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Race barrier break through repair?

Old 11-24-15, 08:49 AM
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Race barrier break through repair?

So I did my 2nd CX race this weekend. I am obviously a true amateur and still learning "the ropes." On my first lap I broke though the barrier tape (taking a turn too fast). Is it my responsibility to repair this or is this just something that happens occasionally and race on? In this instance I continued on (I was quite embarrassed). By the time I made it to that section on my next lap the break had been repaired by a spectator/course watcher. Thank you to who ever you are.

I want to do the right thing.
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Old 11-24-15, 09:25 AM
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Track personal usually take care of those things. It's the same if a cone gets knocked over..... but sometimes, an avid spectator will jump in and take care of it so no other racers are confused. Nothing worse than being up front in a race and not knowing where the course is.
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Old 11-24-15, 10:08 AM
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Course repair is one of the essential tasks that the race promoter needs to plan for. Racers are not expected to stop racing and repair the tape. The exception would be something like a local training race that doesn't record results, like Wednesday Night Superprestige here in Boston. If you break the tape, you stop and you fix it. But that's a group training session more than it is an actual race, and that's announced to everyone before each race. In a "real" race, there should be volunteers or other race staff assigned to fix broken tape.
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Thanks. That's what I assumed, but wanted to hear from some more racers with more experience than me. Which is pretty much everyone.
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Don't forget your race route repair kit.
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Originally Posted by curtiseddie View Post
So I did my 2nd CX race this weekend. I am obviously a true amateur and still learning "the ropes." On my first lap I broke though the barrier tape (taking a turn too fast). Is it my responsibility to repair this or is this just something that happens occasionally and race on? In this instance I continued on (I was quite embarrassed). By the time I made it to that section on my next lap the break had been repaired by a spectator/course watcher. Thank you to who ever you are.

I want to do the right thing.
You're racing. If you want to go back after the race and beg forgiveness that's fine, but your only reason to exist during the race is to hammer and win. The race staff and/or spectators will handle the fence repair during the race.

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Old 11-24-15, 01:51 PM
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Originally Posted by bbbean View Post
BB (who rode half a race this year with course tape wrapped around the cassette)
I actually rode quite a way before noticing I had tape wrapped around my non-drive crank. Then while looking down wondering what was going on and what to do ran through another barrier. So embarrassing! Not to mention I lost a total of 4 places, I probably would have kept, between these to screw ups. I need to work on controlling my nerves and distractions.
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Old 11-25-15, 09:43 AM
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Pay it forward by repairing busted tape whenever you encounter it while you're not racing.

Even better, volunteer to help build the course at your next local race.
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