Back seat cy­cling

Cycling Weekly - - Letters -

I was sit­ting watch­ing the Tour of Turkey with my wife Ali (a CW sub­scriber and an avid fol­lower of pro cy­cling). She was in­struct­ing me on the pol­i­tics of the pelo­ton. She in­formed me that if a rider needed to pass wind, he was on his hon­our to slip to the back of the pelo­ton to do so — some­thing to do with gen­tle­manly con­duct, or some such.

Is this true? Surely not. Any­way, I don’t know if I should be­lieve her, I reckon she makes it up as she goes along. For in­stance, we were watch­ing the World Cham­pi­onships from Ber­gen, when the ubiq­ui­tous 'red car­pet fi­asco' reared its ridicu­lous head. My ad­vice, shouted at the screen, was to “cut the bloom­ing thing in half, for good­ness sake!” She replied that they couldn’t do that be­cause it be­longed to the mayor and it was his stair car­pet spe­cially loaned for the oc­ca­sion. “But maybe they could have folded it in half,” she con­ceded. Please save me some­one!

Andy Crooks ( still long suf­fer­ing), email

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