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Radios- Good or Bad for Racing?

Old 06-21-05, 01:39 PM
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Radios are illegal in the small races I do, and I think this is mostly to protect the little guys who can't afford radios or have no team leader with which to talk on a radio. Obviously a radio can be a big advantage- you can know who broke away, how far ahead they are, etc. and knowing these things can help you make the most effective strategy for the situation.

But I was thinking about it and I thought it would be interesting to see a pro race where radios were outlawed. It seems like the riders just take orders from the radio and execute attacks accordingly, but how would these guys react if it were up to their own decisions? In the end the race would be decided by the riders themselves, not some guy in a car.

How often do you think riders disagree with what their team leaders are telling them over the radio? These guys are competitors, so I have a feeling the heat of the moment would lead some of them to attacking at the wrong time or chasing down someone they shouldn't be chasing. I think it's more interesting when guys make mistakes and you can second guess strategies at the end. Then again, maybe these guys are more disciplined than I give them credit for and usually know when it's best to push and when it's best to conserve energy.

How often do guys actually do the opposite of what the radio tells them? Have you ever seen a race where a guy says, "The guys in the car told me to stay back, but I felt like it was the right time to attack so I went for it"? Or would something like that get a guy kicked off the team?
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Old 06-21-05, 02:21 PM
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There was a similar thread a couple weeks back.
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Old 06-21-05, 02:22 PM
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You know it used to be like that, there was great racing action too.

Now all the DS have Tv's in the cars, watching the live feed from the helicopters, as soon as someone attacks, or is in trouble they all see it and send orders immediatley. The racers are becoming more and more just order takers.

Banning radios in amateur ranks is probably due to saftey reasons. I can see it now, all these sketchy cat 4 and 5's trying to key the mike with one hand, and slamming on the brakes to take a 26mph corner at 17 with the other hand.

What the heck are they going to talk about anyways, most are completely on the rivet the whole time, any attempts to move up quickly or organize will probably cause a crash. Same reason they don't allow bottle of food handups. You would be putting peoples health and safety at risk just so you can look like a pro from the neck up.
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Bingo. Safety.

If you could see what's happening in the race caravan, you'd be all for radios.

And remember, the young riders who are racing today don't know a world without radios. You can speculate, but there's no going back.

I'd rather see them outlaw the TVs. Tell me the DS is driving safely while watching the tube. Can't be.
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Old 06-21-05, 08:45 PM
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Old topic.

But I still think they detract from old skool-style racing.
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Good for (pro) racers, bad for the viewing public
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