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Old 06-08-11, 03:44 PM
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Who's riding in the Firecracker this year?

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I'll probably be doing communications again this year, and I'm thinking I might borrow a bike-portable radio setup and ride drag for the 26-mile route.

I wonder how much gas actually gets burned for these races, considering that the SAG vehicles are all 3/4 ton or larger trucks, and the REACT guys that usually ride drag are on big touring motorcycles. Seems to me that some subcompacts with good racks would be a much better SAG choice, and 125cc or even smaller bikes for drag riders.
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Old 06-09-11, 02:57 PM
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Originally Posted by KD5NRH View Post
...I wonder how much gas actually gets burned for these races..
uh, not to mention the hundreds of cars driving in from DFW/Austin/ San Antonio etc...
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Old 06-09-11, 11:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Creakyknees View Post
uh, not to mention the hundreds of cars driving in from DFW/Austin/ San Antonio etc...
Those are a little harder to avoid, though; it's the unnecessary waste of using very poor efficiency vehicles for race support that should be easy to fix if the organizers put more thought into who they're asking to do these jobs. It seems like they grab the guys with big trucks and huge Harleys first and never even check with the ones that have S-10s or 125-250cc motorcycles.
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Have you brought this suggestion to the ride organizers? Seems to me that if they used smaller trucks or cars for sag, and only being able to carry one or two cyclist and bikes back to the start, they would end up making two or three time the trips around the courses, using that much more fuel. Just my opinion.
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Have you brought this suggestion to the ride organizers? Seems to me that if they used smaller trucks or cars for sag, and only being able to carry one or two cyclist and bikes back to the start, they would end up making two or three time the trips around the courses, using that much more fuel. Just my opinion.
On a pickup, SAG heads straight back to the start/finish anyway. Unless there's another pickup to be made on the way, they make the whole run for one or two bikes.

IIRC, insurance won't let them carry riders in the bed, and they already run with a driver and radio/phone guy, so they can only pick up two, maybe three in an extended cab truck anyway.

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IIRC, insurance won't let them carry riders in the bed, and they already run with a driver and radio/phone guy, so they can only pick up two, maybe three in an extended cab truck anyway.[/QUOTE]

Seems to me that you have answered your own question.
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Originally Posted by slowpace View Post
IIRC, insurance won't let them carry riders in the bed, and they already run with a driver and radio/phone guy, so they can only pick up two, maybe three in an extended cab truck anyway.


Seems to me that you have answered your own question.
A Prius with a 3 bike trunk rack can carry three riders and their bikes.

Did anybody ride it? I spent the entire race at the start/finish communications trailer, and there was an incident early in the race that I'd like to get a firsthand account of.

Seems some ****er drove around the city cop that was blocking one side of an intersection, cut off the second or third pack of riders, causing a few falls and broken bikes but no serious injuries, disregarded an order to stop from the cop, took off when the constable following the pack lit him up, and later got caught by the sheriff's department. (Both LE had the plate number and good descriptions of the vehicle and driver, and he was going away from the race route so the constable terminated the pursuit pretty quickly.) The deputy who gave me that info said the last thing he heard was that the original city cop was on his way out there to handle it in person.

The deputy was guessing at charges, but probably: failure to yield - accident offense, (nobody hit him, but it was witnessed by a city cop and a constable, so he'll have a hard time talking his way out of that one) leaving the scene, disregarding a lawful order, evading arrest, and maybe reckless driving just to be sure. The SAG driver who picked up the bikes guessed his insurance would be out a few thousand far at least two bikes that went down hard.
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