PiledHigher wrote:So can you argue that a recumbant is a standard bicycle?
And tricycles seem to be excluded.
They do mention recumbents in the starting instructions; as usual, for so called safety reasons
, they want recumbents and hand cycles to start at the rear at the official start.
Every year we ask what these safety reasons are. Every year they say... "We'll talk to you about it and reevaluate for next year." They never talk and they never reevaluate.
The impression I get is that someone in BV is convinced that all recumbents are hard to see and slow. Low sometimes, but not all slow. IMHO, it's more dangerous for the slower upright riders at the start of the ATB who get passed at knee height by a low, fast recumbent. Certainly on my occasional Beach Rd rides, I get enough "WTF?!!'s" and "Jeezus!!" exclamations as I pass upright riders. And these are experienced riders.
I enjoy the atmosphere of the ATB ride, but I'm not willing to do the official start in the dangerous way BV requires, so it will be yet another freeloader year for me.