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Errors, genuine or mischievous, have dashed the hopes of many a cyclist mid-race. Tell us your experience
On October 27, the Essex Off Road Duathlon was cancelled mid-race. Members of the public had changed the direction of race arrows. That, along with strong winds, a few technical glitches, and too few marshals, resulted in the race being unexpectedly stopped.
Speaking to cyclists, most seem to have a ‘race mistake horror story’ to tell, ones resulting from forces outside their control.
“While racing amateur in France, I was doing a small race the Alps and I was winning. I had over a minute lead with about 5km to go,” said David McLean, an ex-professional cyclist. Only McLean didn’t win. “One of the marshals wasn’t ready at his turn, so I didn’t see him, and he didn’t see me. It turns out he was changing his colostomy bag. I continued descending in the wrong direction, and it took a long time to realise what had gone wrong.”
Graham Lee, a frequent race organiser who was involved in the logistics of the Essex Off Road Duathlon, cites another incident. “We once had an evening race. In the afternoon, we put the signs out. By the time we finished registration, there was another load of arrows. In those couple hours, someone re-signed the place.
“Mistakes like these are fairly common,” explained Lee. They occur for a number of reasons: the weather, vehicles, other cyclists, and occasionally, good-intentioned old ladies.
“I’ve had three instances with nice old ladies. The first time, we put up signs for one of our races. We came back, saw the signs had been taken down. We followed the path. And we saw these old ladies who were walking their dogs, collecting the signs. They thought they had been left out. It was very nice of them in some respects – but it created a challenge,” he said.
“We’ve had finish lines blowing over because of the wind, dogs chasing people along …” added Lee.
Then there are the more unlikely race mistake moments, like when the Orica-GreenEdge team bus became lodged under the finish banner during this year’s first Tour de France stage.
Cyclists don’t only experience ‘race mistakes’. They can occasionally cause them. Runners in a Newcastle race went the wrong way after taking a passing cyclist in a yellow top for a race marshal.
“In general, most events go well, but sometimes these things happen,” said Lee.
All of this has got us wondering: what are your ‘race mistake’ stories?
• Danae Mercer is a freelance journalist
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