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Amgen Tour of California starts tomorrow...

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...I was out on the American River bike trail today and all the teams were in full kit doing warm-up rides. A couple of those guys blocked my line on the corners. They were waaay over the center line. :angry:  I would have filed a protest, but you have to do it within 15 minutes of the finish, and I couldn't find an official.  :(


 

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3B. Riding Conduct 3B1. Center Line. If a course is not closed to traffic, all competitors must keep to the right of the center line or enforcement line

 

3E6. Rider Conduct. (a) On an out-and-back course, riders shall stay to the right of the centerline or enforcement line at all times

 

https://s3.amazonaws.com/imm-usac-uat-bucket-16e9mh4tuo6kc/documents/USAC_RuleBook_Chpt_03_Upload.pdf

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...today (Stage 1) is flatter than a cow pie that dropped out of a tall cow's ass.  Sacramento out to Winters/Woodland, then back through Davis and finish in Sacramento.  Tomorrow they start out in Rancho Cordova, and race all the way up to South Lake Tahoe.  That is a lot of climbing.

 

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I didn't watch the race but what I know about officiating is that consistency is key. It does matter if the event happened less than 40 cm from the line. If the rule says decisions change at a line, then so be it. Otherwise, everyone must accept that all the rules have a margin available for discretionary decisions by the officials. Looking at your links, I would have called the cyclists for drafting the service vehicles.

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On 5/17/2019 at 10:54 AM, donkpow said:

Looking at your links, I would have called the cyclists for drafting the service vehicles.

...it seems to be done pretty commonly now, if the few professional road races I watch are any indicator.

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