There ar emillions of people with no times for cyclists on all types of road.
It's a genuine issue and worthy of consideration and attention. I don't especially blame time triallists per se. Theyre cyclists like any other, by and large as untrained as any other rider. Indeed, some may argue that TT'ers are liable to be travelling far faster than utility cyclists, and thus have to endure a lower speed diferrential with the prevailing traffic than you or I would.
The rider could have opted not to compete, but then could equally have been wiped out on a quiet country road while on a leaisure ride - lord knows I've scraped enough folk off tarmac over the years from residential streets and unclassified country roads.
To gently tut-tut the rider for being on this road is to admonish a robbery victim for being out late at night, or a victim of sexual assault for wearing a provocative short skirt. It's a lawful passtime, and a lot of people lost their lives in 2 World wars to enable us to enjoy our freedoms to the full extent of the law.
I would propose a more sensible approach - education and training for both riders and drivers, and stricter punishment to both deter wrongdoing and remove the persistently dangerous from our highways, be they on 2 wheels or 4.
Alas, you've got more chance of me being voted the head of the Church of Left Wing Lentil Eating Benefit Scrounging Socialists (and there ain't no chance of that!) than this taking place. Until then as a old copper, cyclist and professional cycle trainer I would urge all road users to act with thought and consideration for their own safety and those with whom they share the highway.
Not sure whether you're including me in the "tut-tut" but that's not my take.
I'm not blaming the cyclist, nor time-trialists in general. Or in fairness - given I don't know the facts, not the driver at present.
What I do believe, though, is that cyclists already face quite a hostile environment on the road, never mind cyclists racing the clock. That time-trials for cycles mingling with normal traffic are largely an artifact of tradition, rather than would likely be sanctioned on pure merit, these days. Plus, I suspect most of the general public just wouldn't buy into it, in terms of it being valid, whilst traffic is around.
That's not to be a voice of detraction against it, per se - merely that just because such a thing largely was tenable, back in time, doesn't mean it always will be. Cyclists struggle to mingle with traffic in better scenarios, when racing the clock, it's got to be an improbable juxtaposition of opposing factors, these days.
All that, isn't trying to ascribe blame to cyclists competing in this way, merely to set some context. Whether it's this incident, or others, the cyclist may be a victim, as may drivers, that's really all I'm saying.
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