At least one Biggin Hill resident seems to have taken against ‘lycra louts’ and has gone to the trouble of putting up a sign informing local cycling clubs that they are not welcome. The person responsible feels cyclists block roads and pollute the countryside ‘with orange plastic signs’ – a reference to the route markers used in organised cycling events.
The sign was discovered by cyclist and Twitter user @trivers1985 at the top of Westerham Hill near an Indian restaurant called Shampan At The Spinning Wheel.
— rivers (@trivers1985) October 16, 2014
There is an obvious irony in putting up a sign to object to people putting up signs. Twitter user, @Binstedman, suggested to @trivers1985: “you should have taken it down to keep them happy” while @greycells commented: “the temptation to stick a more honest notice about pollution would be too great.”
Reporting on the story, the Sevenoaks Chronicle are running a poll asking: 'Do you think cycling clubs are a menace on our roads?' At the time of writing, 63 per cent of respondents had answered 'yes'.
They and the person who put up the sign will be disappointed to learn that all three routes on next year’s London Cycle Sportive will tackle Biggin Hill. With the sportive having been sold out both this year and last, hordes of ‘lycra louts’ are pretty much guaranteed. Details pertaining to signage along routes are not yet known.