Friday, July 30, 2010
ITU Bike Course Improvements
Yesterday after one of Paulos "leg growing" rides, Austin and I had a good talk about ITU WCS Cycling and the courses. We came to a few conclusions and possible recommendations that might help improve this section of the sport for fans, tv and the general viewing public:
- Current WCS courses are not challenging enough to seperate the men from the goats with exception to Madrid.
- Bike Handling skills not showcased
- Bike segments are becoming too predictable (lead group out of water tries to hold off chase mob to no avail by 2nd or 3rd lap).
- The growing packs (50-60 riders) in combination with frustrated riders are increasing the chances of crashes and dangerous behaviour.
- Courses not challenging enough to put fatigue even into weaker cyclist legs for run
- Hilly Courses
- Hilly courses may not be readily available in most large cities such as seoul, london etc. so in exchange courses need to be made MUCH MORE technical.
- By MUCH MORE we mean MUCH MUCH MORE. ie. make the loop 2k or less, so 20x2k loop with chicanes, 180's, 90's, cobbles, you name it. Essentially make it a criterium course, which WILL seperate the groups and eliminate a lot of the other associated issues.
- No segment of course may have a straight away greater than 250m in length
- Some might say 2k is too short for the lap-out rule.....you should not be racing WCS if the thought of being lapped even crosses your mind.
- More dynamic and engaging cycle portion of race
- Run times more accurately reflecting bike strength in athlete
- Athletes will be forced to become better bike handlers, resulting in fewer accidents/injuries.
- Perhaps the most entertaining endurance event on the planet
What do you think?