The annual madness of the Weston Beach Race was cancelled almost immediately Saturday after a horrendous crash at the massed start left several riders injured. The three hour endurance test sees 1,000 riders start simultaneously down a one mile long start straight before heading into a complex and testing dune section, but this year a mass pile up on the straight saw the red flag come out within seconds of the start. Seventeen riders required medical attention, taxing the on-site first aid staff as they transported the injured to hospital, and it became clear that, as busy as they were dealing with the incident, there wasn’t sufficient first aid cover available to allow the race to restart. One rider is reported to have suffered serious injuries.
More details when they become clear, but it’s believed that the race will at present be re-run next Sunday, the 18th of October.