Belgian potholes

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Belgian potholes

Postby Grandad » 19 Aug 2020, 11:13am

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Makes UK lanes look like billiard tables.

This picture was taken by a rider in the Tour de Wallonie.. No wonder they had so many crashes.

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Re: Belgian potholes

Postby reohn2 » 19 Aug 2020, 11:21am

Been watching it on TV,gravel roads(Strada Bianca) and cobbles(Belgium and France) are one thing and a known entity at the strat of a race,but those potholes were bl@@dy ridiculous on a road race even for Belgium.
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Re: Belgian potholes

Postby eileithyia » 19 Aug 2020, 11:44am

I hadn't seen this but that is horrendous.
In genral the amount of crashes is a bit puzzling.... The early season classics are run on some of the same roads as the Wallonie and no one seems to have these crashes along with those on descents on other races that have gone ahead recently.

Thinking back to previous years Le Tour often has crashes in the first week due to rider nervousness. This year many pros are not road experienced as much of their training has been on turbos or in smaller groups... their experience on the road and in large groups is lacking and they are chasing into situations possibly in their eagerness to ensure they are picking up results in a very reduced season.
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Re: Belgian potholes

Postby De Sisti » 19 Aug 2020, 2:31pm

Grandad wrote:[Image
Makes UK lanes look like billiard tables.

This picture was taken by a rider in the Tour de Wallonie.. No wonder they had so many crashes.

Was the rider off the front of the bunch (usually there are motorbike out-riders), or way off the back,
(making his own way back to the team hotel)?:)

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Re: Belgian potholes

Postby Cyril Haearn » 19 Aug 2020, 2:34pm

Perfectly possible to negotiate slowly on a suitable machine with fat tyres
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Re: Belgian potholes

Postby mjr » 19 Aug 2020, 7:00pm

eileithyia wrote:I hadn't seen this but that is horrendous.
In genral the amount of crashes is a bit puzzling.... The early season classics are run on some of the same roads as the Wallonie and no one seems to have these crashes along with those on descents on other races that have gone ahead recently.

The classics are usually on similar routes every year, which means segments are more familiar to the riders, as well as to the race organiser who know what usually needs repairing or preparing, and I suspect local government is a bit more cautious about installing signs, bollards, islands and so on along that route. Even the classics that vary their routes don't usually vary ever so much.

By contrast, the Tour de Wallonie (and the Benelux Tour and other stage races around there) use very different routes every year, which are less familiar to the riders and less familiar to the organisers. They only have to miss one hazard and people are taking pictures for online media, at best.
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