Why would you do that

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Why would you do that

Postby roberts8 » 10 Aug 2018, 8:46pm

On the day of the Ride London 100 a friend popped into Guildford. On the return train trip to Leatherhead he was surprised to see a small group of riders with Ride London numbers on getting on the train, they got off at Leatherhead and rejoined the ride missing quite a chunk of the ride including two hills. He is a keen cyclist and is still talking about and trying to understand why they would do that.

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Re: Why would you do that

Postby rjb » 10 Aug 2018, 8:54pm

Perhaps they thought they were riding a stage of the 1904 Tour de France. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1904_Tour ... prov=sfla1. :lol:
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Re: Why would you do that

Postby thirdcrank » 10 Aug 2018, 9:00pm

Training ride?

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Re: Why would you do that

Postby Postboxer » 10 Aug 2018, 9:00pm

Maybe they were defrauding charities if they were actually being sponsored. Pity their numbers weren't noted.

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Re: Why would you do that

Postby iandriver » 10 Aug 2018, 9:59pm

It's not a race and it's their choice to defraud no-one. I'd like to think a couple of hours in the pub appealed to them. It's only a meaningless ride around.
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Re: Why would you do that

Postby PH » 10 Aug 2018, 10:28pm

Incredible!!!!
A group of cyclists managed to get on a train, according to many posts on here that's a far bigger challenge than any bike ride.

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Re: Why would you do that

Postby Si » 11 Aug 2018, 9:45am

A friend did it and said that there was a lot of waiting around due to the heavy rain and the tragic death of one rider. Maybe they were just getting cold, didn't want to wait and decided to skip ahead to where they could start riding again?

Or, possibly, if there is a time cut off and they were worried they wouldn't make it round before the traffic invaded the course again?

Or they were doing it for enjoyment and weren't enjoying how hard it had got so skipped on to a more enjoyable section?

...just random guesses...

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Re: Why would you do that

Postby brynpoeth » 11 Aug 2018, 10:55am

Main thing is they got the sponsorship money, but were they committing fraud? Did the witness note their numbers?
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Re: Why would you do that

Postby roberts8 » 11 Aug 2018, 12:35pm

Si could have a point. I had to miss Leith hill but if they were close to the cutoff after Newlands Corner they could have decided to get back on schedule and it is a fun ride after all so not really a problem. I have used the train to get back on schedule when touring in Holland so no difference really. Cannot wait to put this to my friend.

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Re: Why would you do that

Postby Marcus Aurelius » 11 Aug 2018, 7:57pm

roberts8 wrote:On the day of the Ride London 100 a friend popped into Guildford. On the return train trip to Leatherhead he was surprised to see a small group of riders with Ride London numbers on getting on the train, they got off at Leatherhead and rejoined the ride missing quite a chunk of the ride including two hills. He is a keen cyclist and is still talking about and trying to understand why they would do that.


Cheating slimy little tossbags. They’ve scoped out where the course timing strips are, and worked out how to cheat. It’s up to them I suppose. It’s akin to trying to ‘beat’ a bunch of children on BMX bikes in a housing estate. Really? No one cares, what a bunch of sad sad muppets.

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Re: Why would you do that

Postby brynpoeth » 11 Aug 2018, 8:28pm

Maybe they are copying the pros and activating marginal gains
I do love speculation, different explanations have been offered, the real reason could be something else none of us has dreamed of :wink:
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Re: Why would you do that

Postby mjr » 11 Aug 2018, 8:39pm

roberts8 wrote:On the day of the Ride London 100 a friend popped into Guildford. On the return train trip to Leatherhead he was surprised to see a small group of riders with Ride London numbers on getting on the train, they got off at Leatherhead and rejoined the ride missing quite a chunk of the ride including two hills. He is a keen cyclist and is still talking about and trying to understand why they would do that.

What I don't understand is why he didn't ask them, if it interests him that much.
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Re: Why would you do that

Postby fionat » 12 Aug 2018, 12:27pm

brynpoeth wrote:Main thing is they got the sponsorship money, but were they committing fraud? Did the witness note their numbers?


If you 'sponsor' anyone for any organised charity event, you are making a donation to the charity. They are fundraising for the charity but all the Ts&Cs make it clear that your money is a donation and will not be refunded if they fail to start/complete the event.

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Re: Why would you do that

Postby 1982john » 12 Aug 2018, 2:29pm

Who knows? maybe one of their mates was injured and they wanted to stick together? As others have said it was not a race so who cares.

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Re: Why would you do that

Postby De Sisti » 12 Aug 2018, 2:35pm

Obviously Roberts8 (the OP) cares.