>> > -- LSC
>> Given the following hypothetical :-) situation, is there "physical"
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>> Now, nothing here is physical assistance, but this is assistance which goes
>> beyond "inspirational". But then again, I have seen racers mark
>> equipment (bikes in transition area, shoes on boat ramps, etc.) with helium
>> filled balloons for quick location (and I have seen other racers pop the
I would have a problem if I saw a racer doing ANYTHING with equipment that
did not belong to that racer. Of course, sometimes in the TA, equipment does
sometimes get spread out into someone else's space. In that situation, if the
athlete moves the equipment, no big deal, anything else and I've got a problem.
>> I have also seen racers discard equipment out of the race area
>> even though there was no one there to retrieve it for them. So, to answer
Anybody that chucks a $150 - $200 wetsuit on the way to the TA to no one in
particular and expects to get it back after the race is either (A) incredibly
lazy, or (B) incredibly stupid. In either case, such behavior warrants at
least a time penalty (Remember the littering rule, it applies to wetsuits as
well as flat tires/tubes !!!!)
>> my own question, I guess there is nothing illegal about this. Its just
>> something I have wondered about.
>Hmmmmm. Some interesting points here. The following is my opinion and I
>can't guarantee mine would match that of any officials at any particular
>race. If a racer saw this behavior and filed a protest TriFed could get
>involved and if the racer who was protested wanted to appeal TriFed would
>set-up a hearing . . .
And it is every official's ardent desire to keep that from happening ! :-)
>Anyway, I don't really have a problem with someone *outside* the race
>course standing by shoes etc. I do have a problem with racers throwing
>their wetsuits to spectators so they don't have to run carrying them.
It gets back to the lazy thing again, I think if you wear it in, you carry it
out. But then again, if you can toss it to someone, then the wetsuit is not
going to get strewn out in the TA, and ruined when somebody rides over it with
their sandy/gravelly tires. When I am officiating, I tell the athletes if they
want to throw the wetsuit in the direction of someone who will pick it up for
them, fine, but if they just throw it somewhere, the littering rule will be
>Again, the trained officials would have to make a judgement here. The
>protest/appeal system could handle the rest. Obviously, there is no
>black&white answer here.
"Nobody ever remembers who comes in second (let alone third")
Russell de Pina
Cadence Design Systems
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