Olympic cycling test event

Sunday 14th august

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15/08/2011 at 15:40
Event report from Cycle Weekly

Nicko. Hdau    pirate
15/08/2011 at 20:28
As a volunteer I thought the went very OTT on length of road closure times. And the sweeper vans went by with competitors still on course. The german champ went by with two of his team way after the vans.
Nicko. Hdau    pirate
15/08/2011 at 20:45
15/08/2011 at 21:03

Surprised they didnot have more incidents, but notice how they are keeping it quiet. One of the support cars was very close to a rider along the A24 and had a near miss. Also a few further back cyclists were riding inches off the back bumper of their support vehicle, which was entertaining/scary on the approach to R turns at the roundabout on A24.

I hope they tell the drivers to keep back a bit more on the day itself or it is likely to be Tour de France style carnage and unfortunately it will be either cyclists or spectators hurt.

I was surprised to see so many vehicles in amongst the riders, is this normal in road races? To me it seems unfair to be allowed to draft off a vehicle, fair enough other riders, but vehicles no.

Nicko. Hdau    pirate
15/08/2011 at 21:21
vehicle drafting is illegal, but some use it say if they puncture to get back to the peloton quicker.
15/08/2011 at 21:28
Thanks for the answer Nicko.
15/08/2011 at 21:33

I think that's pretty normal for a bike race - you get riders drafting cars - it's allowed to an extent to get back to the bunch after a mechanical or whatever - they will ride very close and if you aren't used to it it probably looks more dangerous than it is.      

That incident on the video looks a bit dodgy given the car is virtually on the grass verge but if people will insist on watching an event through the lens of a camera !

15/08/2011 at 21:48
Thanks for the answer on the previous page, popsider.  That makes sense although, as Nicko said, they did seem to keep the roads closed for a long time after the race had gone through.
15/08/2011 at 22:38

The whole point of keeping the roads closed for longer was for me! Well not quite but it worked well. I jumped on my bike and followed the race about 5 mins behind. Marshalls whistled and cleared the road for me, and the crowd applauded and loved me. Clearly my Katusha cap was making me look pro.

Therefore im all for keeping the roads closed longer so I can pretend to be a pro longer. I need 3 domestiques to deliver me so I can take on Cav. I need big Jens, Big George and maybe Renshaw. That should do it.

16/08/2011 at 09:17
Anyone see/read about the rider who joined the race and group 2 at Richmond??

Dustboy    pirate
21/08/2011 at 11:23
Top pirating Coach Bassos!

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