And just a friendly reminder. Introduction of more protective apparel is one of the possible solutions. More self respect and respect in the peloton is another. All determined through discussions we had so far.
Feel free to discuss further possible solutions viable for the future. Don't be so caught up other people suggestions.
It's not like we have resolve anything just yet. Lets see if any of you have what it takes. To even make a suggestion. Don't be weak. And suggest nothing can be done. Anybody can do that.
P.S. I promise i won't laugh. Unless obviously the suggestion will be silly.
The cost of securing the kind of lengthy point-to-point courses we see in cycling is insanely prohibitive. At best we could get some ski netting at dangerous corners, mandatory pre-race road condition review by the commissaires for descents, and proper enforcement of the rules where negligence is involved. We already saw plenty of neutralisations for unsafe road conditions (tacks on the road, Foix 2012, weather conditions Tignes 2019 and so on), and the péloton can do it themselves on occasion for a variety of reasons (Milano 2009, Spa 2010).
Things like the Jakobsen crash with the bricks shoring up the finish line structure and the cars getting onto the course are not what we should be talking about here. These are things which can already be helped, have been helped, and when something like that happens it's because something went very wrong, and when it happens either the organisation or their hired security/policing has failed and should be held accountable.
If conditions necessitate it, the organisers can neutralise it or the péloton can protest it.
Maybe we need tighter regulation on what roads are suitable for a finish in World Tour races in stages classified as flat, or where we are looking at a group of >50 coming to the line together, to get rid of the likes of that downhill Katowice finish, and some actual proper enforcement of the rules within sprints based on the action and not the outcome but that's all really.
You're welcome.Now you're blending the purposes of protecting Joe Public on a bike ride and racing, and those are sometimes mutually exclusive; the number one thing that would reduce injuries to Joe Public in commuter or recreational bike rides is better education for motorists and cycling infrastructure. That's not applicable in bike races, because then the roads are closed and that same cycling infrastructure can beget a dangerously high level of road furniture, as anybody who's ever watched a bike race in the Netherlands can attest. In a race, it can be something as simple as better regulation of the approval of stage finishes in races where a group of 50+ riders is expected to come to the line together so we don't get nonsense like that Vuelta a Burgos sprint stage with speedbumps in the last kilometre, or just more selective parcours design that reduces the chances of large bunches coming to the line together by incentivising more aggressive racing and smaller groups.