Posted 14 May 2013 - 11:14 AM
billh, on 14 May 2013 - 10:17 AM, said:
pylondesigner, on 14 May 2013 - 07:24 AM, said:
I also learned that the more dangerous crash occurred at the finish line when several riders got together. I thought that there was a rule that required riders to maintain their line at the finishing sprint. I'm sure Mark can quote us chapter and verse. This is something that the less experienced riders need to learn quickly and correctly. There have been a lot of finishing line crashes in the STL crits the last several years. Jumping lines within the last 300 meters can result in some very serious and even deadly accidents. Everyone is gassed at the final sprint and moving at +/- 40 mph and bad things can happen very fast. That is what the officials should be concerned about and not someone that is a 1/3 of lap back.
what I heard third hand from a friend of a friend actually involved in the crash . . . who went sliding across the finish line . . . face first . . . was that someone came out of their pedals in the sprint, and went into his front wheel . . .
From what I heard, I don't think anyone left their line. One guy went down solo and the rest was from people trying to avoid him and either loosing control, clipping the fence or other riders.
"And you should know that by being a racing driver, you are under risks all the time. By being a racing driver means you are racing with other people. And if you no longer go for a gap that exists, you're no longer a racing driver, because we are competing. We are competing to win, and the main motivation to all of us is to compete for victory; it's not to come 3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th." - Ayrton Senna