Police escort Brazilian cycling team off Don Valley Parkway

Toronto Police were called Sunday morning at about 10 a.m. ET about a group of people cycling on the Don Valley Parkway - the group turned out to be the Brazilian cycling team out for a practice ride.

Cyclists had been out on practice ride for Pan Am Games

A witness says the cyclists, seen here on Queen Street East just east of River Street, had police in front and behind them as they were escorted off the DVP. (Franco Cignelli)

Toronto Police were called Sunday morning at about 10 a.m. ET about a group of people cycling on the Don Valley Parkway.

When police tracked down the cyclists, officers realized it was the Brazilian cycling team, in uniform, out getting some practice. The team had crossed Eastern Avenue near the Pan Am Games Athletes Village, saw a wide open ramp, and then found themselves heading northbound on the DVP.

The cyclists had been riding on the shoulder, not in the HOV lanes, of the busy highway. Since cyclists are not allowed on the expressway, they were escorted off at Don Mills Road.

Police said the nine cyclists were apologetic and cooperative.

Police said they won't be laying any charges against the athletes. They've also been shown safer routes they can take to get in a practice ride.

The team has responded, saying "the athletes didn't know about this prohibition and won't do it anymore."


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