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road side supporters

Discussion in 'Pro Cycling (Road and Track Racing)' started by yello, 26 May 2008.

  1. yello

    yello Guru

    Watching the giro yesterday on the tele, riders slogging up the inclines having encouragement shouted at them by road side supporters. Okay, that's fine by me... but those that run along side bellowing in the riders ear! Blimey, reckon I could do without that! I've seen it before in the TdF etc and always thought that it would put me off, but yesterday seemed to me above and beyond the normal. Is it just the Giro and the passionate Italians?
     
  2. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    Location:
    Brighton
    As you say it can be as bad in the TdF - remember that fan who knocked the bloke off his bike near the top of a mountain some years back. It would drive me mad if I were in that position - Sella actually pushed a couple of tifosi out of the way. I noticed that a fan behind a barrier put an arm out to stop a bloke running alongside Sella and took offence. It looked like the runner was going to start a fight with other bloke but sadly the camera followed the cycling!
     
  3. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    It always suprises me that there are not more accidents in those situations. I suppose it's enthusiam at seeing your favorite rider going past and trying to will him on but like most things in life some people over do the excitment bit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  4. yenrod

    yenrod Guest

    I couldnt do this type of encouragement - not far from me there is a REALLY steep hill and at the top is a pub (aint there always - which I wasnt going to BTW) and there was 3 people walking up the hill on my side, pavement narrow so at one pont I was right next to them, grinding my way up - next min. they burst into encouragement - why I dont know but I nearly lost concentration...I dont know how pro cyclists manage to ignore/put up' with it !
     
  5. girofan

    girofan New Member

    I would shout back, (if I had the breath), don't shout in my face! Push me if you want to support me. :thumbsup:
     
  6. mondobongo

    mondobongo Über Member

    Yes the Tifosi are super passionate, but you could see that they were really bothering Sella yesterday and the commissaire were really slow to respond to get him some space.
    I could not ride like that and as for when they pour water on a rider I would be getting off for a little chat with the pourer.
     
  7. doyler78

    doyler78 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Co Down, Ireland
    Just on the commissaire's well they don't always act in the best interests of the rider in fact they are not slow to penalise a rider if they feel that they getting to much help from the spectators ie a shove too many and that's probably more to do with Sella's annoyance - he was worried he was going to get a penalty probably more than getting knocked off his bike. They can be slow to act when the rider is at risk but god forbid they get a shove too many that they can't control very well from where they are ie trying to concentrate on riding.

    Today's time trial at least was barried on the upper slopes which was good to see as that road (dirt track) was narrow towards the top. Still pretty crazed fans on the lower slopes though. Madness - I don't know inspires that degree of passion. I can't imagine myself getting that excited by anybody. If I do shoot me!!
     
  8. Star

    Star New Member

    I always hold my breath when I watch one of those places where the fans are "encouraging" the riders at close range. Don't they realize they could be hurting their favorite rider more than helping him?