I've been watching the Dauphiné on SBS the past few nights and I have to say I'm really disturbed at the way the cyclists just bung their rubbish off into the shrubbery on the side of the road. It's a really bad look IMHO.
Why can't they stuff their rubbish & empty bottles into their jersey and organize a support car with a trash trailer to come by every now & again so they can offload responsibly?
Some appear to throw their rubbish at the spectators, but I'm not sure if it is for amusement or in the hope it will subsequently find its way into a bin.
No wonder so many young people just hurl their McDonalds trash out the car window whilst driving. They probably get the idea from watching professional cyclists.
I don't intend to demean the thread but I doubt the average young Macca's customer is watching the Tour Down Under.
Nah, if the Macca's had a tele, they'd have it tuned to the footbrawl instead.
I've still got one of Darryl Impe's bottles that he threw to me during a TDU.
I'm not against them throwing souvenirs to fans, but I saw quite a few chucking them into the forest.
I agree Fred I also don't like seeing amateurs doing it also. I have even seen used tyre tubes on the side of the road, this is not on bring your rubbish home or put it in the next bin!
Tubes are by far the worst, because you know they brought a tube with them so it's no issue to take it home again ... unless you're leading the peleton and there's a sheep station hanging off the outcome of course.
I remember the big grin on my son's face during one of the first TDUs as one of the pros came over and handed him a bidon (this was before the start of the race).
Saw last year at Nationals that someone had set a target up for the cyclists to throw their bottles into as a bit of fun. good way to keep all rubbish toghether.
I reckon them tossing bottles & banana peels is OK ,,but anything else is wrong & rude ...
Banana skins could be a cunning tactic ...... 8~)
In most big races there are certain parts of the race which are designated rubbish dumping spots. Unsure whether this race has it but the Tour de France has it. It may be a 5km stretch etc where you can get rid of your wrappers and volunteers pick it up.