So the start of a new road season is upon us, well for me anyway, with the usual Southdown Bikes Hilly TT starting at Storrington in West Sussex. This year was a lot less cold than the last few years, and I even had to cope with some sunshine, which was different :). However I get the feeling the sunshine brought something out in some of the drivers on the road whist the TT was underway. It seemed to reduce their patience to extraordinarily low levels, and also seemed to remove any common sense.
Ive thought long and hard about writing this blog, as what I experienced pales into insignificance compared to what some riders experience, however I felt it is worth mentioning,as its something I have never experienced before, and I am not aware of any other photographer experiencing it either.
Whilst photographing the event, four different drivers deliberately turned their steering wheel towards me whilst I was stood on the grass verge. The first time I thought it was me but after a Mini and an Audi also did it I came to the conclusion that these drivers were annoyed at being held up by a cyclist and the only way they could vent their annoyance was to try to scare me, someone they saw as being associated with the event.
If it was bad for me I can only guess how bad it was for some of the riders. Yes, ok so its was a long climb, and some riders were finding it tough to get up it, and a small number of cars were being held up on occasion, but does that mean they have the right do endanger anyone’s life to make your point? Emphatically, no it does not. We all have to share the road, and we all have to survive. These drivers might think they are the best in the world and that in driving at someone to make a point and missing them at the last minute, nothing would ever go wrong, but why take the chance?
And if by any chance you are one of the drivers who did aim their car at me (especially the ****in the Audi), next time get out of your safe metal box and we can discuss it. No, thought not!
I really hope this was a one off, I don’t want to experience that again.