Just days after the Pan Am games kicked off, a group of athletes already ran into some trouble with the law.
While the Brazilian cycling team was practicing in Toronto on Sunday, they noticed a particularly “wide open” road they just couldn’t resist. But what they didn’t realize was that their “wide open” road was actually an on-ramp for the the Don Valley Parkway, one of the city’s busiest highways. So what they thought was going to be a great chance to hone their skills on the winding, elevated roadway soon turned into what was likely a freaky experience that saw the group pressed onto the shoulder amid all the traffic.
It wasn’t long before one of the many other motorists called police to report them. Once the officers arrived though, they were suprised to discover the group was actually the Brazilian cycling team, who were clad in full uniform. In true sportsmanly fashion though, police say the cyclists were apologetic and cooperative, and the group was escorted off at Don Mills Road. Officers say they won’t be laying any charges.
The group has since been shown safer routes for practice, and the team later responded to the incident saying “the athletes didn’t know about this prohibition and won’t do it anymore,” according to the CBC.
We guess we’ll let this one slide, guys; but you’re still going down against Team Canada.