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Safest place to ride ???(7 posts)

Safest place to ride ???african
Aug 28, 2002 9:15 AM
OLN TDF coverage they said the safest place to ride is up front (near the front) where Lance hangs out. At the back is the most likely to crash. That sounds great for the pro's. But thats them, we ride in a group with traffic, is it safer to hang back (tail gunner style) see what happens up front and try hang on, keeping an eye open behind for cars. Or is it safer in the middle just spinning in the pack, or safer up near the front pulling (blowing up maybe).

I usually hang back on some rides and on others I go to the front and pull it around for a bit and go for some of the sprint spots. So long story short basically where is it safer on our local rides to sit in the pack?
re: Safest place to ride ???rbb
Aug 28, 2002 9:22 AM
At home, on your trainer!!

-Bob
R U Bob Roll? ok funny guys, nmafrican
Aug 28, 2002 9:30 AM
On a stationary bike, at home. nmalansutton
Aug 28, 2002 9:29 AM
Don't have one... sell me yours!! nmafrican
Aug 28, 2002 9:31 AM
re: Safest place to ride ???Tig
Aug 28, 2002 11:45 AM
Jonathan Vaughters said that there wasn't a safe place to be in this year's TDF, due to crashes up front as well as towards the back. He said something like he'd feel safer in a cat 5 criterium than the TDF! Credit Agricole had really bad luck with crashes this year.

I've seen crashes all over, but a few more towards the back. If the pace is really fast, it seems that stronger, better riders are toward the front taking pulls, while weaker and sometimes lesser skilled riders are hanging on at the back. A fatigued rider can go from their normally safe ability to dangerous in no time.

After a pull I usually won't drop all the way back, but will find a gap in the middle if the group is large. Smaller groups tend to be safer as long as the riders are fairly well skilled. Even though I find myself in 50+ groups, I like a group of less than 10 for safety reasons.
Thanks nmafrican
Aug 28, 2002 12:24 PM