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    Idea for next year's TTT

    9-person tandem.
    "I just googled triple crank set and i see what your saying. this bike has 9 of those "cranksets".
    "They are showing [the TDF of Versus] at 5 different times in the day. It doesn't say which one is the live one."

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    Quote Originally Posted by colombo357 View Post
    9-person tandem.
    Wow, should surgest it to the giro/Vuelta since they are more radical. The Vuelta had an TTT done under flood lights.

    Prehaps a mandatory tandem for each team would be intresting to watch

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    Do you mean team members on tandem bikes or a special bike made tandem style to hold 9 team members? Either way would be different

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    And the 9th rider could be like the back of a hook and ladder fire truck. He could swing out and help steer in the corners!

    Seriously, with the exception of the added equipment cost, how about 4 tandems and a single?

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    Preferably a downhill TT with no turns and a tailwind. Might need ~200 gear inches, but it'd be cool to see 'em hit 75mph. Drafting shouldn't be a problem.

    If there are turns, you might need a hinge in the middle, like the accordian bellows on those double-length city buses.

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    I really enjoy these Idea for a....... out of the box threads. You get some good humor AND some good ideas emerge/morph as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seypat View Post
    And the 9th rider could be like the back of a hook and ladder fire truck. He could swing out and help steer in the corners!

    Seriously, with the exception of the added equipment cost, how about 4 tandems and a single?
    The problem is a tandem needs to be designed for a pair of riders, at least at the serious racing level. And riders need to practice as a team on a tandem. That creates some huge problems if a riders has gone down, or fro that matter if a tandem goes down in the TTT.

    How about reversing the numbers? A team is allowed to have one tandem. Allowed, not required. So a team can cover well by having 2 tandem setups, they would have to get very unlucky not to have a tandem ready to start. Allowed would also mean if the tandem goes down or otherwise has a mechanical the riders on it could go back to their single bikes.

    Heck if they want to make it 'interesting' they could make the rule that if a tandem is used it must be from the start and once abandoned the tandem cannot be reused. And then make the front part of the course technical. Decision time.

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    Two riders entering on a tandem in the tour would be amazing.

    I also think on board camera's should be mandatory for some riders (like in f1)

    There could also be a F1 of cycling, with a points at the finish champianship. They race on purpose built tracks, which should include a large hill, be safe, no team cars (domestics will have to give a wheel/bike to teamleaders then go into the pitlane) and allow spectators to see the riders pass multiple times.

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    Sounds sort of like a crit series except for maybe the safe part. I agree about the cameras btw.

    Quote Originally Posted by prettyshady View Post
    Two riders entering on a tandem in the tour would be amazing.

    I also think on board camera's should be mandatory for some riders (like in f1)

    There could also be a F1 of cycling, with a points at the finish champianship. They race on purpose built tracks, which should include a large hill, be safe, no team cars (domestics will have to give a wheel/bike to teamleaders then go into the pitlane) and allow spectators to see the riders pass multiple times.

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