Riding Every Day wrote:
Marx wrote:Maybe if you’re dressed up as Cadel (with that cardboard face mask ) in BMC red/black kit, you might be able to demand a spot up the front?
BV insist on a little charade of asking entrants to nominate their estimated ride speed. Which results in riders being issued an appropriately coloured bib to pin on, thereby allegedly identifying riders by speed. Seems simple enough.
What transpires on the morning of the ride is best described as the "Mad Womans Sh1t" method of organising a public event. You see fat hairy blokes in tracksuits on $100 hybrids right up the front mixing it with skinny climbers in Lycra. Nobody pays any attention to the colour bib they're wearing, least of all the ride organisers.
The coloured bibs are a brilliant kaleidoscope of technicolour disorganisation. Makes you wonder why they bother.
ATBIAD is a good day. The first 5klm of the ride (if you start at Alexandra Gardens) is a PITA.
I'm quite prepared for someone to disprove the following but I think you'll find that the only colour-coding is by route selection. The colour of the bib is not related to your nominated speed, simply whether you are going clockwise or anti-clockwise and with or without the ferry. Other distances get other colours too. This is more for catering and embarkation control than for controlling the starting grid. I think your nominated speed may be printed along with your other details and there are signs along Alexandra Pde setting out the speed grouping areas.
While it does make sense to start faster riders in front of slower riders that only remains helpful if the faster riders can get away quickly. I really don't understand why the whole of City Rd, westbound, can't be dedicated to the start between 0530 and 0730 on a Sunday morning and, additionally, have the traffic lights along there set to flashing with police (already in attendance) controlling a continuous flow of bikes instead of the stop/start and backlog imposed by red lights in a 10,000 rider mass start.