Tour of Britain

Brefni

Tour of Britain

Postby Brefni » 14 Jun 2005, 12:12pm

I have looked at the Tour of Britain website and contacted them, together with Sport England to try to discover why there are teams from Scotland and Wales competing but not one from England. I am given to understand that English competitors must compete as Team Britain and are forbidden by the UCI to compete under their own country's name. What dothe members of this forum think and how do you think the English competitors may be feeling.

gar

Re:Tour of Britain

Postby gar » 15 Jun 2005, 2:08pm

It would be a human rights issue
except for the fact that the UK parliaments
operate in the same way; that may not
be relevant.

Just decadent and foolish, and a legal nonsense.

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gar

Re:Tour of Britain

Postby gar » 15 Jun 2005, 2:11pm

You should challenge their right, if it is
important to you.

Call yourself Team England or an English
competitor if you wish.

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gar

Re:Tour of Britain

Postby gar » 20 Jun 2005, 6:13am

Get an England t-shirt printed for
a fiver and use it on the day, for
the race

If they object have the pictures
taken and threaten them with
proceedings for next time.

All for Sport! Eh! Eh? What?

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gar

Re:Tour of Britain

Postby gar » 20 Jun 2005, 12:01pm

Would Wales or Scotland object if they were forbidden to use the name Wales or Scotland
and had to call themselves team Britain?

Could be useful!

They might not!

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Brefni

Re:Tour of Britain

Postby Brefni » 5 Jul 2005, 5:20pm

I have been complaining to the British Cycling Federation, who merely say "its politics", the UCI, who have not replied and Sport England whose response I copy below. I ask you what is Sport England for if not supporting English Teams!

"Sport England does not believe that supporting an English Team would be an appropriate use of public funds."

Do the English competitors chosen to represent Team Britain but not Englnad not care?

gar

Re:Tour of Britain

Postby gar » 6 Jul 2005, 6:11am

Calling themselves Team Britain would be as useful to team England as to team Wales or Scotland.

It is annoying you and that is gamesmanship;
" get them annoyed before we start and we will be half way there!"

It is politics.There are many cyclists in the competition, and they are effected by it.

Don't let them get away with it.

They are NOT team Britain. They are team England.

Is there a solicitor in your team or one of the wives, who could send a threatening letter?
(I am not one)

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