Thursday, November 3, 2011

Bike fight

Today I saw my first post-race biffo. It wasn't pretty. In fact, it was down right hilarious!

With all of the crazy kamikaze sprints we have had, someone usually gets cut off or touches wheels or in the worst case, crashes. You get angry about it but there is nothing you can do, that's just part of racing. It's like road rage, you want to punch them in the face but you're in a car and they are just going to drive away.

Well, today, someone took it a bit too far. After the sprint one particular rider was clearly emotional as screamed at another for doing something in the sprint. As they were from different countries, they didn't understand each other so the other guy shrugged it off. This just annoyed the rider even more.

This is where it got funny. One rider stepped off his bike and hobbled over to the other on his pedal cleats. He grabbed the other guy with a clenched fist but was confused by the lack of area to aim for due to the helmet and sunglasses. The other rider was still clipped into his pedals and then fell over, taking the other guy with him as he couldn't balance on his cleats. They were on the ground, entangled in a bike with no real idea of what to do.

At this point, every single Chinese rider in the peleton (which is about 60) yelled in unison... 'Ay, ay!' This went on for another minute before it was broken up. Needless to say, they both got into a bit of trouble with the commissaries and it will be interesting to see if they are allowed to start tomorrow.

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