Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Cyclists at Valleys Velo Sportive Race Suffered Busted Wheels Due to Black Spikes
Someone sabotage the race by throwing hundreds of black painted drawing pins on the road of a cycling race route that busted 70 participants bikes at the Valleys Velo Sportive race last Sunday September 28, 2014. The assailant dropped the drawing pins on a downhill stretch of road near Nantymoel, Bridgend county right before a hairpin bend.
Athletes were going about 70kmph and acts like these could have resulted to accidents that can injure or even killed someone.
Cyclist Richard Manning 46 was among the participant he said, "I only hope that the culprits are caught and that their punishment is enough to dissuade others from doing this. The placement of these drawing pins on a really fast descent, just before a hairpin bend can only lead to the conclusion that the saboteur was hoping to cause serious injury or even death."
"Painting them black to camouflage them on the road shows a level of planning I find deeply distressing", he added.
Local Police are now investigating the incident and they are looking for the culprits.
Another cyclist Rider Gary Dawes said, ""Black painted drawing pins scattered as sabotage on a fast descent is nothing less than attempted murder."