Thomas13ss, on 14 May 2012 - 03:54 PM, said:
I had fun and everything was great except for starting 30min late on sunday. I dont know if the cop crashing into a car was the issue but starting that late is not pro. Nor is the car driving the wrong direction on the course during the cat 4 race.
The delay was caused by all of the cars still parked on the course. If the course is not clear and more importantly safe to race upon the CR (chief referee) will not start any race until it is safe for the riders AND spectators. Having to tow cars off of city race courses is typical. Dutchtown, Benton Park, Soulard are all problematic in this regard. No the delay of the start of racing Sunday was by-the-book professional.
The incident during the first race (cat 5's) was unfortunate. Thankfully the police officer was alright. From my viewpoint and experience, the Dutchtown course it is one of the more difficult courses to keep safe for riders and not upset those who live there. All day I was multitasking between neutral support, course marshaling and assisting locals get through road closures so they could get to work or mother's day festivities. Yes there were many problems Sunday. One gentleman on a motorcycle when stopped from driving on the course immediately threatened to sue anyone and everyone if any action was taken against him. Reasoning with him was impossible, thankfully another neutral mechanic noticed a policeman on turn two and got him to take over with Mr. Non-compliant.
I realize that starting delays are undesirable but sometimes it is not avoidable. Also delays affect every rider in each field. 30 minutes is not all that bad, the average delay when we raced Soulard was consistently one to two hours. CR's do not like start delays either, it complicates their entire day not just a couple of the fields. I understand your complaint and I agree with you that it should not occur but racing on a course that is not safe is much worse than any delay.