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Old 05-17-10, 08:02 AM
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Tacks on Race Course?

Has anyone ever heard of something like this? Apparently locals didnt want a race in their town, Leonardtown, MD, and decided it a good idea to throw "tacks" onto the course, which caused multiple crashes. See below. I hope the guilty can be identified, charged, arrested, and prosecuted. That is just friggin' nuts.

copied from mabra listserve - person who wrote this was not me, but another racer who was injured in a crash caused by this


To Those Interested,

Obviously, there was some serious sabotage going on throughout the day
at Leonardtown. I crashed hard at Poolesville but went out to L-town
because I loved the course as a Cat 4 and wanted to race it, stitches
and all. When I got to the race, 2 hours early, a rider told me that
flats were happening all day long because of tacks being thrown in the
road. The word was that tacks were being put out during the races
which explains the continuous onslaught of flats and crashes.

Here is a video of what happens when people do this. I think 6 of us went down in just this one.
http://vimeo.com/11792756

Racer pulled a tack out of his tire afterwards. There were multiple
injuries in this crash. I have a 10 inch slice in my leg that looks
like it was made with a knife.

A MABRA Moto Ref, made a good suggestion on
Facebook: "Those of you who hit the deck at Leonardtown should follow
up with St. Mary's Co Police. After the 1/2 race we had heard the
police were questioning 'persons of interest' for all the tacks on the
road."

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Old 05-17-10, 08:04 AM
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Happened here in a RR in Palatka Florida a couple of years ago.
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Old 05-17-10, 08:05 AM
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That is pure evil. I hope they catch the effer's. Hate to hear you got hurt. Heal fast.
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Old 05-17-10, 08:42 AM
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
Happened here in a RR in Palatka Florida a couple of years ago.
I was just going to bring that up.. But technically it was Satsuma, the place where Haleigh Cummings disappeared from.

I think one of the JRC guys broke his arm in the 45+ race because of that crap.
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On a non-race ride (Bloomin' Metric in CT) for many years someone put tacks down for about a mile of road.

Sorry to hear of the carnage. I hope that the police catch those responsible. It would be nice to see them hit with a few civil suits for medical etc.

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Yeah dude, when I heard about that it made me so freaking mad. I can't believe a bunch of a-holes would actually pull that kind of crap. They could have killed someone.
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happened at the etape caledonia last year.
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Yikes.
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If they catch the guy sue him for all you can and let it serve as a warning to anyone else that decides they want to try it next year.
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I think these guys were totally in the wrong and hope they are caught and punished.

But I have to wonder... for a criterium course, where were the road marshals/volunteers? There wasn't that much road to watch out for, and someone had to have seen something. Were the tacks always in the same spot? Did nobody sweep (literally) the course?
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When I lived in Texas, we had an "ecoterrorist" who didn't want people riding the mountain bike trails. He said it damaged the area for birds an other wildlife.

He would push logs across the trail. Drop broken glass and chunks of metal on the trail. And he would string up thin cables between trees to catch riders and rip them off their bikes.

Some riders eventually saw him sabotaging the trails and called the cops, who arrested him. I think he got community service and had to buy one guy a new bicycle.
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Happened at the Winters RR a few years ago.
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happened at Gila this year. Had to divert the course for the Pros but it took out a bunch of riders in the other categories. uncool.
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Originally Posted by Trek760 View Post
happened at Gila this year. Had to divert the course for the Pros but it took out a bunch of riders in the other categories. uncool.
Didn't hear a thing about that. When/where?
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Old 05-17-10, 06:51 PM
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San Lorenzo... Shortened the stage by about 2km.
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Originally Posted by topflightpro View Post
When I lived in Texas, we had an "ecoterrorist" who didn't want people riding the mountain bike trails. He said it damaged the area for birds an other wildlife.

He would push logs across the trail. Drop broken glass and chunks of metal on the trail. And he would string up thin cables between trees to catch riders and rip them off their bikes.

