Are Time Trials Safe?

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Trev The Rev
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Are Time Trials Safe?

Postby Trev The Rev » Mon Oct 01, 2012 09:20 am

Trev The Rev was an online fictional character. His posts were intended to be amusing, satirical, or wind ups. Sorry so many of you did not find him funny.


Trev The Rev did not really want time trialling banned - it was a joke. A deliberate wind up. Sorry.

I wish good luck in the future to everyone on bikeradar forum and may you all set PBs and increase your functional threshold power next season.

Trev The Rev was killed earlier this morning when out testing a new TT bike & power meter on a dual carriageway. Whilst trying to consume a gel, his tri bars slipped and he swerved into the path of a fast overtaking HGV and was killed instantly despite his wearing an aero helmet.


I realise the timing of my retirement will lead to speculation given what is currently going on in the sport but I can walk away with my head held high knowing I have done nothing wrong.

Trev.
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Re: Are Time Trials Safe?

Postby danowat » Mon Oct 01, 2012 09:36 am

Having a pop at a forum you are banned from by proxy now?, low, very low :roll:

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Re: Are Time Trials Safe?

Postby amaferanga » Mon Oct 01, 2012 09:42 am

Am I the only one who is baffled as to why someone would join a forum to whinge about another forum they are banned from?

I've never 'known' a forum poster so desperate for attention as Trev The Rev.
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Re: Are Time Trials Safe?

Postby danowat » Mon Oct 01, 2012 09:47 am

amaferanga wrote:Am I the only one who is baffled as to why someone would join a forum to whinge about another forum they are banned from?

I've never 'known' a forum poster so desperate for attention as Trev The Rev.


Because he has an very, very large axe to grind with the time trial forum, and those that partake in time trials.

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Re: Are Time Trials Safe?

Postby TarmacExpert » Mon Oct 01, 2012 10:00 am

Trev, is there not a forum somewhere where you can get together with other miserable whiners and have a good moan about this, that and the other and have everyone agree with you about how awful all the things are that you're moaning about? Would seem to be a more appropriate place for your posts than coming to cycling forums to post anti-cycling sentiments.

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Re: Are Time Trials Safe?

Postby ju5t1n » Mon Oct 01, 2012 10:06 am

I think time trials can be dangerous. Particularly those that take place on dual carriageways very early in the morning. The last thing a Polish truck driver is expecting to see at 7am, on what in his country is considered a motorway, is a cyclist. And they’re particularly tricky to spot if you’re watching a DVD and drinking your fourth can of super lager.

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Re: Are Time Trials Safe?

Postby Trev The Rev » Mon Oct 01, 2012 10:08 am

TarmacExpert wrote:Trev, is there not a forum somewhere where you can get together with other miserable whiners and have a good moan about this, that and the other and have everyone agree with you about how awful all the things are that you're moaning about? Would seem to be a more appropriate place for your posts than coming to cycling forums to post anti-cycling sentiments.


Tarmac,

You are one of the few people on timetrialling forum I respect. Good luck in the future.

Cheers.

Trev.

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Re: Are Time Trials Safe?

Postby Pross » Mon Oct 01, 2012 12:16 pm

ju5t1n wrote:I think time trials can be dangerous. Particularly those that take place on dual carriageways very early in the morning. The last thing a Polish truck driver is expecting to see at 7am, on what in his country is considered a motorway, is a cyclist. And they’re particularly tricky to spot if you’re watching a DVD and drinking your fourth can of super lager.


:lol:

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Re: Are Time Trials Safe?

Postby SBezza » Mon Oct 01, 2012 15:19 pm

I think perhaps all road racing should be banned then, hell even a pro with no traffic to contend with has had an extended stay in hospital for crashing recently. What about all the people that partake in mass participation rides, I think they should be banned as well, as most of them seem to race for time standards, hell why we are at it what about Audax riders they battle against the clock as well and might partake in a few risks to get inside the cutoff time.

Next it will be commuters, because as we know alot of them like racing to work, and getting scalps, now where does it end hey, even training rides racing for Strava segments is dangerous no doubt.

Trev why don't you just concern yourself with your life and not worry about trying to force your opinions on other people, no matter how different to your views. If you think TTing is dangerous don't do it, like I think jumping out of a perfectly serviceable plane is stupid, hence I don't do it, but I don't go on parachute forums slagging them off.

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Re: Are Time Trials Safe?

Postby dave35 » Mon Oct 01, 2012 19:13 pm

As has been said on the TTF about the o.p
DON'T FEED THE TROLL!!!!
Get a life/grip Trev and go whinge somewhere else.....like a dark cupboard on your own-where you can debate about the safety of turning on the light or not....

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Re: Are Time Trials Safe?

Postby Ec0 » Tue Oct 02, 2012 08:47 am

I was starting to think people had been a little harsh on you in the other post you made on this board but that thought has kind of dissipated now after reading this. You are quite obviously posting to get a reaction rather than just being a bit naive as I first thought.

As with pretty much all things on the roads, your common sense is required and taking a risk is at the drivers/riders discretion and does not require more input from the health and safety brigade wielding a ban hammer.

