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Women's Cycling Tour

Posted: Fri 25 Apr, 2014 5:08 pm
by Joby
http://www.britishcycling.org.uk/road/a ... -s-guide-0

Stage 4 (Saturday 10th May) is Cheshunt to WGC and passes through Hertford Heath and Hertford (with QoMs in Hertford and Digswell). A chance to see some elite cyclists - Marianne Vos and Lizzie Armitstead are both competing.

Re: Women's Cycling Tour

Posted: Sat 26 Apr, 2014 7:28 am
by Joby
More details on the stage 4 route here...the first QOM is up Port Hill.

http://thewomenstour.co.uk/stages/stage4/index.php

Re: Women's Cycling Tour

Posted: Sat 26 Apr, 2014 2:34 pm
by james
Lack of any promotion for this by the council is embarrassing. Here's an opportunity to get lots of people into the town centre for the biggest sporting event that's ever happened in Hertford and it's been completely wasted.

Re: Women's Cycling Tour

Posted: Sat 26 Apr, 2014 9:39 pm
by Joby
james wrote:Lack of any promotion for this by the council is embarrassing. Here's an opportunity to get lots of people into the town centre for the biggest sporting event that's ever happened in Hertford and it's been completely wasted.


Indeed - I only realised it was heading through Hertford when I took a more detailed look at the route in order to work out where to go and watch.

Re: Women's Cycling Tour

Posted: Sun 27 Apr, 2014 1:10 pm
by Marilyn
I knew nothing about it until I saw in this weeks Mercury. Not in to cycling so no reason to have seen it. Thanks for the link at least the roads will not be closed all day but just on a rolling road block. Must remember to check the times!

Re: Women's Cycling Tour

Posted: Mon 28 Apr, 2014 8:33 am
by Joby
Marilyn wrote:I knew nothing about it until I saw in this weeks Mercury. Not in to cycling so no reason to have seen it. Thanks for the link at least the roads will not be closed all day but just on a rolling road block. Must remember to check the times!


It rolls into Hertford shortly before midday - from Hertford Heath down London Road, along the A414, then through Parliament Square to Old Cross up Port Hill and out of town along the B158 to Wadesmill.

Re: Women's Cycling Tour

Posted: Mon 28 Apr, 2014 8:10 pm
by james
So I had a mini rant at the council over the weekend and they've now put a couple of links up on the Hertford Town Council and Go Hertford websites.

It also says that there will be some stuff on in Parliament Square, including some exercise bikes put on by Hartham Leisure Centre because that's exactly like riding a real bike, isn't it? :| There's some harpists and and a display of wares from Highway Cycles. And that's yer lot.

No kids races
No extra food and drink
No displays from local cycling clubs
No extra bike racks for all the cycling fans
No extension to the farmers market which will finish at the usual time of 1pm.
No hill climb up Port Hill for anyone that fancies a go.

But then the council doesn't give a **** about cycling as a mode of transport, so why should I have expected them to give a **** about elite level racing.

At some point though some signs will go up on the A414 advising motorists that the road will be closed for a couple of hours on a Saturday lunchtime. Ironically, it will only be then that people may actually realise that a bike race is happening in town that day.

Re: Women's Cycling Tour

Posted: Mon 28 Apr, 2014 11:58 pm
by Steve
Some harpists ... aka ...

www.schrodingersstrings.co.uk

Re: Women's Cycling Tour

Posted: Tue 29 Apr, 2014 12:01 am
by Steve
james wrote:No kids races
No extra food and drink
No displays from local cycling clubs
No extra bike racks for all the cycling fans
No extension to the farmers market which will finish at the usual time of 1pm.
No hill climb up Port Hill for anyone that fancies a go.

But then the council doesn't give a **** about cycling as a mode of transport, so why should I have expected them to give a **** about elite level racing.

To be honest that's quite a big ask. Something like that would take a fair bit of organising and the town council have their work cut out organising what they do. They may not have even been aware of the event other than at short notice.

Re: Women's Cycling Tour

Posted: Wed 30 Apr, 2014 1:03 pm
by Joby
So...where to stand and watch the tour? Tempted as I am to head into town and enjoy the lavish entertainment laid on, I think I'll park myself at the top of Port Hill and cheer the riders up the first QOM stage. Might wander down into town afterwards.