rareposter wrote:Yeah, I've got nothing against support vehicles - my comment was more about how it was deployed and to my mind, having it sitting there a few feet behind the rider for the entire day is the worst thing possible.
I appreciate that in some events (like RAAM) and for record attempts it's a necessity but as support for regular touring, it's an extremely inefficient way of doing things. Wrecks the clutch, uses more fuel, acts as a rolling road block thus annoying every other road user and means the driver is potentially sitting there for 8+ hrs crawling along at cycling speed unable to actually do anything else like take a break, buy food or prepare things in advance for the rider (unless of course there's a second person in the vehicle doing logistics).
Yes, it's perhaps the main thing that puts me off the RAAM concept - i.e. "Supporting" it, feting it, whatever - not actually competing in the thing!
(Pippa Middleton did quite well in a team a few years back … but I'm getting distracted now … )
I have a physio friend who helped "crew" for her friend on RAAM once. Of course she was just doing it as a favour to her mate (and to get some interesting cross-training), but I have to say I was not impressed by the venture at all. Imagine if those dozens of support crew on the race had given their time to a more inclusive event ( a tour, or the 24h TT … many options!); they could have helped so many more people enjoy riding their bikes.
And used a lot less petrol (and clutches).