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Old 07-22-2017, 09:54 PM
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Escorting a Bicycle race

Anyone ever work (volunteer) to escort a bicycle race?

Not long ago, on my way to a friends place for lunch, I took some back roads to get off the dreaded Highway 401 as the traffic became faster and faster, packed tighter and tighter as I got closer to Toronto

On the peaceful back roads I rounded a 90 degree country corner and had to halt to a stop for cops blocking an intersection while cyclists rounded the bend and streamed through in countless numbers.

I thought for sure I was going to be late for lunch To my surprise the cop in the intersection began waving me through with a frantic arm, so I jumped on the chance and slipped into the gap in cyclist traffic, matching their speed carefully.

Looking ahead I could see there was a very long line of bicycles in front of me. Soon I realized there were opportunities to be in the opposite lane and ease by groups of bikes and get into another pocket. This went on for a while, and I started having fantasies of being one of those motorcycles in the Tour de France

Since its on TV today I was reminded of that experience and looked up this "job"

I found the article at the following link that was interesting. Anyone out there actually do some escorting?

'78 XS1100E (the newest bike I've ever owned)
'74 CB350F1 (under restoration)
'72 RT2 MX360 (the "Yak" gone but not forgotten, she was my first, after all)

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Old 07-23-2017, 06:57 AM
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Great article! Thanks for sharing. I looked into being a MSF instructor, until I realized it's more for a retiree.
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Old 07-23-2017, 11:54 AM
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I've done some work with bicycle rides, mostly with communications. I did use my '79, equipped with a radio, on a ride or two in my area. It IS rewarding and fun, as you realize being on two wheels we both face the same problems, just at different speeds. I am waiting to try and find a radio that will work well on the C14. My problem, I WILL need a second battery, and with all the other things to make it work I'm looking at almost $1K US. I just have to wait...
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Old 09-13-2017, 01:41 PM
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Rambling around the site as a new user and had to reply to this thread. I was a competitive triathlete for about 15 years and have been both the escorter and the escortee as I used to work for a race production company for a while after I stopped racing.

The most fun was when I had my 95 wing. It was a total stealth machine at low speed/low RPM. Triathlon has this rule of "no drafting" on the bike which means they have to stay spread out x amount of distance between bikes. "Drafting" carries a time penalty - no one wants to get caught! We used to roll right up behind a group of riders - they never knew we were there - and then the race marshal (my passenger), after writing down all the numbers would wave them over to mark on their race bibs.

As a racer, I loved the guys who rode Harley's, you always knew exactly where they were...
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