Tour of Britain
Tour of Britain has dropped off the radar a bit of late but it's time we looked at it again with it only being a month away.
Tour of Britain is being run mainly in England and is sponsored and supported mainly by English organisations and local council's.
The main sponsor of Tour of Britain is Sport England, a lottery funded charity set up to promote and further English sport.
Ok, so what's the problem?
Tour of Britain has a few commercial teams and then has 4 national teams - Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Britain. "Where's England?" I hear you cry. The short answer is, all the English riders are competing in Team Britain because there is NO TEAM ENGLAND!
To be fair to the Tour of Britain organisers, they are constrained by the rulings of International Cycling Union based in Switzerland (UCI) which decided not to allow an English team when they allowed the Scots and Welsh to have one and the Northern Irish to compete with Team Ireland.
However, Tour of Britain have not complained about this discrimination and have done nothing to encourage the UCI to allow an English team.
The other major problem with this event is Sport England's involvement. They are there to promote English sport, not British sport. There is no English team in Tour of Britain and any funds allocated to supporting Tour of Britain by Sport England is a serious misappropriation of charitable donations.
With the Tour of Britain now looming on the horizon and the event starting to filter into the national media, now is a perfect time to start writing to newspapers and bringing this to the attention of the public.