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disqualified for wearing earphones

Posted: 12/02/2014 at 15:42
Wilkie wrote (see)
M..o.use wrote (see)

Regarding rules, isn't this now an EA regulation rather than at the discretion of race organisers?  (I've not participated in an earphone debate for ages and my mind is failing.)


Cake wrote (see)

Pardon? boom boom!!

 Sorry needed to get that in before anyone else.

There is no ban of deaf people at races there is and always has been a ban on headphones under UKA rules as stated previously. It's even on the fine print if you enter a race through this site. If the organser's DK's some folks good, it needs to happen more often.


There is NOT currently (nor has there been) a UKA rule banning head/earphones. I had this response from UKA when I queried it last year:

"More misleading information I’m afraid.  The rule has been proposed on a number of occasions in the past but has always been rejected – mainly on the grounds of the difficulty of enforcement and the different circumstances that can apply across the range of courses that are encountered."

Race Directors can choose to ban them, and I do wish those that do would actually enforce it.   There's no point otherwise.

What a ridiculous response, how would it be difficult to enforce? I suggest a 2 step approach could be used


1) see someone wearing earphones

2) disqualify them


Not really that difficult

Wanted, shoes advice;; press fastening not laces

Posted: 04/02/2014 at 21:36

They're always 'reduced' to 2 quid a pair in sports direct

Wanted, shoes advice;; press fastening not laces

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 08:26

Get elastic laces, they basically turn any pair of running shoes into slipons

Daily competitions

Posted: 07/12/2013 at 19:37

Have you been trying to enter the same competition for over a year? I would've given up by now

Shoe size

Posted: 05/12/2013 at 20:42
Red Stripe wrote (see)

elastic laces also help keep shoe secure but allow room to expand with heat.

This is what I was going to say. And you have the added bonus of never having to tie or untie your laces

Don't use them in cross country season though unless you want to lose a shoe in the middle of a boggy patch


UKA rip-off

Posted: 11/11/2013 at 20:26

When do we get to find out about the rip off?

Numpty IM Bike Thread

Posted: 28/10/2013 at 11:15

today's numpty question, one that's been bugging me for a long time

why do people push their bike by the saddle in transition? it's always seemed much easier to me to push it by the handlebars

An Idiots Guide To IronMan Cycling

Posted: 14/09/2013 at 20:01

Cheers WK, that's lovely and clear. So very little freewheeling then

An Idiots Guide To IronMan Cycling

Posted: 14/09/2013 at 14:12

"It's not engineering, it's physiology. 200w all the time is faster for less physiological demand than 300 uphill and nothing downhill. (Figures plucked from arris but for concept)."

"The idea of pushing more watts to go up a hill is a false notion anyway - those extra watts gain you height, which is regained in speed coming back down (unless you reach terminal velocity, which depending on your bike handling may or may not be terminal!). The only time you waste that energy is when you brake. 

If you want to expend your energy where there is less aerodynamic cost... save it for the run"

Sigh, help, I feel a bit stupid here. I really don't understand this. Are you saying it is good to pedal downhil or not? I read the first of those quotes as saying extra effort uphill/none downhill is bad and the second as saying it's good, I know I'm misreading it but I've got to the point where the more I look the more confused I get

Run to the Beat - Pacers?

Posted: 02/09/2013 at 17:19

Yes there are. No idea on what times but there are definitely pacers

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