So, I didn't want to post on the thread about the incident today since someone is fighting for his life right now. Fingers crossed he makes it. But I've always thought this needs to be phased out. I had posted something about it previously but looking it up it I really missed the chance then to expand how I feel about it. It's crazy dangerous. Race organizers let it happen, because it gives star riders a chance to get back on after an accident or a puncture. But this really hit me looking at Uran just absolutely surf through cars at last year's Giro. He had no regard for his own life. He dropped his five teammates like they weren't there, and those Ettix guys were no shrinking violets. And reading this piece. It's tradition, sure. People do it all the time. But it's insanely dangerous. These guys get way too close. And, I hate to touch another third rail here, but additionally rim brakes on carbon tend to have a little lag to them, particular in the wet. Someone suddenly brakes in front of you and it gets really dicey. So, is this just my thing, or does this need to stop?
My MSR post:
My MSR post:
carton said:Taking a 60kph sticky bottle into the caravan draft, then drafting your way up the caravan and into the back of the peloton has always been a shady but generally unpunished thing in cycling. The UCI frowns upon it but really doesn't do anything about it since they want the big names to be there, Ian Crane is still alive, and people have sympathy for misfortune (as long as you don't win the race, then the going gets rough).