Yep, there's no doubt those rides are more dangerous than racing; I'm amazed there aren't more crashes.Chief Wiggum wrote:Still, plenty of pretty stupid cyclists on the Hell Ride. Running red lights is but one of the silly things they do. It's not uncommon to see riders bunny-hopping onto the footpath and riding up it at 40kph+ just to move up the bunch.
That said, most are only a danger to themselves and other riders in the bunch and not other members of the public. Doing this ride is far more dangerous than actually pinning on a number IMHO.
I love doing the Tuesday night ride, but what I don't get is why riders feel the need to "fight" (run red lights, fly up on to footpaths) to stay with such a massive group as The Hell Ride. Like, how many riders do ya need to be with to get the benefits of a race-like situation? 10? 20? 30? 5? Definitely not 80+.
I reckon they should split it in half, but I suppose hardly anyone would wanna be in the 2nd group, and I'm not exactly sure what differences it would make (I haven't thought it through ).
Yep, I still can't believe all the blatant red light-running by cyclists. I should add, however, that about once a month I see a car ploughing through a red light at a pedestrian crossing; where's the outrage on Neil Mitchell's show when that happens?!