Intro and Sportsmanship Question
Posted Yesterday, 03:04 PM
This past Saturday in the Cat 5 road race in O'Fallon, the lead car missed a turn and several (maybe 15 or so riders) followed off the course. Shortly after that I overheard someone saying something along the lines of "this helps us" and it seemed to me the pace picked up. It appeared to me everyone who missed the turn got back in the race.
My question, I suppose, has two parts. Should the race have been neutralized to allow everyone to get back in, or is it just bad luck to the affected riders and watch the turns more closely next time instead of just following the car? And secondly, Is it acceptable for the group of riders to take advantage of that mistake, or should they maintain pace and give the others (and the lead car) a chance to get back on course?
Thanks for chiming in!
Posted Yesterday, 04:50 PM
course rests with the rider. A rider may not leave the
prescribed course unless ordered to do so by public
authorities or a race official.
Posted Yesterday, 05:03 PM
Posted Today, 02:08 PM
Posted Today, 02:29 PM
Agreed, Zach. And I'm FAR more likely to be in the chase group (benefitting from the mishap) -- while you're more likely to be in the lead group (suffering from it)!
Posted Today, 03:09 PM
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