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I notice the TDU challenge is promoting "In an event first you will have your time recorded and published".
In past years the organisers have pushed the message "it's not a race, stay safe" and now they do this?
I have participated in this event for the past 6 years and have seen some very dangerous situations where inexperienced riders have mixed with way-too-serious pro-wannabes. Recording and publishing times will only encourage dangerous riding.
I also notice on page 44 of the ride guide "Remember to have fun, this is not a race it's a recreational ride!" Which is it? What's the point of recording and publishing times if it's not a race?
I value my safety, so I won't be participating this time.
I bowed out a while ago due to this. Also ended up dropping out of RLC when the same sort of thing happened in front of Police. A complaint went unheeded and couldn't give a rats.
In some ways a pity, bit its saved me a lot of money ...
The conduct of the riders was the rain that I stopped doing the ride after 2010, that and the piss poor efforts by the organisers.
With or without timing these events are always treated as a effort where doing a personal best time is a priority and the organisation responsible should put in place the appropriate responses.
All they need to do is replicate the Amy Gillette Grand Fondo
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I can't see any point in recording and publishing times either but I don't think it will make much difference to rider behaviour tbh. Anyone looking for glory will be posting their rides to Strava and riding like a d!ckhead anyway.
I'll be staying well away from the ride. I scored a free entry last year and despite my better judgement turned up and did the ride, probably the worst I've seen for crashes, I saw four different riders being put into ambulances. One of my mates was in a crash that broke two bikes and left a few riders injured. The ride is too big and too badly organised.
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I haven't bothered now for a few years, would rather stay safe and ride all the stages and watch the pros along the way... Much better way to spend the day [THUMBS UP SIGN]
Cheaper too !!!
I have to say, I did the BUPA last year...made a rookie mistake and I should know better after doing ATB, Ottways, Racing, ToB and various other large rides and Tours that always start at the front. I carved my way through the first 1000 people, seeing inexperienced riders, wrong side of the road, cant descend etc once I was past it was clear riding with most of the riders with the same ability. So I think it really depends on who you ride with and how you ride. I will do it again next year, it doesn't worry me about a published time or not but I can see why they would. To many, if not more than 50% of the riders it is a personal achievement to complete the ride.
Or, if your not a morning person like me, start 2hrs late, and its a pretty clear run! Although the chances of you having to stop and render CPR to random punters collapsed on the side of the road does increase markedly!!!
Strap an oxygen bottle to the bike Mutley.
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I contacted the organisers about this. Apparently many people requested timings in the post-event survey last time, so they decided to trial it.
mass number of non pro riders going fast is never going to be safe.
Throw in 3 mega hill climbs I say. Stretch the damn thing out.
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