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I agree though, there is a point where it is simply dangerous - both hot and cold extrmes - where organisers ought to take the consideration of the welfare of the sports-persons over and above all else.
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This is the worst thing at the moment.
If the heat is too much, then cancellation is the only way.
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Athletes are aiming to peak at a particular time, and amateurs need to take time off work to compete. Perhaps book planes to get to the race. Let's not beat around the bush, it's damn hard to ride hills and the like in 35 degrees, let alone 45. Me personally, I don't think things should stop. The riders who can deal with the heat better, they will do well. We don't change the race schedule because the domestiques don't have a high enough FTP to win. Or take out the climbing stages because the sprinters can't climb. Athletes have natural advantages, and if it means they ride at 35kmh instead of 40 to cope with the heat, so be it. If you were concerned about the OHS issues then you would never include descents in a race, and you might not race at all in case someone has a heart episode (An Aussie just had that problem!).
Level playing field, a lot of hilly stages are survival anyway so this is just another challenge to be faced - these guys have cars with water bottles, gels a plenty, and people to ride the stuff to their bottle cage. They can handle it. Don't look to tennis for an example of the Hard Man.
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There is an inbuilt system to call off races. If the riders decide to stop then the race will be stopped. Middle of the road protest ( under some shade would be nice ) .
Race I was at last April this happened... Due to extreme wind. This particular stage was 200kms long, Motos were getting blown off the road... They were averaging less than 20kms an hour which meant the stage would be up to 10 hours long, would be dark well before then.
Rider protest eventually saw a Milan SanRemo type scenario where the riders got back on bus till 50kms to go to restart. Everyone was happyish with that... Except one of the trucks transporting the bikes rolled on a flooded descent and didn't arrive!.
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toolonglegs wrote:I personally have no interest in seeing someone die because of the heat.
This. All the talk of "rule 5" etc is fine and dandy but there comes a point where the adult thing to do is stop.
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If one of my teammates hadn't brought a couple of bags of ice along I'd have been in serious trouble. Sitting down after completing your lap was worse than continuing to ride ... which was like racing in a furnace.
The thing with pro racers is that many competitors are so desperate to get a result they will push themselves past the point of damaging themselves. Organisers need to look after the health of their athletes.
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Hot temps just suck the energy out of you.
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