Thursday, February 18, 2010

Tour de couch is watching: P-R 2009 Carrefour de l'Arbe

Once the last bottle was put into the recycling bin after Paris-Roubaix 2009 (and before Tommeke went out on the town), Mayor of Baisieux, Francis Delrue passed a by-law which prevents riders from using a 500m section of the 2.1km Carrefour de l’Arbe pavĂ©. Sick of picking up after the swill fest-ees (including their damage to nearby crops), especially after last year and also, thinking of rider safety, Delrue is seeking a few things from organisers before he lifts the restrictions in time for the race. These include: alcohol bans, camping restrictions and more police. No Carrefour de l’Arbe – and no beer – no Paris-Roubaix? After you watch these vids by spectators from 2009, it is hardly bureaucracy gone mad. No doubt they'll come to some sort of agreement before 11 April.  

(my summary of sources and translated version of

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