A Cycling & bikes forum. CycleBanter.com

Go Back   Home » CycleBanter.com forum » rec.bicycles » Rides
Site Map Home Register Authors List Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read Web Partners

Tour de France radio ban?



 
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old July 14th 09, 11:40 PM posted to rec.bicycles.rides
[email protected][_2_]
external usenet poster
 
Posts: 214
Default Tour de France radio ban?


I hear that the TdF is banning radios next year. What do you think of
this?

At first, I thought it was a terrible idea. However, cycling is a
technologically pure, and banning radios is a way to keep this
purity.

Of course you can use that logic to propose bans on certain bicycles,
food supplements, and lycra.

Cycling is evolving - thank God. Instead of fighting it, we should
just embrace it...

Cullen
Ads
  #3  
Old August 2nd 09, 05:53 PM posted to rec.bicycles.rides
Mike Jacoubowsky
external usenet poster
 
Posts: 2,972
Default Tour de France radio ban?

wrote in message
...
Jason Locklin wrote:

I hear that the TdF is banning radios next year. What do you think
of this?


At first, I thought it was a terrible idea. However, cycling is a
technologically pure, and banning radios is a way to keep this
purity.


Of course you can use that logic to propose bans on certain
bicycles, food supplements, and lycra.


Cycling is evolving - thank God. Instead of fighting it, we should
just embrace it...


Radio's lessen the need for support cars and motorcycles to follow
really closely. If anything, they should be placing more limits on
support vehicles to open up the road, rather than taking away the
rider's radios.


Who is racing anyway? Are those just puppets out there on the
bicycles operated by remote control from the manager in the team car?
Part of a bicycle racer's skill is keeping abreast of what is
occurring in the field and any break aways. All the commo has reduced
action and interest to viewers by reducing the complexity of the race
to essentially that of a race with few riders, all actions monitored
by motorcycles, helicopters, and cars. Even radio commo among team
members has this effect when they are not together.

Jobst Brandt


I'm not sure where people get that idea. Are chess moves more
interesting when you have a clock that requires rapid decisions without
being able to analyze the board more fully? Radio changes strategies,
but how does it make the race less interesting? The decisions of an
intelligent or stupid Director Sportif have become more relevant than
the decisions of the individual rider, but we're just substituting one
for another.

It's possible that radio might be responsible for breakaways always
being caught just in the nick of time, but even there I have my doubts,
given enormously-successful breakaways in the recent past, including the
one that put Periero into Yellow after Landis was thrown out.

What we have seen is less differentiation in ability, on a given day,
between the top GC riders. Do you really suspect radio is to blame here?
Or have we gotten to the point where training & equipment issues are
leveling out among top riders?

--Mike-- Chain Reaction Bicycles
www.ChainReactionBicycles.com


  #4  
Old July 6th 11, 01:09 PM posted to rec.bicycles.rides
Larry[_8_]
external usenet poster
 
Posts: 8
Default Tour de France radio ban?

On Tue, 14 Jul 2009 15:40:27 -0700 (PDT), "
wrote:


I hear that the TdF is banning radios next year. What do you think of
this?

At first, I thought it was a terrible idea. However, cycling is a
technologically pure, and banning radios is a way to keep this
purity.

Of course you can use that logic to propose bans on certain bicycles,
food supplements, and lycra.

Cycling is evolving - thank God. Instead of fighting it, we should
just embrace it...

Cullen


My wife and I were watching last night and we saw and heard what
sounded liked team car communication with a cyclist. The previous
night we saw a cyclist wearing an earpiece with a coiled wire coming
out of it. I doubt that this was for an iPod. What gives? Is there a
radio ban or isn't there?
Larry
--
Be polite when e-mailing me. Rudeness will get you nowhere.
 




Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
the Tour de France radio ban... [email protected][_2_] General 4 July 16th 09 12:53 AM
TDF:Tour tries radio silence hizark21 Racing 15 June 22nd 09 03:36 AM
bicycle travel on plane to France/Tour De France [email protected] General 11 June 3rd 09 07:56 PM
Tour de France = Tour de Fraud = Deaths and Suicides wilhelm Racing 5 August 7th 06 08:12 AM
Tour de Georgia - Race Radio? starganz Racing 8 May 5th 05 03:19 AM


All times are GMT +1. The time now is 04:57 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright 2004-2018 CycleBanter.com.
The comments are property of their posters.