Join Date: May 2007
Bikes: KUUPAS, Simpson VR
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A few years ago I ran a Tuesday night TT series here. I had points and a website and people posted pics and I posted all the results etc. we had points for placing but also points for best improvement (regardless or cat) each week. All good.
I would be the last to start (after holding the next to last guy) and would chase everyone. I started seeing stuff I couldn't believe. One guy had his buddy lurk around the bend on his scooter (read motor scooter) and pace him to about 2km from the finish. His time obviously improved DRAMATICALLY and I guess he figured we'd never notice.
Stuff like this started to happen more and more often. After we reached the end of the "winter" season I shut it down. I was pretty disappointed to say the least.
I think part of the problem was cultural. What we would describe as cheating, to a Chinese person, is often seen as cleaver. This guys thought they were being crafty and couldn't understand why I was upset about it. I would use the same explanation if we were talking about copyright laws. Very often, they just don't understand it.
I have a friend who makes kiteboards here. He was showing me his website and I saw a board they had done with custom graphics that had a nike swoosh on it. I was surprised and asked him if he had the right to use the swoosh (I REALLY doubted it). He said, "No...what do you mean?". I explained it to him and he was perplexed. He took the photo off his site but I still don't think he understands why.
Bit of a tangent there.