Fake policeman cancels cycle treasure hunt for being 'a race'

Norwich Alleycats' cycling treasure hunt due to take place on February 1 is now cancelled after someone posing as a police officer told them they could not run it

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Getting past red-tape to host a cycle race is every cycling organiser’s biggest difficulty – but is a treasure hunt classified as a race?

It would appear so, as one hoax caller in East Anglia has postponed Norwich Alleycats’ fun treasure hunt after claiming that the light-hearted ride was against the law.

The hoax caller claimed to be from Norfolk Constabulary and warned the organiser Gareth Lewis that the event cannot take place. But the traffic management officer for the police force confirmed: “Norfolk Constabulary has no power to prohibit an event unless it causes obstruction to the free flow of traffic.”

The event, first ran in 2010 which sees up to 30 cyclists searching the city’s landmarks and prominent places for answers to clues, will now not run on February 1 with a new date not yet confirmed.

Mr Lewis said: “The treasure hunt is a social activity where participants plan their own routes on public highways; it has never been a race.”

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Chris Marshall-Bell

Chris first started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2013 on work experience and has since become a regular name in the magazine and on the website. Reporting from races, long interviews with riders from the peloton and riding features drive his love of writing about all things two wheels.

Probably a bit too obsessed with mountains, he was previously found playing and guiding in the Canadian Rockies, and now mostly lives in the Val d’Aran in the Spanish Pyrenees where he’s a ski instructor in the winter and cycling guide in the summer. He almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.