Stephen Johnson, of Penge, was on his way to Catford Cycling Club’s ‘Hell of the Ashdown’ sportive on Sunday morning when he discovered the pins in Beckenham.
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According to the News Shopper, Mr Johnson reported the incident on Beckenham Road to the police, and told the newspaper: “I picked [the drawing pins] up – I don’t usually have problems.
“I was just sad whoever did it didn’t think it might be dangerous. I’m glad I didn’t see any other riders affected.”
In October, we reported on the apparent sabotage of the Valleys Velo Sportive in Wales, when drawing pins were scattered across the road on a fast descent, causing dozens of riders to puncture. Although no-one was hurt in the incident, riders warned that serious injuries could have occurred.
While we also reported on a mystery Biggin Hill, south London, resident who pinned a warning to sportive organisers on a lamppost saying “Lycra louts are not welcome here”.