Who's that at the US Pro Cycling Challenge?

Discussion in 'Sports' started by zeeede, Aug 21, 2012.

  1. takemeaway

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    Excellent initial thread. MsLizVt thank you for your insight and information. My husband and I have been volunteer moto-marshals for the Multiple Sclerosis rides in Georgia the last couple of years. Our initial involvement came from a call through our local BMW chapter because the ride desparately needed more moto-marshals and were reaching out to everyone. We got involved and were hooked.

    Since this isn't a "race" the "professional" riders usually run the century (100 mile) route and are done with the day quickly. For those of us on the 65 and 32 mile routes, we have a longer day. Luckily we don't police or time anything. We ride at a constant rate and scan for trouble. Help any riders that we can, call for the SAG (support and gear) vehicles if it is mechanical beyond our abilities or if the rider just can't make it and wants to be picked up. On really hot years we carry snacks, water and bananas and replenish riders supplies. We are supposed to prevent riding two or more wide, or with headphones. But those are difficult to enforce. We watch for signage issues, too few, confusing, or downright missing thanks to some miscreants. We chase dogs, find owners, or call for backup to corral them so we can move on.

    We have absolutely LOVED being involved. You get to recognizing some riders and cheering them on whenever you pass by. Sometimes it is just the little lift they need. And I just can't understand why they are thanking us when they are the ones who raised the money and are out on some grueling hills in heat and humidity busting their rumps. They deserve the thanks for what they are doing for the charity.

    Over the years it has taught us better slow speed maneuvering, riding in packs, scanning 360 and making quick decisions. We have increased our abilities and gotten our Ham radio licenses to communicate directly with Net Control as cell phones lack coverage in some of these areas and they aren't real time to keep up with the turtle (last rider and associated SAG vehicle behind them). We have begun pursuing involvement in local races to see about getting our certifications.

    I can't tell people enough how fun, stressful, grueling, rewarding, challenging this is. I may be patrolling the 65 mile route, but I have ridden 180 miles going back and forth along it, keeping people safe. It may be 96F but I am in ATGATT because I am no help to anyone if the ambulance is coming for me. We are sweating buckets and trying to stay hydrated...and just loving being involved with all these people.

    A couple years ago I put together a video for our leaders to use as a promotional. Our volunteer numbers aren't too good down here.

    https://vimeo.com/15281830

    So thanks to all who have expressed interest. Even if you don't get certifications for the big races, the little races or charity rides can always use help.
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  2. Martian

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    Most interesting. Thanks.

    I have a whole new appreciation for the production.
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  3. wdeTA

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    Got the chance to talk to Ed Dailey, the race Regulator, briefly after the Denver stage. Here he is with his customized HiViz bike

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    and his interview on 9 news
    http://www.9news.com/shows/weekends/281258/320/Safety-a-priority-for-USA-Pro-Cycling-Challenge

    For those like me who worked last years Vail TT and hoped to work this years, he said that with the start and finish right next to each other, and the addition of all the Denver Motor Cops who wanted to work it, they had way more bikes than needed. Given the number of vehicles I saw with each bicycle he wasn't exaggerating.

    For those that didn't catch it, there was apparently a minor accident with one of the bikes on Saturday.
    http://www.dailycamera.com/boulder-...injured-usa-pro-challenge-accident?source=rss

    "During Saturday's USA Pro Cycling Challenge stage, as the cyclists began the descent into Marshall on Colo. 93, a television camera motorcycle was hit from behind by a team car, causing the motorcycle to crash.

    The crash happened as racer Cadel Evans dropped out of the pack and the driver of the motorcycle also dropped back. Both the driver, Scott Schaffrick, and the cameraman, Boulder's Scott Ogle, were thrown to the ground. Ogle said he was taken to Boulder Community Hospital with minor injuries. Schaffrick was bruised, but didn't require medical treatment.

    Police weren't involved in the crash and no one was ticketed, according to the Colorado State Patrol and the Boulder County Sheriff's Office.
    " (Boulder Daily Camera)

    Great race again this year. Only wish I could have been participating again this year instead of just spectating, but maybe with a little luck and following the helpful advice posted in the thread I'll get to work it in the future.
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  4. MsLizVt

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    Speed bump on the tight hairpin climb.

    David, any comments you would care to share?


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  5. tv-moto

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    Thanks for posting that photo of me, it looks like I have a new nickname here now ( Colorado Dave ha ha ha). I just glanced over the other photos on this link, and I would take a while to comment on them all. The photo of the French TV bike was taken about a year ago when they were using their K1100 LT's. They are now using 11 2011 R1200RT's and are buying some 2012 R1200GS's for some of the rougher one day classics (They liked how well my 2010 R1200GS was working for me). They change the alternators out to the higher output authority bike unit and they also change the final drive unit so that they can climb at a slower speed. I have to start using the clutch at between 6.4 and 7.2 MPH, depending on the steepness of the hill. The French Driver, Fabrece Roche, is a great driver (as he proved when he raced 5-6 Dakar rallies) and we have worked on many races together. The Blue R1100RT (Moto 2) is driven by ex-desert racer Bill Diaz. He is a wonderful driver and very pleased that he will be joining me in Europe in 2 weeks for the Tour of Britain bicycle race. We will be using stock BMW R1200RT's for that. Thanks for everyones enthusiasm for this!
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  6. Dranrab Luap

    Dranrab Luap E-Tarded Super Moderator

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    Liz, thank you so much for taking time out to post all that. I am always amazed at how well connected our community is to so many different things.
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    Hey Liz - Pipe down with all that info.
    We don't want too many people at the party. :D

    Brendan
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  8. GS Dave

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    I just got back from the USPC, I drove the Time Board Moto all week, what a rush. I had by far the best seat in the house :clap
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  9. Dranrab Luap

    Dranrab Luap E-Tarded Super Moderator

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    Cool! Where's the pics?
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  10. tar356

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    This may have been mentioned before somewhere on the these boards, but last week during the U.S. Pro Cycling Challenge, NBC had one of the commentators on the back of a BMW for "in the race" commentary. The pilot of the bike was proudly displaying an ADV sticker on the back of his helmet!

    That sticker caught a lot of air time over the week long race.
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  11. Dranrab Luap

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    Those without ADD were treated to a photo of said rider in the first post of this thread.:lol3
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  12. GS Dave

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  13. MsLizVt

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  14. GS Dave

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    not sure how I screwed that up.......anyway, no I did not take the picture, I am in the picture. I am the second motor in the front.
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  16. MsLizVt

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    This is a great video, and the next part is pretty cool too. Check out the motos at about 15 or 16 minutes in the next part, below. From that point on you'll see how involved they are. Good radio communications going on too. Keep in mind, that the entire caravan of team cars are listening in too, so they know what's going on in the race.


    Part 3 of 3, The race to the finish.







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  17. MsLizVt

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    Hi!

    Bicycle racing season has already started.

    While perusing the current Pro races going on in Europe, like the Paris-Nice race, I happened upon a great video of the 2012 Tour of Flanders. Check out the motos and support vehicles and official vehicles from the 5:00 minute and on. You'll see photo-mots, tv-motos (all that video footage has to come from somewhere), official-motos, police-motos, moto-marshals and more. Then there's the team cars with loads of bikes in the roof racks, that follow the whole thing.

    Enjoy,




    Liz


    PS: Check out the cobblestone section that starts at minute 19:00








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