Sometimes the system works / Duke 1/2 IM

Sometimes the system works / Duke 1/2 IM

Post by johnnyry.. » Tue, 03 Oct 2000 04:00:00


I just wanted to pass this along.  I had the privilege of racing in the
Duke Liver Center half-ironman yesterday which was a wonderful race and
I really enjoyed it.  If you are intersted in doing this race next year,
sign up early as it will likely fill up even more quickly next year.

During the bike segment of the race, I witnessed a particular indiviual
repeatedly sitting on wheels for longer than 15 seconds.  It wasn't the
Plantadis-style of drafting which seems more like a team trial, but
rather pushing the rules.  Siting on a wheel for 2 or 3 minutes,
passing, then getting passed back and sitting on the guy's wheel again.
 I even said something to the individual (who happens to be an
aquaintance).  To make a long story short, the guy actually got caught
by the single(?) draft marshal and assessed a penalty.  You cannot
imagine my elation when I heard the news.  It was very similar to that
feeling you get when you're driving on the interstate and someone passes
you at 30+ mph over the posted speed limit and 5 miles later you see
them pulled over in front of a State Trooper.  Wonderful!

If the draft marshal from yesterday is reading this, and I think he may
be, thank you, thank you, thank you!

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Sometimes the system works / Duke 1/2 IM

Post by TriRoost » Tue, 03 Oct 2000 04:00:00

Was this guy on a Kestral?

 
 
 

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Post by Stewart Co » Tue, 03 Oct 2000 04:00:00

Johnny:

I have to agree with you that the system does work. Interestingly, I had
corresponded with the race director a few months ago inquiring about USAT
officials. At that point he wasn't planning to have USAT officials, citing
the cost of bringing in officials from out of state. He planned to have a
fleet of "Goldwing Motorcycles" to draft marshal the bike course. I chose to
enter the race anyway. Later I heard from the resident USAT official in NC
that he would be officiating the race along with the head referee from
***ia. Unfortunately, it appears that the "fleet" of Goldwings did not
make an appearance. The two officials noted that they likely could have
handed out many more penalties if they had a few more motorcycles. But in
this case, at least 10 racers now know that they can get caught and
penalized for drafting.

From my perspective, I saw some obvious drafting, but not of the peleton
nature. As usual there was a great deal of blocking. I tried to make a few
"polite" comments about only having 15 seconds to pass, but I doubt it was
taken too seriously. One guy said "Really, thanks, I didn't know." But
overall, I agree that it was a good race and I would love to do again.
(After my legs recover from those Piedmont rollers.) Sorry I didn't get to
meet you.

Maybe now we can find another USAT official in NC to help out, and a few
more motorcycles. My thanks to the race director, the many helpful
volunteers, and the two USAT officials.
--
Stewart Cox


Quote:
> I just wanted to pass this along.  I had the privilege of racing in the
> Duke Liver Center half-ironman yesterday which was a wonderful race and
> I really enjoyed it.  If you are intersted in doing this race next year,
> sign up early as it will likely fill up even more quickly next year.

> During the bike segment of the race, I witnessed a particular indiviual
> repeatedly sitting on wheels for longer than 15 seconds.  It wasn't the
> Plantadis-style of drafting which seems more like a team trial, but
> rather pushing the rules.  Siting on a wheel for 2 or 3 minutes,
> passing, then getting passed back and sitting on the guy's wheel again.
>  I even said something to the individual (who happens to be an
> aquaintance).  To make a long story short, the guy actually got caught
> by the single(?) draft marshal and assessed a penalty.  You cannot
> imagine my elation when I heard the news.  It was very similar to that
> feeling you get when you're driving on the interstate and someone passes
> you at 30+ mph over the posted speed limit and 5 miles later you see
> them pulled over in front of a State Trooper.  Wonderful!

> If the draft marshal from yesterday is reading this, and I think he may
> be, thank you, thank you, thank you!

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Post by Charlie Crawfo » Wed, 04 Oct 2000 04:00:00

Quote:

>If the draft marshal from yesterday is reading this, and I think he may
>be, thank you, thank you, thank you!

David Schoonmaker deserves credit as the only NC official in our
ranks.  David has done a great job with few resources in a large
state.  In oredr to become a certified USAT Official, he travelled to
Birmingham, Al (530 miles, one way) and took the Powerman Alabama
Officials Clinic.  He has travelled thousands of miles since, working
races for your benefit.  He deserves thanks from us all.

-Charlie Crawford
USAT Commissioner of Officials
http://www.usat-se.org/ofprog.htm

 
 
 

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Post by Dave Schoonmake » Thu, 05 Oct 2000 04:00:00

I checked my tape last night, and, much as I wish it had been my call, it
wasn't. One of the other marshalls deserves John's "thank you"s. But this
does give me the opportunity to bring up a few points about officials and
officiating. (Proselytizing mode on.)

First, the system worked in another way (beyond that a drafter got caught)
on Sunday. I was asked to officiate at this race (and likely more Set-Up
Inc. races in the future) because athletes, including John and Stewart,
requested it. Had it not been for those requests, the race director would
have had no way to know that it's what his customers want. As anyone who's
entered one knows, Bill and Lynda Scott (and crew) put on great races, and
they're very responsive to popular demand. If you want draft-free triathlon,
let your race directors know!

Second, officiating isn't as great a sacrifice as Charlie's message might
imply. I officiated at four races this year, which still left me plenty of
time to train for and finish (very slowly) two 1/2 IM and a full IM, be a
husband and a father to three children, mow the grass (occasionally) and
tilt one or two beers. (The job on the other hand....:) Entering some races
and working others gives me a perspective on and appreciation for triathlon
that I'd miss if I did only one or the other. Besides, it's just a logical
extension of my passion for draft-free triathlon.

Unfortunately, balancing my interests meant saying "no" a few times this
year to requests to work races. As Charlie notes, I am the only official in
NC, and we desperately need more. Nuf said.

Dave Schoonmaker (50-54 AG, USAT official)
Durham, NC


Quote:

> >If the draft marshal from yesterday is reading this, and I think he may
> >be, thank you, thank you, thank you!

> David Schoonmaker deserves credit as the only NC official in our
> ranks.  David has done a great job with few resources in a large
> state.  In oredr to become a certified USAT Official, he travelled to
> Birmingham, Al (530 miles, one way) and took the Powerman Alabama
> Officials Clinic.  He has travelled thousands of miles since, working
> races for your benefit.  He deserves thanks from us all.

> -Charlie Crawford
> USAT Commissioner of Officials
> http://www.usat-se.org/ofprog.htm

 
 
 

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Post by johnnyry.. » Thu, 05 Oct 2000 04:00:00



Quote:
> Was this guy on a Kestral?

Not the guy I'm talking about.  Unfortunately, there will always be some
folks who do it and get away with it.

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Post by Tom Henderso » Mon, 09 Oct 2000 04:00:00

Dave and Charlie,

That brings a question to mind. Not that I'm claiming to be up to the task, but
what does one who is interested in becoming a USAT official do to get there?
There may be some future NC (or elsewhere) USAT offoicals lurking out there.

Thanks,

Tom

 
 
 

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Post by Charlie Crawfo » Tue, 10 Oct 2000 04:00:00

On Sun, 08 Oct 2000 19:27:32 -0500, Tom Henderson

Quote:

>Dave and Charlie,

>That brings a question to mind. Not that I'm claiming to be up to the task, but
>what does one who is interested in becoming a USAT official do to get there?
>There may be some future NC (or elsewhere) USAT offoicals lurking out there.

http://www.usat-se.org/ofprog.htm

-Charlie