Monday, July 19, 2010

Recovery Ride

A very light recover ride Sunday. No ride today.

Now for an unrelated post script. I'm not a racer, but I DO enjoy the sense of camaraderie and good natured competition among fellow riders (who rode the farthest this month? who set the fastest pace around a particular route?) but above all I love the no drop rule adopted by my local club. We do not leave our riders behind. It's more than a safety rule. It's also a social pact that makes us all just a little better as neighbors and friends.

Today's post on the Velominati captures the same spirit as displayed by the world's elite cycling racers, very, very well. I recommend anyone who stops by take a minute to read it.

Velominati - We Are Not Animals


  1. That ride looks like it would be beautiful! Along the water the whole time.

    Regarding the article... I must admit I don't watch cycling at all. But I did play a lot of sports growing up, and I guess I just don't quite grasp the concept of the etiquette required in racing. For local clubs, Sunday rides, or even small town races, I agree waiting would be the best solution for all parties involved. But for the world championship of the sport? I can understand waiting for a crash if they were not responsible for it. But a mechanical failure? He slipped his chain by pushing his bike too hard.

    I don't know. I've been reading a lot about this incident and it seems like a majority of the people basically want to take the bikes out of the biking and just see which person has the most power output for the longest amount of time. Hell, you can do that on a stationary bike. I guess I just don't understand the TdF

  2. Certainly in almost any other sport that relies on gear and equipment, a failure of the gear is viewed the same as a failure of the athlete using it. If your boat or car is not ready for the race, you're not ready. No one is going to wait for you.

    Ocean racing on sailboats expects competitors to look out for one another's safety at sea. If a competitor has trouble and is taking on water, anyone nearby is expected to render aid to avoid a sinking or to rescue the crew if the boat cannot be saved. But even there it is strictly limited to safety. If you tear your sail but are not in any danger, good bye and good luck, we'll see you when you finish.

    As far as I know, cycling is unique in this regard. I find it an attractive aspect of the sport but I see your point.

  3. I agree with Stout. Unless a rider is badly injured, why should the other riders stop. There is medical and mechanical assistance close to hand. If the machine is part of what you need to win, then if it's not good enough, you lose. In motor racing, if your car breaks down, you don't get another one. Professional cyclists just get given another bike and off they go.

  4. Looks like I'm getting out voted here. Anyone else going to weigh in?