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Can you explain a term I heard in the racing peloton please?

Old 04-29-07, 09:08 AM
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Can you explain a term I heard in the racing peloton please?

OK...I'm still new to this racing stuff. I learned a lot about pack riding and terminology in general right here at BF years ago when I was a newb.

This racing has it's own little group of terms too I guess. I heard some last weekend in that race I was in, but yesterday in the crit that I was watching I heard the pack saying several times as it whizzed past, "Rider up".

Why are they saying that and what's expected of those who hear it?

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Old 04-29-07, 09:20 AM
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typically this means that there is a slower rider ahead that needs to be avoided. in rr's this is usually someone who has fallen off of one of the upper cats. in crits, it is prolly a lapped rider or a failed breakaway that is getting swallowed fast.
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I've heard that term used when the peloton is coming up on a lapped rider to warn those who can't see that they'll need to move over.
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RIDER UP- theres a slow punk ahead... its to notify guys behind you that you are all gonna have to go around this ******
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Anyone off the back in a Cat3 or higher crit has the presence of mind, generally, to pull themselves.

"Rider up" or "up" generally means a guy is taking a flyer up the side.
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Those are two distinctly different things where I come from.
"Up up up!" is a relatively worthless phrase that means someone is attacking. If you're that concerned, go with him, or chase him down yourself.

"Rider up" is explained above as used in the moving pack. "Look out. This guy's getting shelled."
It's also used by people at the start/finish area (or other area where people are gathered) to denote that there's a rider coming, and you shouldn't cross the street.
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Those are two distinctly different things where I come from.
"Up up up!" is a relatively worthless phrase that means someone is attacking. If you're that concerned, go with him, or chase him down yourself.
Unless of course you're stuck in the middle of the pack. Then, you're doing the people in front a favor by giving them warning about an attack.
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They'll figure it out.
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They'll figure it out.

Not if they're lookin' at their solarium tanned legs and their pretty carbonfibre frames ......I kid you not!!!! Some idiot like that recently caused a fall in my bunch, wrecking his $4500 Bianchi frame and my new Specialized.
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