Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Public Service Announcement - Pull Out

Folks...if you get dropped in a race where there are 3 races happening simultaneously, consider a DNF...




or something beautiful might happen and be captured on digital film such as this masterpiece below:




Yes..this is the field sprint during the Cat 3/4 race at Jefferson Cup. However, the rider in the forefront of the image was in the Masters race.  Not sure if he got dropped or crashed (his shifter is bent), but he sure looks like he's still giving it a go..and even has the where with all to stop his wristwatch across the line. 

Minor issue with this image. This master racer shouldn't be in the image at all. As soon as the moto passed him, GET THE EFF OUT OF THE WAY!! Glad you all pay that USA Cycling insurance fees in your entries. It's for shit like this. Everybody is just lucky that a crash of epic proportions didn't occur. 


Seriously, USA Cycling seems to be getting in the game of making sure people's feelings don't get hurt and letting riders continue on even when they get the Big Dropowski. This isn't Little League where everybody needs to play an inning or two. 


PULL RIDERS!! PLEASE. Furthermore..DON'T SCORE THEM IF THEY DON'T FINISH and nobody will have the incentive to finish a race if they get the ol' drop. 


word. 












14 comments:

Brian said...

Man.. I got pulled in front of my wife and kid back on '09 after getting dropped-hard. She divorced me right there in the parking lot. My kid... while he was only 3 at the time, he started robbing banks and snorting borax - right there at the officials table. Getting puled ruined my life. Never again! I'm stayng in the race until the EMTs pull the pile off of me. And even then I'll sue. I'm a paying USA Cycling customer.

Brian said...

That's also the first bijan hand up I've seen in years.

Anonymous said...

For what it's worth, the officials did instruct the pictured rider to withdraw, and were ignored.

Adam said...

Remember the clown at Showtime at the Apollo? USA Cycling needs something like that for riders that get dropped. Let's make it fun.

Lindsay said...

I saw this picture before and had to laugh at the poor guy photobombing the cat 3/4 finish. And yeah, it's definitely a safety hazard that the officials should have been more aggressive about preventing. But the guy is obviously having a rough moment as it is, given his expression and somewhat banged-up appearance. Even if he should have gotten off the course before then, he still doesn't need all of us laughing at him. I'm all for poking fun at the big boys (and girls, for that matter), but not for kicking a guy when he's down. I hope that when I'm an older masters racer, I still have the balls to finish a race even when I'm off the back and hurting.

Anonymous said...

While he probably wasn't a Cat 5 in masters, since now you have to FINISH 10 mass start races to upgrade 5->4, I hope they don't start pulling dropped Cat5s aggressively unless they are seriously interfering with another race on the course.

-a Cat 5 who still needs 9 races.

Anonymous said...

The point is to win the race. If you are doing this "just to finish" then consider time trials or triathlon, they give medals to everyone!

Anonymous said...

The person in this picture was at the front of the Master's field when he got knocked down by a competitor who ran into him from the rear.

Getting dropped and getting knocked down are two different things. Trying to simply finish an event that you had as a early season goal shouldn't be mocked especially when knowing that this is a person that you might line up against in the future.

Anonymous said...

Don't care who the guy is, he is screwing up the finish of another race and (if I have heard correctly) caused a crash that injured at least one rider because he didn't get the hell out of the way. Not cool.

Anonymous said...

I got dropped once in a race, and when the next field came up behind us, the few of us in the "dropped but still riding to finish the 12 mile lap to get to our cars group" were told to get over to the side, which we did until the field passed then we kept on going.

If this rider ignored instructions from a moto-ref/official to nuetralize or withdraw, then his license should be suspended. And if he actually caused enough of a nuisance to cause a crash and injuries, some lawyer somewhere could probably find justification for a civil lawsuit to recoup damage/medical expenses.

Anonymous said...

He did not cause a crash; I was there watching the finish.

Anonymous said...

cat 5->4 upgrade requires starting 10 mass start events, finishing isn't part of the upgrade equation.

Anonymous said...

Changed for 2012:

"Some notable rule changes/clarification for 2012:
For upgrades to 5, you must finish 10 mass starts, so I need information on how you finished, not just a list of events participated in/started"

Anonymous said...

And here is the excerpt from the rulebook:

1D2. Road Upgrades
(a) Guidelines and Notes by Category:
5-4: Finish 10 massed-start races.