British cyclists were the most successful of our national teams in previous Olympics. The shoddy way users of the Lea Valley Cycle Circuit were treated during displacement did not reflect the rising importance of cycling as a means of transport, a healthy pastime and an increasingly pre-eminent sport. Cyclists have a history of having to come together to fight for the provision and maintenance of adequate facilities. When they discovered that the Development Authority were planning to displace them during the demolition and construction phases of the Olympic Park to a distant, difficult to get to, ill-shaped and contaminated site next to the M25 at a place called Rammey Marsh in Enfield they came together to fight for a proper replacement at their preferred location, seven miles away, at Hog Hill in Redbridge. They eventually got their way but their struggle cost them nearly two years of no appropriate facilities before Hog Hill was opened in August 2008.
Without consulting the Eastway Users Group the Olympic Park Legacy Company in Summer 2011 ditched a design for a post-Olympic 1 mile road race circuit previously agreed with the EUG. Once again the members objected vigorously against being railroaded into a result which ill-fitted their requirements. They prevailed and a result close to the original plan was agreed. The OPLC issued a statement in August 2011:
“The plan proposes that the consented one mile circuit route is amended to create a new area of open space and accessible riverside, along with a large park for families and local residents to enjoy. The new plan will also ensure that cyclists are able to enjoy a mile long circuit that crosses the river into the parklands.”