By Stuart Clarke published
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.
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”.
Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.
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