils are trying to help, so please copy it to all the parishes on the route: Hyde, Bramshaw, Godshill, Redlynch, Sopley, Brockenhurst, Burley and others are all willing to do all they can to bring reasonable regulation to these enormous events (NOT to ban them). It is easy to find their parish clerk addresses on the web and they would be grateful for any comments on incidents occurring during the Spring Sportive. NB: They are already very well aware of the irresponsible and dangerous scattering of tin tacks, and completely disapprove. There is no point in just grumbling on this sort of website - go to the people trying to help you and everybody else to share the roads fairly. The Manager of Matchams Leisure Centre would also be interested. Was anybody else in this thread stuck in the 1.5 mile traffic jam north of the venue on the Saturday?
rebel-uk and others: Please would you write a report of what you experienced and send it to your Parish Council? Or to Hurn Parish Council, if you feel yours would not be interested. The Cycling Liaison Group set up by the National Park Authority, trying to negotiate with the organisers and powers-that-be, needs evidence. Other parish councils are trying to help, so please copy it to all the parishes on the route: Hyde, Bramshaw, Godshill, Redlynch, Sopley, Brockenhurst, Burley and others are all willing to do all they can to bring reasonable regulation to these enormous events (NOT to ban them). It is easy to find their parish clerk addresses on the web and they would be grateful for any comments on incidents occurring during the Spring Sportive. NB: They are already very well aware of the irresponsible and dangerous scattering of tin tacks, and completely disapprove. There is no point in just grumbling on this sort of website - go to the people trying to help you and everybody else to share the roads fairly. The Manager of Matchams Leisure Centre would also be interested. Was anybody else in this thread stuck in the 1.5 mile traffic jam north of the venue on the Saturday? Reconciler
  • Score: -1

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