Despite tight security for the Olympic cycling test event on Sunday it appears a couple of amateur cyclists got on the 140km course before the professional riders yesterday.
Aemon Atkinson and a friend had jumped onto the London-Surrey Cycle Classic course with their bikes well ahead of the main event that started at 9am and had done 70km to get to Richmond Park before stopping to allow the catching peloton to go by.
Cheered by the crowds
Dressed in full cycle racing gear, the duo told the Reuters news agency, that they thought they would be arrested while the race was in progress but no one “batted an eye lid”.
“A few team cars went by and thought ‘What the bloody hell’s going on here?’ but everyone was cheering us which made us go on a bit more.”
The duo even managed to keep ahead of a few stragglers dropped by the leading bunch before they were caught up by those riders on Putney Bridge.
Let us hope security is beefed up for the main event at the Olympics next year!!!
Britain’s Mark Cavendish won the London-Surrey Cycle Classic in a sprint finish.