Mumbai, Feb 13 (PTI) The city leg of the Tour de Mumbaiwas today delayed by over an hour and a half after some of theamateur cyclists turned tourists on the iconic Bandra-WorliSea Link and forced the organisers to start the race all overagain.
The original 104-km race of 12 laps, was delayed byover 90 minutes and curtailed to 79 kms and 11 laps after someamateur participants and photographers covering the event wereseen taking photographs and enjoying themselves on theBandra-Worli Sea Link, through which the cyclists had to pass.Talking to PTI, Race Director David McQuaid said about30 amateur participants and 20 local photographers were on theSea Link when the cyclists began their first lap this morning.
"They were sitting around the end of the road on thestand which was dangerous as the cyclists race at a greatspeed," he said.
"We consulted seniors like Robbie Hunter and RobbieMcCwen. Since this was the first lap, we had the opportunityto neutralise the result and start afresh," he added.
McQuaid, however, said that this was nothing new as raceshave been stopped earlier too for various reasons like fire,medical emergency or unsuitable weather.
"Racing on urban roads, we can not prepare for everyeventuality. Even the cyclists understand that," he added.
Meanwhile, South African Robbie Hunter of TeamRadioshack, who won the Mumbai leg of Tour de Mumbai today,said that the incident did not have any affect on the riders.
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