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European Championships 2023: Individual Time Trial (September 20) and Mixed Team Relay (September 21)

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Ya ok dude. Road cycling and ITT pretty much the same :rolleyes:
ITT probably 100x more dangerous.

Egan Bernal?
I don't know too many injuries where a road pro just rides into a static object and near kills themselves
Actually, I'd say road cycling is generally wildly more dangerous? Have you watched it before? Massive injuries happen on the monthly in races and occasionally in training, we had a death of a promising future pro in training on the road bike literally a few weeks ago from colliding into the back of a car and afaik a TT bike being involved was never mentioned.

Seems like you're focusing on isolated incidents and ignoring the constant significant injuries in road racing.
 
I would have thrashed these folks even with an XC bike
Why are you so obsessed with their participation? You are not new to road cycling so might have already noticed that participants from various "exotic" countries (from a cycling perspective) in ITTs in the World and European Championships are not anything new.

And specifically, Kosovo had 2 participants also in the last year Euros and even though they likewise ended in the last 2 places, there were also other similar "exotic" participants from Montenegro, North Macedonia or Armenia. One of the guys even looks like quite a regular participant in the Euro and even some World Championship race as a junior.

Finally, nothing prevents you from asking your federation to nominate you for the race if you think you would have placed better. If Kosovo team believes it is beneficial for their riders' development to take part in the Championship even though they finish dead last, it's their choice. UCI and UEC seem to support such an inclusivity in their events...
 
Actually, I'd say road cycling is generally wildly more dangerous? Have you watched it before? Massive injuries happen on the monthly in races and occasionally in training, we had a death of a promising future pro in training on the road bike literally a few weeks ago from colliding into the back of a car and afaik a TT bike being involved was never mentioned.

Seems like you're focusing on isolated incidents and ignoring the constant significant injuries in road racing.
Just imagine the injuries we'd see if they competed mass start races on TT bikes!

Obviously there are vastly more KMs contested in mass start road races on road bikes. The serious injury per km figure has got to be higher on ITT. In particular, trying to train on those bikes on open roads is a deathwish. And while it would be difficult to eliminate all dangers from a road bike race, I feel like there is a technological solution to making TT bikes safer, like banning TT bars.
 
Just imagine the injuries we'd see if they competed mass start races on TT bikes!

Obviously there are vastly more KMs contested in mass start road races on road bikes. The serious injury per km figure has got to be higher on ITT. In particular, trying to train on those bikes on open roads is a deathwish. And while it would be difficult to eliminate all dangers from a road bike race, I feel like there is a technological solution to making TT bikes safer, like banning TT bars.
I don't think it's necessarily higher but someone would have to check. The norm for a dry TT is zero crashes which certainly can't be said for road racing, here we only had one because Kung did a mistake that I have quite literally never seen before. Riders not looking up for a corner I've seen but not what he did. There's also the point that proportionally far more of the corners in a TT are going to be pushed to the limit by riders than in road racing where they spend a large portion of time in the bunch doing little to nothing.

The entire argument is quite tiring as a fan of TTs tbh. When there are crashes in road cycling, there aren't generally calls for the abolishment of sprints, descents, or just racing in a bunch in general which is very dangerous. But anytime someone does some dumb *** on a TT bike, it's an indictment on the discipline.

Also fwiw, banning TT bars would do almost nothing in an incident like this, as has been shown when riders do a TT with road bikes, they don't look where they are going and would look up way too late to do anything about it. They also tend to hold the bars in a way that makes it very difficult to immediately get on the brakes.
 
I don't think it's necessarily higher but someone would have to check. The norm for a dry TT is zero crashes which certainly can't be said for road racing, here we only had one because Kung did a mistake that I have quite literally never seen before. Riders not looking up for a corner I've seen but not what he did. There's also the point that proportionally far more of the corners in a TT are going to be pushed to the limit by riders than in road racing where they spend a large portion of time in the bunch doing little to nothing.

The entire argument is quite tiring as a fan of TTs tbh. When there are crashes in road cycling, there aren't generally calls for the abolishment of sprints, descents, or just racing in a bunch in general which is very dangerous. But anytime someone does some dumb *** on a TT bike, it's an indictment on the discipline.

Also fwiw, banning TT bars would do almost nothing in an incident like this, as has been shown when riders do a TT with road bikes, they don't look where they are going and would look up way too late to do anything about it. They also tend to hold the bars in a way that makes it very difficult to immediately get on the brakes.
People look for ways to improve safety of road races all the time.

And "it has been shown" that I am right and you are wrong. QED.
 
People look for ways to improve safety of road races all the time.

And "it has been shown" that I am right and you are wrong. QED.
It has been shown by what? Very intelligent way of discussing things. Also, no when people look to improve safety of road races they do not seek to make fundamental changes in the discipline.

When a lead out doesn't look where they're going and took out multiple riders, there were no discussions of the sort we see with TTs. Anyway, if you would like to watch back the TDU road bike prologue, you'll see plenty of riders tucking their head down not looking where they're going and almost ubiquitous use of hand positions with no immediate access to the brakes.
 
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It has been shown by what? Very intelligent way of discussing things. Also, no when people look to improve safety of road races they do not seek to make fundamental changes in the discipline.

When a lead out doesn't look where they're going and took out multiple riders, there were no discussions of the sort we see with TTs. Anyway, if you would like to watch back the TDU road bike prologue, you'll see plenty of riders tucking their head down not looking where they're going and almost ubiquitous use of hand positions with no immediate access to the brakes.

'During a time trial I am basically blind' - Stefan Kung​