Anyone else seeing this at your races?
The Chief Ref at a recent series of races started each race with 30 seconds of silence, and then the verbal command of "On your marks, Go!" (Marks? What the...?)
He said he saw this at a World Cup Mountain Bike Race and liked it, so he's doing it at road events.
To me, as an announcer, it's the most boring way to start an event. It removes all excitement from an event, and it serves no purpose in road cycling.
In MTB races? Sure, it prevents someone from rolling out early and getting the hole shot.
In road events, it should be "Riders Ready, GO!"
or ridersready.net Just....you know....