We've got the Wiggle New Forest sportive happening up the road this weekend. Its a great event which takes cyclists through quiet lanes around the forest. However the anti-cycling lobby have a load voice (and persons in prominent positions) locally, and every year it gets a right lambasting in the press.
This years its being described as causing a 'no-go zone for other forest users',
Dr Tony Hockley, of the New Forest Equestrian Association (NFEA), said there was "immense risk" to horses and riders, especially when cyclists came up fast and silently from behind
And now New Forest East MP Julian Lewis, has written to transport minister Norman Baker calling for such events to be subject to the same licensing regulations as road races and time trial events currently are. So this could affect all similar events to be crippled by policing limitations and costs, insurance costs etc - making them less viable to run.
Talk about blatant Nimbyism. He won't be getting my vote (like he ever did). In fact I feel a letter coming on.
Does this happen elsewhere too? Or is it just a New Forest reaction?