Did anyone else see the bikers in the London 2012 portion the closing ceremonies on TV yesterday? When the double-decker London bus came out, 3 or so bikers rode past it as if they were commuting. From the brief time that they were on, I think one was a messenger type on a fixie style bike and at least one of the others were on a utilitarian city-type bike while another may have been on a small wheeled or folding bike. They rode right past the bus as if it were stuck in traffic just before the “bus stop” in the presentation.
No comments on London’s actual presentation. I’ll let the natives debate that one, though it would be tough to beat a show of the scale that China put on on Sunday – even with Jimmy Page playing “Whole Lotta Love.” (BTW, featuring that slice of British culture was a great decision in my opinion)
So did anyone else notice the bikes? That the London organizers/government decided to feature bikes on such a big stage is a great sign. London’s mayor – on hand to receive the Olympic flag from Beijing’s mayor – is a big proponent of cycling if I remember correctly. (Carlton?)
Just found this mention of the bikes and a photo of the moment on Copenhagenzine.
Update: Fritz over at Cyclelicio.us mentions that the guy on the folding bike is non other than UK gold medalist, Chris Hoy, while Victoria Pendleton rode dressed like a messenger and rode a fixie and Jamie Staff rode the city bike. Now that’s even cooler than just having bikes