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Race...why the spare wheels??(6 posts)

Race...why the spare wheels??yellowspox
Aug 23, 2003 1:44 PM
Several of us did a group ride over to a race site this morning to cheer on some fellow club riders. It was a road race that was set up similar to a crit but had loops of 8.1 miles. As we watched the 30,40, and 50 and under groups take off, I noticed many of the racers setting up spare sets of wheels near the start/finish line with their number attached. I couldn't figure out what good they would do. If you had a problem out on the road, they wouldn't do you any good. If you were having trouble and could make it back to the line, chances are you would be too far back to be competitive and even worse by the time you swapped out a wheel. What am I missing here ??
If you got in a wreck .......the bull
Aug 23, 2003 2:33 PM
and you get a wobble or a flat you can change it and get a free lap.Your right if it happens on a 8 mile course your screwed, it seems like these guys are wasting there time or just bored before the race.Do anything to calm the nerves before a race.
I would only have my wheels in a truck that followed the race from behind.If you are in a crit and it is a small 4 or 5 block course sometimes you are only three blocks at most away from the start/finish line.Then you can work it.
Spare Wheelsasgelle
Aug 23, 2003 5:39 PM
If it's a 8 mi. loop, it's a circuit race not a crit so there's no free lap rule. It's also true that a responsible promoter would have follow cars not a pit for a circuit race. Be that as it may, given there was a pit, the real question is why wouldn't you put wheels in if you have them. You might get a flat near the pit or a slow leak you can ride to the pit. It seems to me the wheels are doing a lot more good in the pit than back in your garage.
Spare Wheelsfiltersweep
Aug 23, 2003 7:19 PM
"You might get a flat near the pit or a slow leak you can ride to the pit."

Yeah... It would be your lucky day! ;)
Spare Wheelsasgelle
Aug 24, 2003 2:30 PM
Yeah, but how unlucky if that happened and you didn't bother to put wheels in. However, I bet the final poster is right. The wheels were probably going to be loaded in a follow vehicle.
re: Race...why the spare wheels??LC
Aug 24, 2003 7:35 AM
You usually set the wheels out early so the follow truck can pick them up. There was probably a race going on and the truck was out on the course, and those wheels would be loaded up for the next race. If there was an accident then you may have not even seen the truck since they were probally dealing with that. You have to keep in mind that the spectators only see a very small portion of a 8 mile circuit.