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Racing - the wheel truck(6 posts)

Racing - the wheel trucktad
May 9, 2002 9:43 AM
This is my first year racing, and I need someone to explain how the wheel truck works. Do you somehow get paced back up to the pack after flatting? I'm just thinking that by the time you flat, wait for the wheel truck, find your wheel, change it out, etc., there is no way in $%*@ you will be able to get back on so what's the point?!

good luckDougSloan
May 9, 2002 9:49 AM
Most races don't have wheel support at all for Cat 5 races, or even most of the others (at least around here). You are on your own, bud.

Even if support is there, likely the support car will follow the lead group. If you get dropped, you are on your own.

No, unless you have teammates who worship you, you will never get paced back up.

If you flat, you are pretty much out of it. Fix it and then treat the rest like a hard workout.

Crits are different. You keep your spares in the pits. If you flat, you pit, change it, and join the group the next time around. "Free lap" they call it. Check to see if there is a free lap rule in effect.

Bottom line, for most races, carry a tube, lever, and a CO2 inflator.

Around here.mixinbeatz
May 9, 2002 10:07 AM
The 4's always race with the 5's and neutral support is provided. If you are a strong TT'er you are no means done if you get a flat. Just make sure you shift into the smallest cog and get off the road while holding your hand up. I had a really, really, really, slow wheel change earlier this year, and although it took me 8 miles to catch the pack, my race wasn't over. Luckily, I had a teammate stop and pull me a mile or so before he was done, but I think I would have eventually caught the group on my own.
Don't give up, if anything it will be good TT training.
Nope thats the waygrandemamou
May 9, 2002 10:49 AM
it works. The support vehicle will not pace you back in. All is not always lost. There will be a a natural ebb and flow in most races. If it happens when the pace slows or if your strong enough you "may" be able to get back in it.

At least you get to finish. I'd rather come in last rather than see DNF next to my name.
As a former wheel truck driver...Tig
May 9, 2002 12:54 PM
...for when our club put on a road race, I can share what I've seen. Once the wheel exchange has been made, you will be on your own. The vehicle usually carried a USCF race official that wanted to get back to the field so he/she can continue playing referee. If you can't continue due to an obvious mechanical failure, you better let them know so you can toss your bike and self in the truck bed.
Small races, cat 4/5Eric_H
May 9, 2002 4:27 PM
My experience in many years of racing:

Most small races in cat 3/4/5 will only have one wheel vehicle and in the event of a flat one might get a wheel but that will be it for assistance. In Pro/1/2 races of a larger magnitude, there will often (usually) be more than one support vehicle. Depending on the drivers and the officials, one might be fortunate enough to receive a pace back to the field. However, for the most part one never knows if the driver will pace you back until the time of the flat. It depends on the flow of the race and attitude of the officials regarding this issue.

Personally, I have no objection to someone getting paced back after a flat. I know I hate when a flat decides my fate and I have definitely appreciated the times when I have been able to get pacing assistance after a flat.