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Are radios allowed in USCF Cat 3 races? anyone know? nm(6 posts)

Are radios allowed in USCF Cat 3 races? anyone know? nmclimbo
Dec 4, 2001 6:04 AM
nm
Seen 'em in cat 4 and cat 5.Duane Gran
Dec 4, 2001 7:19 AM
I'm pretty sure they are allowed, but it may depend on the flavor of your district. Here in District 20 (mid-atlantic) it is often done, however I think the USCF has a rule against juniors using them.
ok, thanks, we might try it out...nmclimbo
Dec 4, 2001 11:39 AM
nm
Common in Masters, Tootriangleforge
Dec 7, 2001 11:08 AM
At least a couple of the teams in the 40+ fields I tend to do (also District 20) are wired up in most road races.

Cheers,

BRAD
Seen 'em in cat 4 and cat 5.TJeanloz
Dec 7, 2001 1:31 PM
They are allowed. Whether they're all that helpful for amatuer racing, the jury is still out on. If you have a quality 10 man team with one clear leader and objective, radios do all right in keeping the team focused. But that's not how most Cat3 teams go.

Usually it goes:
"Joe, we need you to get into that break"

Joe: "If I could be in that break, I would already be there"

or

"We need the whole team to the front to set tempo on this climb"

response: "whole team is barely holding onto the back of the group."

My experience is that radios cause more problems than they solve.
good pointsDuane Gran
Dec 12, 2001 5:20 AM
I agree about your points. I've used radios in a few races and generally they don't help, however one time they did help. I was near the front and an attack was coming from the left side. A teammate radio'd me to tell me and I was able to jump on it more easily. I suppose this problem could be better handled with peripheral vision and awareness, but that is my one example of where it benefited me.