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Old 07-13-14, 08:13 AM   #1
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Tandem road race events questions

I'm trying to put together a presentation for local race organizers to include tandem classes in road races, and I'm hoping some herein can give some guidance.

For those who have seen or participated in road races with tandem classes, is it typical to run the tandem class(es) before or after the single bike classes (or somewhere in the middle of other classes)? I see in LotoJa the tandem racers start rather early, but in the recreational classes they start mid- to later in the groups.

Has anyone experienced, or are there rules against, starting the tandems admist the singles in a mass start? I have a call into USAC, but no response in over a week... From experienced single and tandem recreational racers, what are your opinions on mass starts with singles versus separate class starts?

Finally, there was a thread herein earlier with hill climbs in the Colorado area with tadem classes... Would the local Colo teams be interested in more road race events (it would be a fleeting notion if I were the only one). I'm considering the possibility of starting a website with a little more tandem "race" information than is currently available through USAC or BRAC, perhaps growing outside this region.

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Tandem road race events questions

Tandems in Everest challenge go off in the first wave, which iirc is with the Cat4's.

Presumably they start the tandems early to give the most time before the time cutoff.

The commotion Classic was run on the same course as a Crit for singles with the tandem race earlier the same day.

Obviously a crit has to be run seperately.

An endurance race like EC I don't think it matters mixing tandems in a mass start be cause things sort out anyway by climbing speed.

More typical RR, I think you'd want to run separately, but you could just stagger the start time a few minutes, just as they do with different Cats
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Thanks, those were my opinions, but then I have far less experience than others herein.

Did a crit...ONCE. Came up with the equation that with twice the riders (glass is half full), or conversely half the bikes (glass is half empty), the carnage is about 10 fold (glass is smashed).

Thanks again, this helps.
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That's too bad about the carnage in the criterium you did. I've done several tandem crits and always noted that we kept a little extra space and safety margin compared to single bike crits. Never had a crash with tandems. But of course it depends on the experience of the riders.
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Big crash in the Comotion crit a few years back, three teams went down, worst road rash I have ever seen and lots of broken carbon. I was lucky to not run over the victims. But honestly, no more crashes than the single bike crits I have been in. Location of crash was weird, was on the straight away just about the time you hit top speed.
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Yeah, several inexperienced teams, sort of a "let's try it and see what happens" by organizers and participants. Heavy mist in the air (almost a rain). Front team clipped a corner (inside pedal down) and five of us just couldn't correct quick enough.

I would love to crit again (grew up on the track), but then I'm no longer the driver.

Plus, I just can't seem to be able to find many [any] tandem crits in the Rocky Mtn area.
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