Some riders eventually saw him sabotaging the trails and called the cops, who arrested him. I think he got community service and had to buy one guy a new bicycle.
Something similar happened in California a couple of years ago. Only it was on a dirt bike trail. Rope strung up at riders neck level. Almost killed a guy but luckily it caught his helmet first. The three yokles responsible are serving time.
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Old 05-17-10, 10:32 PM
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Something similar happened in California a couple of years ago. Only it was on a dirt bike trail. Rope strung up at riders neck level. Almost killed a guy but luckily it caught his helmet first. The three yokles responsible are serving time.
there's a nut in the Berkeley hills (shocking) who has pulled similar ****. He likes to stop riders by standing in front of them and grabbing their brakes. Sometimes I guess he stabs tires, etc. good times
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I noticed the incident made the Post and a fairly major local blog:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/cri...fer-injur.html

http://dcist.com/2010/05/cyclists_su...at_local_r.php
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wow... just. wow.

unfreaking cool
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there's a nut in the Berkeley hills (shocking) who has pulled similar ****. He likes to stop riders by standing in front of them and grabbing their brakes. Sometimes I guess he stabs tires, etc. good times
Hmmm... I get a little testy when I'm on the bike sometimes, and I'm guessing I'm not the only one. That seems like a recipe for a severe beating.
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But I have to wonder... for a criterium course, where were the road marshals/volunteers? There wasn't that much road to watch out for, and someone had to have seen something. Were the tacks always in the same spot? Did nobody sweep (literally) the course?

There were road guards by each of the corners and tons of people on the start/finish stretch that went through the middle of the town. On the backside, there were very few people in general, although during my warm-up I almost ran into one of the road guards sweeping part of the course after the steep turn #1 (there was some gravel on the right side at the top of the little hill that he kept cleaning up).

As far as I know, the tacks weren't always in one spot. SuperDave and some Artemis juniors became victims of the tacks heading into the dangerous turn one during the earlier races. A Route1Velo woman picked one up somewhere in her tubular during her warmup. The men's 1/2/3 race was on turn #2.
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Originally Posted by Racer Ex View Post
Didn't hear a thing about that. When/where?
At the Gila this year: The tacks were thrown into a large puddle (small river crossing?) so that we couldn't see them. You crossed it going south on stage 2, just before the turn into the wind. Everybody was supposed to cross it going north on stage 5, but apparently our demise was your forewarning. I had 2 holes but only 1 tack in my rear, another teammate had 2 tacks in his front. The annoying part was that since 15 people got flats over the few miles after the crossing, I had to wait a few minutes before the wheel truck arrived. The ensuing chase back on sucked. The pack didn't realize what had happened, and they weren't waiting for us.

Agreed, people who do this really need to be beaten. I didn't need to race through your crappy town, and if you didn't want us there, you could have voiced your protest and the race could have been (and eventually was) easily re-routed to avoid it.
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holy crap... is Dave okay? He's a cool dude.
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Originally Posted by bdcheung View Post
I think these guys were totally in the wrong and hope they are caught and punished.

But I have to wonder... for a criterium course, where were the road marshals/volunteers? There wasn't that much road to watch out for, and someone had to have seen something. Were the tacks always in the same spot? Did nobody sweep (literally) the course?
The tacks I believe were all in the same corner. My two teammates flatted out (one of them broke a spoke when the wheel blew). I also got a slow puncture. I saw marshals out sweeping the course before the juniors race. At the time something definitely seemed fishy but I didn't put it together until I got home and saw all the discussions on the MABRA listserv.

It was a shame since it's such a fun/fast course. A juniors coach from Artemis posted that even a few of the juniors flatted out. For the DC area folks there will be features tonight on Fox 5 news and NBC 4.
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I punctured right before entering turn 1. Front tire. Wiped out. Who was it that got hit in the back during a crash last season? Sub? I was on the front end of a split in the field when I went down. I got up as soon as I could and curled into a ball (couldn't quite get to my feet). My back was to the course. All I could think was "OMG I'm going to get hit in the back!" But I didn't. Whew!

The road guard at the corner inspected the tire as I sat on the curb for a minute before hiking up to the EMTs. I didn't need an ambulance and didn't want them to close the course bringing me one since there were only 2 laps to go. The guard couldn't find anything. I haven't taken the tire off the rim yet to inspect more closely. I got the puncture somewhere on the hill leading into the turn (while going straight) but didn't have enough time to think more clearly before leaning into the turn than, "am I flat?" So, I know I at least didn't puncture due to a skid. I skidded because I heard rim against pavement. At that moment, I knew, yes, I did have a flat. The road guard was really intent on inspecting the tire, and I soon learned that people had been getting tacks in theirs.

I'm not too bad off but not feeling great.
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