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were there this many crashes in days of old?(4 posts)

were there this many crashes in days of old?ishmael
Jul 22, 2002 2:13 PM
I read an article in which Udo Bolts tells how he wouldnt want his children to grow up to be racers because it's too dangerous today. Are races in this country more dangerous becuase of an influx of newbies because of the sports recent popularity due to Armstrong? America has more crits than other countries doesnt it?
re: were there this many crashes in days of old?brider
Jul 23, 2002 7:45 AM
There's also less of a bike culture in the USA as opposed to most European countries. Kids there grow up with bikes, and learn how to handle them much better. And yes, the whole concept of a crit is basically lost to the Europeans.
re: were there this many crashes in days of old?kaiser
Jul 23, 2002 8:10 AM
Not in THIS country. if anything, the fields are smaller, and the crashes, by overall percentage, are less.

I think Bolts was referring to the tour where the field is quite large in comparison to the narrow french roads they travel on.

The tour used to have like 150 riders max, but now has like close to 190. Even Hinault complained about the increase in numbers back when he raced. They used to run fewer teams but with 10 riders. Now they have way more teams, but with 9 riders.
re: were there this many crashes in days of old?kaiser
Jul 23, 2002 8:12 AM
And I don't think I've seen a noticeable 'surge" in ridership due to armstrong. The Playstation is a powerful force to combat.