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  • Reply to: The Dark Side of Bike Racing (not a doping story)   12 hours 40 min ago

    Been through it all and paid for it, too. Broken bones will happen, and nothing will change that. Bike racing is a hard man and women's sport, and we pay the consequences for trying to make a win happen. How do you prevent eventual medical bills? Stay at home and watch racing on The only way to minimize risk of serious injury while on the bike is better equipment and good riding habits.

    Insurance? Good idea. My last great injury was in 1999 racing the U-City Crit in St. Louis. I was hauled off to the hospital for a 12 day paid vacation at St. Mary's Hospital with a broken hip and femur...compliments of being in a break with some of the best riders in North America. What did I pay for ambulance ride, surgery, 12 day hospital stay, physical therapy, and hardware removal surgery a year later? $0 USD. Because I had insurance through USAC (USCF) and my employer. Insurance? Great idea. Otherwise you'll be paying for it outta pocket and missing races because you can't afford to race due to medical bills (assuming your not receiving a monthly stipend / comp from your team).

  • Reply to: The Dark Side of Bike Racing (not a doping story)   15 hours 23 min ago

    Road Rash is your worry? That's a two week booboo. Clean it, tegaderm it and stop whining about it. Serious injuries in bike racing are still pretty rare. I don't consider most broken bones serious injuries except for maybe hips. Clavicles, wrists, whatever...they heal. For all the crashes during the race season there's not even that many serious head injuries. This article is weird. Comparing safety in cycling to car racing? Mandating health insurance...didn't the Democrats just do that for everyone anyway? Advances in equipment safety is a constant as time passes. Yeah they mandated helmets in pro racing and racers have died since. Our sport will "grow up" when sponsors don't see a major liability based on bad press of sponsoring a bunch of doped up douchebags and wannabe racers/ team leaders who can't garner enough attention to sell the stuff printed on the jersey. This article is so full of logical fallacies it's difficult read. Thanks for the pic of the litter those teams left behind for someone else to pick up. That's good for sponsor image.

  • Reply to: The Dark Side of Bike Racing (not a doping story)   16 hours 10 min ago

    The first group of comments in the article mention the apparel companies. I have long considered that the clothing protection could be improved. Especially considering the high prices that some companies charge for their clothes.

    When you see road rash pictures, the areas are usually the hips and the shoulders where the jersey/shorts are ripped open with bloody skin below. Why can't high strength materials, perhaps kevlar or something, be added to these areas to reduce the damage of a fall? Three quarter length sleeves with a protective material for the elbows?

  • Reply to: The Dark Side of Bike Racing (not a doping story)   17 hours 8 sec ago

    At the Maverick Classic in Grand Junction the Chief Judge and Referee shortened the RR. It was cold and raining with a touch of snow at the highest point. Riders were coming in so cold that they couldn't help themselves to their cars and get out of their gear.

    Mandatory Health Insurance is a joke. That doesn't prevent an incident and an ER is not turning you away when you need treatment. That is totally after the fact and you can get any "level" of insurance.

  • Reply to: 2015 - Lafayette Circuit Race   17 hours 23 min ago

    That is good to have some cash reserves and being a bigger promoter but what happens to the small club that need/want to put on races.
    Looks like we live in the world of professional companies doing most/all of the races and lots of weekends having only one race. No race is going to survive Sundays after Mt. Evans, Roubaix and competing weekends .

  • Reply to: 2015 - Lafayette Circuit Race   18 hours 25 min ago

    3D1. A criterium is a closed-loop course entirely closed to
    traffic. The length of the course is between 800 m and 5 km.
    The minimum width throughout the course should be 7 m

  • Reply to: 2015 - Lafayette Circuit Race   20 hours 7 min ago

    Well, ok. I guess when I think of circuit race I think of Denver Federal center, 4 mile loop, done 6 times, instead of a 1.7 mile loop with 15 laps. What's the demarcation lap distance between a crit and circuit race? And I like road races best, like Morgul/Weld County/Deer Trail/USAFA where there is much more variety and only 3-4 laps. That I'd pay extra for. But hey, that's just me I guess.

  • Reply to: 2015 - Lafayette Circuit Race   20 hours 23 min ago

    Boratbuff - This was a 1.7 mile course, technically it's a circuit race. It had hills, tight corners, finish following a climb and it was an easy drive from Denver/Boulder. Not really a whole lot more you can ask for...

  • Reply to: 2015 - Lafayette Circuit Race   21 hours 55 min ago

    Maybe racers aren't too enthralled with crits and would rather do a road/circuit race instead.