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Old 12-30-12, 08:44
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Default Drunk, stupid, attention seeking fans. What to do?

This is what happened last friday on a big cross race:
http://youtu.be/WxgEF-t44gc?t=35s
(For those who don't follow cx, the Belgian Champion you see is Sven Nys, a living legend, maybe the best ever)

But of course there's tons of examples of road races too.

Leif Hoste in Roubaix 2004
http://youtu.be/eTlCYFZsZ3U?t=1m55s

Guerini tdf 1999
http://youtu.be/4dBvJkqv0DM?t=4m55s

Nelissen 1994
http://youtu.be/SNE5b6W-Wks

I took this 'older' examples to show it's not a new thing.
But what is definitely getting worse, is the crowd on the mountain stages.
Compilation vid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQgWWceYwbY

I it's safe to say this is a problem in cycling. But how to deal with it? In football they can ban supporters from the stadium. The can give huge fines to streakers, etc. Also, they have the possibility to put stewards and police every 2 meters in the stadium. Road cycling is raced on public roads, over more than 200 kilometers.
And I think even if it would be possible to put a police officer every 3 meters on the course (which it isn't), I don't think doing that would be a good evolution for the sport, and the viewing experience.

But what else is there? How can we educate the fans?
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Let's hope with the current problems in cycling that the Dutch 'fans' will stay away from the Alpe d'Huez stage in the Tour... that's one problem solved
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On Arrate in the Vuelta there were police every few metres, who wouldn't let us see anything, until we decided that as we weren't allowed to see anything we'd seek another vantage point, so we went a little closer to the summit and found no police at all. Very odd.

I think a problem is that a lot of new fans who see this think that it's all part of the fun rather than an annoyance, so feel like they should be part of it, especially when certain constant characters crop up often enough that everybody knows who they are, like Didi the Devil and American Antler Football Helmet Guy.
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Biggest problem are the Zonc and Angliru pushers.
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Hang them!!!!
Come on hanging is so last century, shoot them, far more efficient.


Seriously though, it should be so simple, riders on the road and spectators on the side of the road. However spectators can be too stupid and some riders (Langeveld) need to learn to stick to that as well.
If barriers are put up then some of a wide road can be given to spectators but spectators should STAY BEHIND THE BARRIERS.
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We are lucky that this sport invites the audience to be so close to the action. I really don't think the problem is that big considering how many people there are out there on the side of the roads.

That said, it's not something, obviously, that can be completely ignored. Sepctators running in Batman costumes alongside the riders is an issue.

But is the problem really that serious? I don't think so.

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It's a societal problem. Can't be solved.
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This is what happened last friday on a big cross race:
http://youtu.be/WxgEF-t44gc?t=35s
(For those who don't follow cx, the Belgian Champion you see is Sven Nys, a living legend, maybe the best ever)

But of course there's tons of examples of road races too.
CX could easily be controlled if they had meaningful security on site. It won't happen, though.

Road cycling is a different animal... not much you can do.
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