In Pro cycling jargon, this year was one where the Eco Cyclo campaign made the jump from the Coupe de France to the UCI Pro Tour by way of participating in the events of the UCI World Cycling Tour series ( http://www.uciworldcyclingtour.com/ ).
Expanding the message of Eco Cyclo, the Green Patrol participated in events all over Europe and even in Australia http://www.eco-cyclo.org/news/2013/10/8/eco-cyclo-sans-frontires .
My own program for Eco Cyclo consisted of events in France, Switzerland, and Italy, 6 events in all. At most of the events (read: when the legs would allow), I was able to ride near the front of affairs. While Cyclosportives are about participation first and foremost, there is often quite a competitive desire running just below the surface. Regardless of the level, the respect for the environment in these reminder or hint to make the experience more pleasurable for all. And the message does not have to end at the finish line of the Cyclosportive.
If you are out riding and see a rider throwing refuse in one of the places where you enjoy riding, mention it to them and in the future we can make a better experience for all!events, and any day out riding in nature for that matter, needs to be preserved.Amateurs often see professional riders in the big races throwing their refuse to the side, and this obviously sends a poor message to cyclists as a whole. Surely we can do something about cleaning cycling in all kinds of events and at all levels. In the end, it will be all of us who will benefit.
By and large, the Cyclosportive public is receptive to the message of Eco friendly cycling. Often times, riders do not realize they are even doing something wrong by littering and this is where the Green Patrol has come in handy to offer a helpful