New TT Regulations

Discussion in 'Time Trial, Long Distance and Endurance' started by Sharky, 21 Dec 2017.

  1. Sharky

    Sharky Veteran

    Location:
    Kent
    I see in the December newsletter the following:-
    Regulation 27(h) – the requirement that the starting order shall be arranged with the faster competitors spaced at not less than five minute intervals is no more. The regulation now reads: Only riders listed on the start sheet shall be allowed to compete. Save as otherwise provided, the Event Secretary shall have discretion to arrange the starting order as they wish bearing in mind the characteristics of their event and the need to avoid company riding as far as possible. It is not permissible to interpose in the starting order competitors in any other event except as provided for in the Regulation governing tandems.

    This would seem to allow a starting order of slowest first, with the fastest man last. This could well encourage loads of riders who would now have a chance of catching their minute man. In my case and the current regulations, it was extremely rare for me to catch anyone. It should liven up events.
     
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  2. Ian H

    Ian H Guru

    Avoiding 'company riding' would seem to trump any other considerations.
     
  3. DCLane

    DCLane Found in the Yorkshire hills ...

    Early starts for me then once I've recovered :huh:
     
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  4. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    I was always first out and last back....
     
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  5. OP
    OP
    Sharky

    Sharky Veteran

    Location:
    Kent
    This is probably true, but in reality, if riders were seeded slowest first throughout the field, a rider in front would only be a few seconds slower than the rider behind and it would take a really good effort for the rider behind to catch him. With the current system, the 10 & 5 markers are expected to go through the field catching riders and although overtakes will be quick, the will be many instances where there are riders two a breast for a short period.

    I know TT's will never be a spectator sport, but it would make it a bit more interesting if the fastest were at the back of the field, all being chased by the fastest rider on paper. At the moment the 2nd placed rider could easily have finished an hour earlier and gone home before the winner was declared.
     
  6. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    I'm not sure about that. If your minuteman is even just a few seconds slower than you it is a hell of a carrot to have dangling in front of you, particularly on the faster courses where you can see the rider in front on the long straight sections.
     
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  7. OP
    OP
    Sharky

    Sharky Veteran

    Location:
    Kent
    Yes, but every rider in the event would have a carrot. Just think how exciting it would be for the last 20 riders.
     
  8. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    First man off wouldn't be too happy.
     
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  9. frank9755

    frank9755 Cyclist

    Location:
    West London
    On one of our club events a few years ago with half a dozen riders, the starting order somehow ended up with most of the riders being set off in reverse order of rider strength. It led to four riders approaching the line together in a sprint finish.
     
  10. suzeworld

    suzeworld Über Member

    Location:
    helsby
    That'd be me, I don't care. Anyway when someone passes me I can try to chase them, for a bit. At our club event you go off in order of when you signed on. I hate the idea of being last and everyone gone home before I finish!
     
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