The Cyclists of Stamford members in crash after bike hits pothole in Oakham
Three cyclists were thrown from their bikes during an organised group ride yesterday (Sunday, August 22).
The accident happened near Rutland Showground in Oakham after a member of The Cyclists of Stamford (TCOS) hit a pothole and lost control of his bike, bringing down two other cyclists.
Emergency services were called and arrived quickly. All three cyclists sustained minor cuts and bruises.
Paul McCormick, TCOS chairman, said the incident highlighted the poor state of repair of many roads - something that inconvenience drivers and was a potential danger to cyclists.
He said: “Many of our roads are in a bad state of repair.
“As a responsible cycling club, we do our best to avoid the worst of those roads when planning our routes. But it’s impossible to anticipate every road surface hazard and, despite our best efforts, incidents such as the one on Sunday can happen.”
He added that to mitigate risks they have ‘ride protocols’ that include road safety, ride supervision and the carrying of first aid kits.
“As a cycling club, TCOS takes all reasonable and practicable steps to ensure the safety of its members,” added Paul.
“I wouldn’t want anyone who is thinking of getting on their bike to be discouraged from doing so, or from joining us for lots of fun, fitness and camaraderie.
“We all need safer and better-maintained roads, and potholes are an increasing problem. We hope our local authorities give this issue the urgent attention it deserves.”
Rutland County Council, which maintains roads in Oakham, has been contacted for a comment on the incident.