The third edition of the Rapha Super Cross series was hit by organisational difficulties and was ultimately cancelled on Saturday after poor weather made the course treacherous.
The organisers have come in for heavy criticism off the back of a troubled event, with some using social media to point out how the day started badly.
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Due to start at 10:30 in Granary Square, near Kings Cross in Central London, the racing didn’t actually get underway until about 13:00 by which time disgruntled spectators had left to seek shelter from the heavy rain.
Once racing had started the rain soaked tiled floor soon became treacherous for riders, especially on corners.
The event continued until approximately 16:00, when the rain and wind finally forced a halt to proceedings, a very rare outcome for a cyclocross race.
Spectators and riders used the event Facebook page to voice their opinions, with few taking a positive tone.
Andy Carpenter, whose sons had raced before the cancellation, said: “Both my boys crashed out from first place of u8s and u10s – both on the same corner. It was treacherous from the off – many on the start line were predicting carnage. Good decision, but possibly a bit late.“
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Buauna Ball commented, “Honest opinion: the most poorly planned out and dangerous event I have entered. You should have made a judgement call before the races to cancel as the surfaces were way to (sic) slippery in the wet.”
Jason Bye was stronger still in his criticism, “Shambolic. Rapha should be ashamed to have have put this on. Absolute amateur hour.”
Edward McAdam-Hann, however, did try and defend those involved in the event’s organisation, “Publicly posting criticism isn’t useful or in the spirit of things. People put a hell of a lot of effort to put the event on and the staff and students must be gutted. “
Cycling Weekly has contacted Rapha for comment on the cancellation of the event