Its a joke pros forced to wear helmet. 25mph average is justified reason......What next helmets for mononolpy??
i think this is such a troll of a thread, but for the sake of those really debating this one, if you show Pros without helmets at any stage of a race, what do you think you are encouraging impressionable people to do?
That's right, you're encouraging them to ride without a helmet, period. There are people out there who won't differentiate between a mountain top for a pro and themselves on the way to the store, where they can accidentally come off and yes, die.
Many fatalities have been recorded from people falling and hitting their head on the ground...and i'm not talking about riding bikes even. One of Australia's best cricketers got punched, knocked out, but it was the impact of his head on the ground that killed him. The dude was standing still before the punch, so if you crash at whatever speed, anything is possible.
Lastly, like everyone has said, there are perfectly effective, reasonably- good-looking and economical helmets out there - and if you think having a helmet on your head is a chore, you need to H.T.F.U.