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Yellow line rule - A rule for the Weak

Old 04-24-08, 09:42 AM
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Yellow line rule - A rule for the Weak

from my new favorite blog,
Yellow line rule - A rule for the Weak

Talk about BS. The yellow line rule is more gay than Richard Simmons with a rainbow tattoo on his lower back at a pride march in San Francisco.

They claim it's for the safety of the racers. What a load of crap (cycling term for something being a lie). I'll tell you what it is...it's a rule made up by the guys who can only produce 4 watts of power, but have great bike handling skills. You've seen them, they bob and weave through the pack effortlessly, not because they are strong riders, but because they are like magic little lepricauns.

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Tell that to the guy who got struck head-on in a road race. Oh wait! You can't tell him, because he's DEAD.
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In Jacksonville, we had an NRC level race. This year the race was cancelled because the local Sherrif's office will no longer support the race because of violations of the yellow line rule.

https://floridacycling.com/

The Yellow line rule is a necessary evil, if we're going to have road races on open courses.
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Racers are smart enough to move over if there is traffic coming, so the safety excuse is out the window.


Oh really?
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This year, Illinois isn't having a road state championship in Peoria because of a fatal incident last year. A girl got bumped from within the pack, past the yellow line, and into an oncoming truck. There was a crest so the truck failed to slow down or move to the side. The girl, Beth K, was on my old team. I didn't know her but I knew the people who sat by her as she died.

I know it was a freak accident but I stay way away from the yellow line these days. I take my chances with the curb.

Back to the topic though, article's an okay attempt at humor.
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We had a rider cross the yellow line and collide head on with a car in Oregon this spring. He came out OK. The car driver was certainly freaked out and her car was kind of trashed (along with the riders bike). I'm all for the yellow line rule.

I don't really get this blog. The author is trying to be funny, but just comes off as whiney. Does he even race bikes?
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Originally Posted by botto View Post
from my new favorite blog,
Thanks for the heads up on this one b.

The attitude of Ryanf without the assault and battery upon english composition.

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The yellow line rule should be thrown out along with requiring a helmet while racing.
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Good LOL from another one of his blog postings...


To become a Cat 3 - hereafter referred to as 'the Ultimate Cat' - you must earn points from the races you compete in. You must have 20 points in a 12 month span in order to accomplish this. The only point value I know is for first place, because that was where you could always find me.
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The yellow line rule should be thrown out along with requiring a helmet while racing.
I agree. The resulting fatalities will improve my chances of a podium finish.
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Originally Posted by steaktaco View Post
This year, Illinois isn't having a road state championship in Peoria because of a fatal incident last year. A girl got bumped from within the pack, past the yellow line, and into an oncoming truck. There was a crest so the truck failed to slow down or move to the side. The girl, Beth K, was on my old team. I didn't know her but I knew the people who sat by her as she died.

I know it was a freak accident but I stay way away from the yellow line these days. I take my chances with the curb.

Back to the topic though, article's an okay attempt at humor.
I remember that; I had a race the same day. The rest of the summer the yellow line rule was strictly enforced.
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Originally Posted by botto View Post
from my new favorite blog,
Yellow line rule - A rule for the Weak

Talk about BS. The yellow line rule is more gay than Richard Simmons with a rainbow tattoo on his lower back at a pride march in San Francisco.

They claim it's for the safety of the racers. What a load of crap (cycling term for something being a lie). I'll tell you what it is...it's a rule made up by the guys who can only produce 4 watts of power, but have great bike handling skills. You've seen them, they bob and weave through the pack effortlessly, not because they are strong riders, but because they are like magic little lepricauns.

continued here...

yep...been there and done that. Those weaker guys pinballing all over the place and if you don't break out early then you are stuck in the back while the last 5 miles is more like a freaking family fun ride. I'd rather just burn out and die now than get caught in one of those packs slowing down to 15 mph until the line.
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I don't race so my perspective and understanding may be off, but it seems a good rule.

Not because it is currently a problem (even if in violation of race rule) when crossing the line is used in specific cases to pass the slower when it is clear.

The problem I can see happening is that without the rule it will become the norm and a competitive advantage and instead of the rare solo or few single file riders crossing the line, packs will and will do so in group think (following the leader) instead of solo. This results in the followers not caring if there is opposing traffic, after all the mass will 'force' opposing traffic to stop/pull over.

Additionally how will this work on left turning curves? The temptation to cut the inside would be too great without a rule.

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Why does he hate gays?
Why does he hate yellow lines?
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Additionally how will this work on left turning curves? The temptation to cut the inside would be too great without a rule.
It always goes to **** at the corners anyway.
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Nice parody. Maybe this is the same guy who did the Jan Ullrich blog?
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it gets even better.
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This guy must be serious. You couldn't make this up if you tried:

I never hide during a race. In fact, I'm the guy who counter-attacks his own attacks (explanation on how to do this successfully to follow in a later post).

I guess this means I'm not ********, and I'm also not a troll.

Well, I'm off to replace my regular metal cleat screws with titanium. Should save me some weight, thus making me even more of a phenom than I already am.
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Forgive my ignorance, but the people here mentioning riders going over the yellow line and getting hit by oncoming traffic, these races are on open public roads with motorists driving around? Are they aware they are driving through a race?

The few races I have seen by me have all been in closed off loops in parks or somewhere else closed course never open to traffic.
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He's a noob. That's the only explanation. If he doesn't have the skills to move up through the middle of the pack, he should just stick to time trials.

Actually, it sounds too forced to be real. He's probably a fairly good Cat3 sprinter who has all of 4 watts threshold in his legs, moves up through the pack well, but got beat by someone who violated the yellow line rule and didn't get caught.
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Originally Posted by Jynx View Post
Forgive my ignorance, but the people here mentioning riders going over the yellow line and getting hit by oncoming traffic, these races are on open public roads with motorists driving around? Are they aware they are driving through a race?

The few races I have seen by me have all been in closed off loops in parks or somewhere else closed course never open to traffic.
Road races, as opposed to crits, are usually run on an open road, with a lead and follow car. Traffic can come the other direction any time. Hence the yellow line rule, which is widely ignored.
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Such a seasoned bike racer would have no problem moving up a pack.
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Originally Posted by Jynx View Post
Forgive my ignorance, but the people here mentioning riders going over the yellow line and getting hit by oncoming traffic, these races are on open public roads with motorists driving around? Are they aware they are driving through a race?

The few races I have seen by me have all been in closed off loops in parks or somewhere else closed course never open to traffic.
Vast majority of road races (as oppossed to crits and circuit races) below the Professional level are done on open roads. Often a portion around the start/finish is closed,a nd you can use both lanes, but the rest fo the course is open.
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