And it used to be banned anyway and people still did it, at least the current way allows for organisations such as BC to supply insurances and legal cover, something which would not happen if it was a banned activity.

But while you're still here can you describe the attraction of constant trolling on internet forums? It seems to be everywhere but I don't really see what the attraction is.

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Re: Are Time Trials Safe?

Postby DavidJB » Tue Oct 02, 2012 09:56 am

Trev the troll.

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Re: Are Time Trials Safe?

Postby Team4Luke » Tue Oct 02, 2012 12:53 pm

Trev The Rev wrote:This was posted today on timetrialling forum.This is exactly why time trialling on open roads should be banned. Timetriallists are a danger to themselves & other road users.

Steps back to accept ban.



1. No, but I can't but think at some point authorities might try especially on what are perceived to be busy fast roads.
2. YES that is correct to quite a large degree that testers probably won't want to admit to. There is some appalling riding, I was marshalling recently and observed yet again reasons why riders are hit from behind.
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Re: Are Time Trials Safe?

Postby dave35 » Tue Oct 02, 2012 13:17 pm

Team4luke, although some riders do have trouble riding in a straight line,there is no excuse for a car to hit a cyclist from behind

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Re: Are Time Trials Safe?

Postby Trev The Rev » Tue Oct 02, 2012 13:35 pm

Team4Luke wrote:
Trev The Rev wrote:This was posted today on timetrialling forum.This is exactly why time trialling on open roads should be banned. Timetriallists are a danger to themselves & other road users.

Steps back to accept ban.



1. No, but I can't but think at some point authorities might try especially on what are perceived to be busy fast roads.
2. YES that is correct to quite a large degree that testers probably won't want to admit to. There is some appalling riding, I was marshalling recently and observed yet again reasons why riders are hit from behind.



I have done time trials on the A50 and was touched on the shoulder by an HGV which moved back in long before it had passed me, pushing me onto the hard shoulder. I have marshaled on that course and seeing how fast traffic travels and how fast cars are overtaking other cars and lorries which are overtaking cyclists, it amazes me there are not more tragedies. I often pass events on the A50 and the cyclists are all over the road, particularly near the start and finish. They take daft risks on the roundabouts and many drift out into the lane unexpectedly. Others overtake slower riders without checking to see if there is any fast approaching traffic from behind.



I did my best to get my local club to stop holding events on the A50. Despite some support, at least for me to be allowed to express my opinion, nasty argument and the resignation of the time trial secretary and a race organiser due to lack of support from club members, the Committee decided to continue to hold events on the A50 and I was blamed for the resignations. This was before the death of Carl Austin in a time trial on the A50. Events are still held on the A50.

Time triallists are racing, they take risks, they become fatigued and their judgement is impaired. They are a danger to themselves and other road users.

My opinion is that the time has come for time trials to be moved to closed circuits or closed roads.

I am a cyclist, I have not done a time trial for a few years now but probably will do some in the future on a closed circuit. I commute every day and still do a training loop on the way home a few times a week.

As a cyclist I am entitled to express my views on cycling forums. I resent being called a troll and will not be bullied off this forum.

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Re: Are Time Trials Safe?

Postby dave35 » Tue Oct 02, 2012 13:42 pm

Trev, you won't get bullied off here...might get kicked off though.
I respect your opinion,but it's not the same opinion as others-and no amount of stamping and screaming is going to change peoples thoughts about time trialling.

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Re: Are Time Trials Safe?

Postby amaferanga » Tue Oct 02, 2012 14:06 pm

The mistake you're making Rev is in thinking that just because you're 'shouting' the loudest then people must take notice of you. You've joined this forum with a clear agenda and instantly p!ssed people off.

I for one don't take internet forums too seriously so when someone comes along with your kind of attitude I just hope they get bored quickly and go bang their drum elsewhere. No-one ever changed anything through an internet cycling forum.
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Re: Are Time Trials Safe?

Postby danowat » Tue Oct 02, 2012 14:09 pm

amaferanga wrote: I for one don't take internet forums too seriously so when someone comes along with your kind of attitude I just hope they get bored quickly and go bang their drum elsewhere.


Wouldn't hold you breath on that one, Mr Trev has form, a lot of form............

His opinion is the only one that count's, and he starts screaming bully if you don't agree......

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Re: Are Time Trials Safe?

Postby Pross » Tue Oct 02, 2012 15:44 pm

Out of interest does anyone know how many people compete in time trials each year and how many fatalities / live changing injuries (or even collisions with other road users) occur? There must be thousands of rides each week in open events alone without adding in club events. It seems to me it's just a perception that time trials are dangerous because they have traditionally been held on fast dual carriageway courses. There may be some courses that should be banned (those with slip roads joining along the route are a concern IMHO) but in many cases riding on dual carriageways provides cyclists with more space than riding on narrow country roads and I don't feel they are inherently unsafe. The turns are really the most vulnerable part and some riders do take unnecessary risks there rather than lose a few seconds.

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Re: Are Time Trials Safe?

Postby danowat » Tue Oct 02, 2012 18:06 pm

88 cycling fatalities so far this year http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/public/cy ... 313260.ece

I'm not sure (please correct if wrong), but I think only 1 was related to time trialling.


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