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What is the safest cycling race discipline?

Old 04-26-20, 01:20 PM
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Originally Posted by caloso View Post
Except that you’re not racing down. Every hill climb I know of is timed to the top, and it’s neutral on the way down. Mt Diablo would pace you down in groups, when I did it, at least.
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Mt. Washington requires the bike to go down on a car or truck. No downhill riding at all.
Absolutely disgusting. I could never EVER climb 1 foot up a hill if I knew I wouldn’t be allowed to rail the descent.
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Old 04-26-20, 01:44 PM
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Originally Posted by smashndash View Post
Absolutely disgusting. I could never EVER climb 1 foot up a hill if I knew I wouldn’t be allowed to rail the descent.

Careful of those one foot descents, though, some of them are tricky.

Mt. Washington is actually a steeper climb than anything on the TdF.
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Old 04-27-20, 04:56 AM
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Having done road races, time trials, and hill climbs in the past I can concur that hill climbs are the safest form of racing.

The two worst cycling accidents I've had happened on normal Sunday rides, one with the club, and one with my daughter.
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Old 04-27-20, 12:31 PM
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Originally Posted by downtube42 View Post
Individual pursuit is probably pretty safe.
But damn it hurts. The only time I road pursuit I got 2nd in the state championships (1st time I had ever ridden the track) but I was coughing up blood for a few minutes afterwards.
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Old 04-27-20, 03:17 PM
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Crits are probably the most dangerous. Road races, especially ones that have a bunch of climbing temd to be pretty safe. Time trials should be safe but people wreck in those all the time, mostly due to pushing it. Hill climbs are great.

Triathlon is safe if you're know how to swim. I have seen people eat it hard there, a tri bike down a steep hill can be unruly.

Have you considered chess?
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Old 04-27-20, 03:54 PM
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Racing on one of them peloton bikes in your living room is bout the safest I imagine
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Old 04-28-20, 06:08 AM
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Originally Posted by caloso View Post
Except that you’re not racing down. Every hill climb I know of is timed to the top, and it’s neutral on the way down. Mt Diablo would pace you down in groups, when I did it, at least.
I have been in some races with mountain top finishes, but there were usually several climbs and descents before the finish. I am not masochistic enough to think hill climbs are fun, and to compete in a race which is entirely uphill, and I have ridden the alto d L'Angliru. That was a hell of a climb for a sprinter like myself.
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Old 04-28-20, 07:25 AM
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I don’t think anyone says that they’re fun. The question was whether they are safe.
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Old 04-28-20, 09:19 AM
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To me, road/crit can be pretty bad. I went to the hospital for a sprint crash at the end of a race this year.

I crash almost EVERY cyclocross ride. A little washout or something. It's slower and usually not life altering stuff. I feel cyclocross is THE 'road' bike thing to do if you want to race bikes that way. I feel it's pretty safe.

Time trial? Yeah, most here are still open road so not any safer than a solo training ride is. Also, downhill on the TT bike I'll hit 40's mph. There's no way to say that is safe in anyway IMHO. Despite the improvement from not being in a rabid bunch of Cat 5 roadies.

So, my ultimate vote is for slower/muddier cyclocross races. I think the fastest avg speed for a 30min race was like 14mph. That was good for almost a top 10 despite a little slide out mid-race I had and almost vomiting mid-race. The single-speed division is really more "fun" and super friendly and friendly on the wallet bike wise.

So, my #1 would be single-speed cyclocross racing.
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