Police braced for velodrome stampede
LONDON police are urging people not to travel to the newly-opened Olympic Velodrome amid overcrowding fears.
Queues began forming early last autumn and by this morning an estimated 800,000 people had flocked to watch a sporting version of commuting inside a barn in the middle of a building site in the roughest part of London.
In the rain.
Pushbike enthusiast Wayne Hayes said: “I can’t believe they only put 6,000 seats in the pleasuredome because who wouldn’t want to watch Chris Hoy and… er… the other one that does the cereal advert.
“Still, at just seventeen and a half grand per seat, I’m sure it’ll soon pay for itself with the many thousands of riding-a-bike events that we famously love in this country.”
Crowd control officer Stephen Malley said: “So far we’ve managed to set up an emergency food and medical supply tent for the influx of visitors who just want to be near this magnificent cathedral to wheelies.
“Imagine the refugee camps during the Rwandan civil war but with them all wearing dayglo crash helmets and lycra.”
Emperor of the Olympics, Lord Coe, has apologised for creating such a pandemonium of excitement and has promised the scenes will not be repeated when the Lee Valley White Water Centre opens in Spring with police warning thousands could drown in the hysteric rush to get a glimpse of a canoe.
Coe said: “This proves Britain is a nation that loves a wide spectrum of sporting events, that isn’t just obsessed with the antics of 22 perverts kicking a ball, and that the Olympic stadia will not be windswept echoing monuments to hubris come August 13th 2012.”