FAMOUS coarse and pleasure fishery Bury Hill has been forced to re-arrange its fishing events because of an invasion by Lycra-clad cyclists warming up for the Olympics.
The main road past the end of the fishery’s access lane will be closed for almost seven hours on this Sunday, August 14 at the Surrey complex while dozens of two-wheel speed kings take part in the London-Surrey Cycle Classic.
The race is being seen as a test run for the Olympic Cycle Road Races, which will take place on July 28 and 29 next year. The road closure runs from 6.15am until 1pm.
Bury Hill owner David de Vere said: ‘We have already had both matches booked for this day cancelled, and clearly pleasure anglers wanting to fish will be turned away unless they arrive before 6.15am.
‘We have therefore decided to run a 24-hour carp competition on the Old Lake, which will run from 6pm on Saturday until 6pm on Sunday.
‘It is open to 20 pairs of anglers, and the cost will be £120 per pair with £60 being paid out in prize money, giving the winning pair £600, with second place getting £250, and third £150. There will also be £100 for the biggest mirror and common.’
Councillor James Friend, Leader of Mole Valley District Council said: ‘We want to help businesses and residents to make the most of the fact that the Olympic Cycle Road Race is coming to Mole Valley. Hosting an Olympic event will bring many benefits to our district.’
And Denise Saliagopoulos, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services and the 2012 Games, said: ‘Watching elite cyclists battle for Olympic glory on Surrey’s streets is a once in a generation opportunity.’