Another First World Cycling Problem

Yesterday, out at the 2013 Colnago Erik Mather Cup at Eastern Creek there was a bit of a cock-up with the C-grade finish. Basically the organisers – only human the last time I checked – held up the wrong grade board. This resulted in quite a bit of confusion, with some guys sprinting and others not realising it was the final lap. Caught out myself, I confess this was rather annoying at the time. It’s also lead to a fair amount of social media chat from “ripped off” riders. But, really, there are more important things in life. We’re not riding for sheep stations.


4 thoughts on “Another First World Cycling Problem

  1. 200dollars is not a voucher i was in the race and the guy who won the last sprint tried to break away and was chased down by the lidcombe team but still won the sprint.. 95% of the bunch did not go for the d grade sprint they should have split the money or made the race null and void

    1. I was in the race too and your summary of what happened is absolutely right. I guess my point is simply that at the end of the day, everyone makes mistakes… and let’s face it, we only “lost” $25 each. Yes, that’s more than the usual race fee. But still hardly a huge amount of money compared to the bikes we all race on. Shit happens. Life goes on. On the upside, we got to race 3 more laps than usual….!

  2. I was in C grade for my first ever Criterium, and I have to say I had no idea what was going on with that sign and bell. I asked the others in the front group if this was the last lap and they said they thought so – Hence the ‘early’ sprint. After completely removing all remaining energy from my body in the final few metres, I hear the rest of the peleton saying… “WTF – There is still plenty of race to go” as they rode past me whilst I was sitting up.

    Not the crit debut I had hoped for, but fun nonetheless. I’m sort of happy that the messup was actually with the people holding up the sign and not just my own misinterpretation of the rules.

    1. I’ve raced with the ‘tahs for two years now and this is the first time I’ve experienced this…it’s usually very clear when it’s the final lap!

      Only trouble you occassionally come across is grades passing each other during the final sprint. That can be chaotic. That said, the commissaires seem to be getting more proactive to avoid this, by having some flexibility on exact race durations.

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