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Pru Ride London 2016 FinishPru Ride London Cancelled

The last remaining ‘proper’ bike race in the UK has been cancelled and the massive public ride that goes with it has been cancelled too. That’s bad news for many London-based riders like me as I like to do the race, although I was not booked on this year.

I just wanted to give a massive KUDOS to the organisers who are giving full refunds. Ironman, Datev Challenge Roth…you are not cool in this respect and others like you too. If you can’t fulfil a contract then you’ve broken it and you should give full refunds. Athletes facing such situations should demand a refund but settle for a postponement if one is offered that is convenient for you. If refunds are refused to be made and you paid by credit card, you probably have protection from your credit card company (not charge card/debit card). Give ’em a call.

I’ve seen some organiser offer lines like ‘Please don’t ask for a refund it will harm us financially etc etc’. Well, what about athletes who entered and who work in the airline industry or entertainment or hospitality industry? That hundred pounds/dollars race fee refunded to them could make a very big difference.

Moan over. BTW: None of my races have been cancelled…yet, so it’s not sour grapes, just loving to see people do the right thing and disliking those that don’t.

Awesome job Pru Ride London and let’s hope the new sponsors from next year onwards keep up the good work (and get a full race cancellation insurance package)


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