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A trip into the centre of Kingston-Upon-Hull Wednesday proved annoying. We did not realise that there was a national cycle event scheduled for the evening and that road closures and diversions were getting underway. By the time we were ready to head home more roads were closed and we had a bit of a trek to get our bus due to traffic diversions.
It was easy to imagine people who work in the city centre would have felt angrier after a hard day at work.
Still the event is good news for the city, due to be the UK's city of culture in 2017.
Hull was always a city of cyclists, maybe in part because of the lower incomes of residents but also as the city area is fairly flat. In the 50s people, in fact families, would cycle to work, to school and out and about for relaxation. Down the years the car has taken over and led to congestion on our city roads much like the rest of the UK but Hull still has a lot of cyclists.
Early evening there were some spectators lining the route to watch the British cycling national circuit race championship racers whizz around the city centre of Hull but there were no crowds. Organisers hoped that as the evening moved on more would attend. The women's races kicked off quite early but the men's not until after 8pm BST.
Tuesday weird weather resulted in torrential rain, hail, thunder, lightning and surface flooding. As a flood victim, back in the summer of 2007, very heavy rain makes this writer apprehensive. Still as the storm continued I managed to capture some of the weather on camera.
Windy weather may have been a pain for the cyclists Wednesday but thank heavens they did not experience Tuesday's weather. It would surely have led to the event being cancelled.
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