Now we have something / quite-a-lot to discuss and celebrate.
Great! A driver who is actually involved in the race, and should have some idea of what they are doing, what chance do we have on the open road?
Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity
TonyR wrote:Numpty drivers who end up in a field are no longer a problem - that's just natural selection removing them from the roads
Some of them do manage to actually get into the fields,others haven't quite got the knack of getting through the hedges
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Every time I watch cycling racing - especially Tour de France I'm always struck by the skill of the driving, managing to drive alongside cyclists whilst talking to them etc, and that of the motorcyclists too. I guess this is the exception that proves the rule!
nez dans le guidon wrote: I was covering the brake as she approached, as there was something about her.
Its funny, that intuitive thing. I get it, Mr Ortho gets it. I find it almost more when I drive- sometimes you just know someone is going to do something stupid and/or illegal, even if they haven't done anything wrong at all -yet. I'm sure it isn't anything spooky , I suspect we're just subconsciously very sensitive to micro aspects of road positioning and speed variations.
It's certainly kept me safe more times than I can count. (By the same token, many bad drivers have got away with the normal consequences of their bad driving and probably think it was just their wonderful skill and judgement that meant nothing bad happened. )
I hate to say it but I've read on more than one occasion that the drivers of these vehicles are often ex-pro riders because they can 'read' the flow of riders or the peloton better than those who haven't been in such situations. So tarring them as numpties who don't know nuffin' is disingenuous. Whether they also get training as well - don't know.
You get an increasing number of problems in races with inexperienced cycle race drivers. It cant be easy as you have to at times get past the peleton . I drive as a marshal in a road race once a year on a 6 mile circuit and even that can have its nervous moments
I have driven vehicles in many road races and other cycling events. In the 90's I was a BCF commissaire, and as I recall we didn't have any special training. We were all experienced cyclists and therefore I believe we knew what we were doing. I think in professional races most of the team cars are driven by ex-pros, but perhaps some of the press vehicles and the like are not.
Power to the pedals
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