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Old 01-17-06, 08:29 PM
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I wonder if it was just something slick on the road or bad technique? It looks like it just happened for no reason.
Scroll to 17:00.
http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...32000264970539
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Old 01-17-06, 09:22 PM
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Hard to tell. Down in front, eh?

Looks like she had a bit of a steering problem.

go to 17:13.

Just before they entered the astroturf, watch the outside rider's rear wheel hop. She recovers. If that green stuff is really grippy, having the rear tire hop like that could throw you off in a high-side as you lose traction, get sideways, and then suddenly get your traction back...

Just my guess...
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Old 01-17-06, 10:13 PM
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Looks to me like she just slipped out on that green fake carpet when she tried to accelerate in the turn. Pretty good race, I watched it all
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Old 01-18-06, 05:03 AM
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I think it's just the woes of riding fast on cobbles...after all, there are cobblestones under that.
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Looks like the 2nd place rider tried to stuff the 1st place rider through the turn, the front end washed out on the 2nd place bike and slid into the rear wheel of the first place bike.

This is most evident in the second replay.

Just my 2 cents.
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Old 01-18-06, 08:15 AM
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Originally Posted by catatonic
I think it's just the woes of riding fast on cobbles...after all, there are cobblestones under that.
Looked like smooth under it in the shot where they're getting the stretcher
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ah, I was just going by the commentary...i recall one of them mentioning that she could have broken something, since there were cobbles under that mat.
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Why, at the end of a prime, do they send the racers down a narrow chute like that?

Have the course designers never raced?
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Old 01-19-06, 02:42 PM
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Yeah, race organizers can be idiots. Granted it does take a lot of time to set up a race, but you should at least send through a couple people at speed to test it. One of my friends died in a crit because the course was laid out with a downhill sprint to the finish. Problem is halfway down the hill, the road narrows from two into one lane as they're hitting 45mph. Would've been better to run that course in the opposite direction.
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