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Re: Crashes involving race vehicles
« Reply #90 on: May 29, 2016, 05:16 »
Tour of Belgium Disaster

http://www.sbs.com.au/cyclingcentral/article/2016/05/29/broeckx-coma-after-belgium-tour-moto-crash

Stig Broeckz is in a coma after 2 moto's crashed in the middle of the peloton taking out a whole bunch of riders.

It appears that the 2 moto's were passing the peloton on one side when the one in front hit a pot hole and braked suddenly.  the second moto rear ended the first, and both went down, taking a whole bunch of riders out.

Stig Broeckx - who was hit by a moto in KBK earlier this year - is worst off, with head injuries and is in a como.

19 riders were involved, with 11 being taken to hospital.

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I honestly dont know the solution ... but something has to change.



http://cyclingtips.com/2016/05/race-motos-cause-mass-pileup-at-belgium-tour-broeckx-in-coma-with-suspected-skull-fracture/


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The crash caused a strong reaction from pro riders, including Etixx-QuickStep’s Tony Martin, who posted on Twitter, “What we need NOW is a round table with UCI, race organizers and riders to force changes and decide one safty standard for EVERY race!”


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Wanty-Groupe Gobert rider Enrico Gasparatto spoke with Sporza after the crash, saying he felt immediately that the race must be cancelled. “I knew that it was very serious. What happened already with our team this year [the death of Antoine Demoitié] cannot happen again. We need to give a big signal to everybody, that we are the riders, but before being riders, we are fathers, we have families. Sometimes we have to look ourselves in the mirror, and not think about the race, or winning, or contracts. The most important thing is to live. To cancel the race was the best decision.”
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    Re: Crashes involving race vehicles
    « Reply #91 on: June 22, 2016, 14:04 »
    Belgian federation took measures to improve riders safety limiting the number of riders in the peloton up to 120 individuals for novice races, 150 ones for juniors and 175 for U23 & amateurs and prohibits vehicles to overtake the peloton. But not for the pro races because they are not competent to decide, which in my opinion is staggering. I think the UCI has no say about races organised on the Belgian territory, except if it's the Worlds. It's about time we decentralised it.

    Article from today's Gazet van Antwerpen:

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    Re: Crashes involving race vehicles
    « Reply #93 on: May 26, 2017, 05:53 »
    Bumping this. One thing major races can adopt is having much smaller motorbikes, as in  the tour of Japan this year (or most Asian motorcycles). 150-250cc, and thus light as any vehicle. As a fallout, it accelerates better at low speeds, and in case of a crash/stall/breakdown can be moved very easily instead of requiring a bloody excavator.

    The trade off is camera stability will likely reduce. Whether that is negotiable is a major point.
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    Re: Crashes involving race vehicles
    « Reply #94 on: May 26, 2017, 07:15 »
    I think that s a fair trade.

    I would much prefer a safer environment for the riders than a stable camera image.  So it will jump around a bit ... they will just have to use the heli shots more ....

    the moto incidents are just too much - and there are still waaayyy to many motorbikes within the peleton.

    If they arent willing to sacrifice image quality (advertisers etc want better quality pics), at least have the police escorts, neutral service, guy with the blackboards, guys doing road safety etc that have to move back and forth (ie 3/4 of hte bikes) on those.

    If we go back through this thread, a number of the crashes were not camera bikes but various other moto's that are required.
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