So what will be the Grand legacy?

Rides in the peloton as it makes its way through the Place De La Concorde during the final stage of the Tour de France in Paris last year

Rides in the peloton as it makes its way through the Place De La Concorde during the final stage of the Tour de France in Paris last year

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SO, Le Grande Debacle is almost upon us. But what will be the legacy? (Apart from a few filled-in pot holes).

Perhaps it will encourage more people to cycle – a good thing you might think – or perhaps not.

This poem does not of course apply to any of my cycling friends.

Le Grande Debacle (To the tune of La Marseillaise)

We are the sanctimonious cyclists

We’re on a mission, we have a cause,

To save the planet from pollution,

You should be grateful, you should applaud.

And we jump the red lights ‘cos we can

Then we sneak up on the blind side

And squeeze through tiny gaps at high speed,

We really think the rules do not apply to anyone in Lycra.

Hurrah for knobbly knees!

Hurrah for pot-bellies!

Bike on! Bike on!

Through rain and sleet, We’ll meet in casualty!

Hurrah for itchy piles!

Hurrah! We’ve done five miles!

Bike on! Bike on!

With smelly feet, We’ll meet in casualty!

D Gough, Clifton, York.

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12:46pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Old_Man says...

Pathetic!
Pathetic! Old_Man
  • Score: -13

1:11pm Thu 3 Jul 14

goatman says...

Those who can, do. Those who can't, sneer!

I probably won't meet you in casualty, as you will already probably be in coronary care.
Those who can, do. Those who can't, sneer! I probably won't meet you in casualty, as you will already probably be in coronary care. goatman
  • Score: -17

5:55pm Thu 3 Jul 14

poptree says...

embarrassing
embarrassing poptree
  • Score: 19

5:58pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

What a load of cobblers!
What a load of cobblers! Buzzz Light-year
  • Score: -2

7:41pm Thu 3 Jul 14

last of the mandms says...

Liberte, egalite, fraternite, hilarity. Failed on all four.l
Liberte, egalite, fraternite, hilarity. Failed on all four.l last of the mandms
  • Score: -14

8:33pm Thu 3 Jul 14

steve-white says...

Old_Man wrote:
Pathetic!
Troll
[quote][p][bold]Old_Man[/bold] wrote: Pathetic![/p][/quote]Troll steve-white
  • Score: 20

1:53pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Yorkshine1 says...

the legacy will be that people continue to get cyclists and commuters on bikes mixed up. There will be double as many middle aged men on expensive bikes looking like imbeciles in their lycra body suits. Meanswhile everyday people on their £30 2nd hand bone-shaker will bear the brunt of the abuse for the actions of the vocal minority.
the legacy will be that people continue to get cyclists and commuters on bikes mixed up. There will be double as many middle aged men on expensive bikes looking like imbeciles in their lycra body suits. Meanswhile everyday people on their £30 2nd hand bone-shaker will bear the brunt of the abuse for the actions of the vocal minority. Yorkshine1
  • Score: 7

6:09pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Yorkieand says...

If people like D Gough wish to make total fools of themselves, for all to see and read, let them get on with it. Sane people can get on with having a life.
If people like D Gough wish to make total fools of themselves, for all to see and read, let them get on with it. Sane people can get on with having a life. Yorkieand
  • Score: 1

3:19am Sat 5 Jul 14

Magicman! says...

You'd think the legacy would be that drivers would give normal everyday cyclists a bit more sense... but given the fact I had a bright yellow (of all colours) fiat 500 right up my trumpet along Nunnery Lane who then tried an illegal undertake as I was coming from a seat of traffic lights (which had just gone green) and honked their horn at me because I stopped their illegal undertaking and delayed them by 2.3 seconds, I somehow doubt there'll be any more respect.

Anyway, the letter is a pile of sh
You'd think the legacy would be that drivers would give normal everyday cyclists a bit more sense... but given the fact I had a bright yellow (of all colours) fiat 500 right up my trumpet along Nunnery Lane who then tried an illegal undertake as I was coming from a seat of traffic lights (which had just gone green) and honked their horn at me because I stopped their illegal undertaking and delayed them by 2.3 seconds, I somehow doubt there'll be any more respect. Anyway, the letter is a pile of sh Magicman!
  • Score: 3

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