The riders on the mainstream tours faced their fair share of unplanned hazards: unfortunate French policemen and a stubborn British car. The competing messengers' hazards are those that they face in their every-day careers: not knowing where the next package is coming from or going to, and having to cycle with four cases of beer perched on the back of the bike.
Undeterred, 400 pedal lers from all over the world have shown up. 'It's absolutely crazy,' the organiser Richard Guard revealed. 'They're making my life hell.'Reuse content