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.
Seeing it hasn't been said, I'll do it.
The big tours like the TdF and the Giro, have a crew that follows along behind to clean up. Apparently they do a really good job. I don't know what the story is with other races, but I'm guessing that the organisers are responsible for some sort of clean up.
As for throwing things at spectators - that racing debris is actually highly prized by fanatics as trophies, and not just bidons either, even the humble gel wrapper can find a home. It has been said by some commentators that, as a result, very little is left by the side of the road thanks to the fans alone ... and we all know that Phil Liggett never exagerates.
Soooooo, although it looks like a big deal, it's not so much of one, providing we're talking about professional racing. I have no idea how the local amateur events handle this but they also would have to have some protocol in place or they wouldn't be allowed to come back.
As for the halfwits who imagine they're pros and just throw their rubbish everywhere, either consider others or find some other sport because you're doing neither the countryside nor cycling any favours.
There is no reason for concern about rubbish disposal at this event. The Crit d D is organised and run by the same people who do the TDF. A team does follow behind and picks up ALL the rubbish.
The bottles probably end up on ebay !
So you think that these cyclists disgard their refuse in the same manner when training or in civies. Me thinks this is all a bit new to you Fred.
Funny you say this Fred. I was watching the Tour de Suisse (whateverthenameis) last night and saw someone throw a bottle over the barrier ... next to a slope that was an almost cliff. By the time it hit the bottom, it would have started to degrade and my first thought was "good luck to the rubbish wagon".
Perhaps this issue pales into insignificance when our "young viewers" see the dangerous manner in which the support vehicles are driven by race directors and the like. What should happen here Fred?