There was some controversy locally about much of Wimbledon being closed for the day last Sunday for the post 2012 Olympics commemorative cycle races, as the bikes raced through Worple Road, up to Wimbledon Village, through to Putney and enroute back to the former London Olympic Park at Stratford.
The controversy was probably generated by those who prefer to use their cars on Sundays rather than walk, cycle or even take public transport. Wimbledon is particularly well served by the latter with two rail links, London's one tram way and two Underground lines, all of which remained fully open.
In any event shutting the roads for one day a year hardly seems unreasonable.
As for the cyclist themselves the following probably speak for themselves:
Thankfully ordinary life goes on despite some men's inhumanity to man affecting so many parts of the world.
Having been persuaded to cycle the 70 miles to Shoreham-by.Sea when I happened to meet an old friend while watching the cyclists stream through Wimbledon Village three years ago Cycling to Shoreham sadly I doubt that I could complete the 100 mile route at this time at least on my 40 year old bike.
Still perhaps with a newer lighter machine...