Cycling Weekly magazine April 25 2019 issue, on sale from Thursday priced £3.25
Letter from the editor
I recently had my first experience of British Cycling’s Accredited Marshal scheme. This gives trained marshals the power to stop traffic, just like a lollipop person outside a school. Armed with a big round ‘STOP’ sign, the marshals close junctions for no more than two minutes to let the race go through.
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They are ably backed up by club volunteers, like me, who get a red flag. We can’t stop traffic, but we can explain to drivers what’s happening and ask, ever so politely, if they wouldn’t mind waiting. Thankfully at my club’s race all the drivers we came across were happy to do so.
In addition we had NEG motorbike marshals, with loud whistles, and lead cars. All of which meant the race went through our busy junction, complete with well-frequented local Co-op and lots of parked cars, without incident on each of the six laps.
Having seen it in action, it’s clear to me that the AMS has brought another layer of safety to bike races. Anyone can train for it, and for the marshals, bike racing was just one of the sports they were involved in. For more info go to www.britishcycling.org.uk/accreditedmarshal and sign up. You will be making a huge difference.
In the mag this week
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Tech: New Campag 12-speed Chorus
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Feature: The future of training
Cycling Weekly magazine April 18 2019 issue, on sale from Thursday priced £3.25