Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Disclaimer: the cyclist in the crash lived, and despite horrific injuries was "alert and stable Saturday evening" according to ABC News. So that means jokes are cool. In the case of fatalities the rule is 20 years then you're good. JFK jokes for instance, totally fair game.
While everyone was sharing this video and debating the finer points of support vehicle logistics, what no one mentioned was how awesome roadies aren't at descending.
Forget the guy who goes to the hospital, he's just a symptom of a much larger condition, and by no means the only rider out of control. Almost every rider comes in hot, straight, and late. At first I gave them the benefit of the doubt. This turn probably comes out of nowhere, maybe after a blind bend in the road, right?
Look at the video again: right off the bat you see four roadies in a row riding inside the double yellow and coming in hot like Fort Lauderdale in July, aka no hope or prayer of making the turn. They all predictably blow through the turn, brake through, and exit with zero speed. After four unique interpretations of "oh shit," the next guy into the corner is some random support vehicle driver, and in terms of descending IQ he looks like Sam Hill compared to the roadies he's supposed to deliver wheels and water bottles to.
Tour of Utah BREAKDOWN with TEAM ROBOT:
Roadie guy: moments away from blowing the double yellow and his multiple car-length lead.
Driver guy: dialed.
Roadie guy: about to blow across another road stripe, not even halfway through the corner.
Driver guy: looking to apex 20 feet inside of roadie guy.
Roadie guy: finally discovered the concept of turning.
Driver guy: passing fools.
Roadie guy: literally just noticed that driver guy is pulling him.
Driver guy: Gone.
Let's compare and contrast that with heli-trip crash guy moments before impact. Yikes:
Even more yikes:
For sure that guy was going to the hospital, car impact or not. Maybe next year the support driver that knew how to turn can give out descending lessons for all the racers prior to the event. Maybe they can follow him down a few descents and learn his lines and braking points. Throw some cones in and call it a clinic.
Let's put this in context, too. The guys we're watching in this video are not Lance or Alberto or Peter. This isn't le Tour, it isn't even Amgen. These are the domestic pros racing the Tour of Utah who just got their doors blown off in the climb. Maybe if they push it on the descent they can make up the huge gap between them and the guys who actually make a living on their bikes.
Basically, they're the roadie equivalent of me. They just got smoked, again, they're way off the back now, and they're hoping that a double dose of trying harder might dig them out of the hole they're in.
Spoiler alert: it won't.