- Jul 21, 2012
I propose that touching a rider should be illegal and anyone who does it should be identified and given a hefty fine. And also spread those army people or whatever it is more evenly instead of having everyone on the top.
No way on earth. I've been to a few races where we've had to walk a 20-25km round trip up to places on climbs along with thousands of fans. It's a special atmosphere, people calling out from cheap radios tuned to pick up the race radio, battery-powered TVs and twitter updates the race situation, and then the riders going by and everyone cheering everybody, regardless of race situation, shouting out the names of riders they recognise going by... there are hundreds of thousands of fans who go out onto the roads and take advantage of the fact that cycling is free to see (unless you want to see the Ronde van Vlaanderen on the Oude Kwaremont). You get talking to the most different of people as you stake out a spot with great views long before the race. You re-watch old ascents of the same climb to see where the decisive moves and best views are... it's really something and the sport would lose a lot of its romance if they banned spectators. Yes, there are idiots. Maybe they should have more race marshals responsible for the fans, maybe the barriers should be extended lower down especially on narrow climbs, but under no circumstances should fans be banned.Roadie59 said:RE: Zoncolan: BAN THE FANS...all fans should be banned from any climb of consequence from now own...they are plainly not there for the riders but for themselves.....I feel very sad for our sport when I see the intense idiocy on the course that actually impacts the ability of the competitors to ride the race unimpeded...
You made me think about the Bill Hicks routine about Judas Priest...Red Rick said:Killing them is kind of, you know not want you want to do with the audience
You know I saw him looking after the contact with Bongiorno and I thought it was a look of shock. But as he didn't change his behavior I think he blamed Bongiorno for the accident. The self-entitlement of idiots like that is so big that nothing will help other than serious sanctions. Fines, jail, shooting, that kind of thing.the sceptic said:the guy that ruined the stage for Bongiorno, I still saw him running and acting like an idiot even after that. How brilliant do you have to be to not even stop acting like a genius after you ruin the day for one of the riders. What a tool that guy is.
Thing with self-regulation is that most of the fans are there to look at the race, support their favorites, whatever. I can't blame them for not wanting to get involved in a fight on the exact moment the race passes. I think having more policemen is the most realistic option.hrotha said:Stop showing them on TV for starters. Too many of them are attention *****s.
Next step, self-regulation. The other spectators should gang up on them to get them to stop that ****.
For this kind of climb (and they're the only ones where this is a serious problem), fencing the whole road off or having policemen every few meters should be doable.