The World Cycling Chanpionships are coming to North Yorkshire at the end of this month - coming in fact past the end of my road - it will be closed for one hour as they pass on 26th September and the centre of our little town will be closed for one hour on the 29th as they pass going the other way or something. So far there is not much information other than (very large) yellow signs at intervals - many intervals - along the roadsides telling us this vital piece of information. No, I shall not be going to the end of the road to see them pass - they will be gone in a flash. Then, if my guess is correct, all the large, yellow, metal signs will be there for a while before they are collected up. If they are efficiently collected straight after the two races pass through I will report it here. And, as a matter of interest, the lettering on the signs appears to be permanent so presumably it can't be peeled off and the signs used for anything else, which prompts the question who is paying for them all?
I read that it is expected that the event will generate huge income for the area over the few days they are here. I do remember a similar even when local eating houses expected large crowds but everyone was far too eager to follow the cyclists to hang about eating - so that is also open to question.
Alright, tell me I am a miserable old git - it may well be true but I do know that often, when we have events like this in the town, our shop keepers and cafe owners suffer as everyone stays out of town. And really I suspect it is hard enough for them to make a living without things like this.
I hope I am completely wrong and that all our pubs, cafes and businesses benefit greatly from the week-end - in which case I will eat my words.