News from Carnage Corner

11 May

Well, looks like the JMSR finished up. From the YouTube videos and the Facebook posts it looks like  big blue doors of the Highroller saw some carnage. The number of crashes was epic. I am sure there will be some serious consideration that goes into the planning of next year’s course.

The number of crashes and near crashes in this race make me wonder about what motivates the riders to participate in a crit like this one or any crit that is obviously dangerous. I have no issue with pros doing it. That is their job and they get paid (although very little) to do it. I can’t understand the riders risking life,skin, and limb for a high place in a cat 3 or 4 race. It just does’t seem worth it to me.

Dont get me wrong, I am not anti racing or anti crits. You will see me out at the summer crit series this year as many nights as I can get off work in time. I am just questioning the overall level of danger involved in the courses that we are racing on. I, for one, am never going to race on a course that I feel is above my ability or the ability of the others in my group.  Perhaps it is time for the racers to organize their own organization that can work with promoters and course directors to increase the safety of the courses?

This is just a thought. I am not trying to call out any group or individual; only putting into words a thought I had at the shop this morning before anyone was around for me to talk to about it.

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