Michael Barry Diary: Organizers — and riders — need to take responsibility for race safety

Posted: June 14, 2011 in 2011, General

Michael Barry Diary: Organizers — and riders — need to take responsibility for race safety.

This is a cogent and somewhat frightening insight into the life of a professional road cyclist. It gives the lie to the oft claimed ‘road cycling is for wimps’ that I often hear from mountain bikers who take to the trails armoured up with several inches of suspension, fat tyres etc. The speeds these guys achieve are exhilarating but that only increases the potential danger. You have to respect the riders but at the same time question whether there shouldn’t be an effective form of representation for them rather than an ad hoc system which relies upon the emergence of a dominant personality within the peloton.

‘Health and Safety’ in the UK would have a field day with some of the courses ridden on the pro circuit!

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