OK, the final steps of cleaning up the traffic jam that pro cycling has become:
Step 3: VIP cars
- This one I really don’t get. There are few things more boring in life than sitting in a car during a bike race. You see nothing other than a car in front of you and a car behind you, unless you’re the dude sticking his head out of the sunroof of the car with #1 on it.
- Instead, let these VIPs ride a part of the course a few hours before the race, give them a nice shower and BBQ and then let them watch the pros do the same stretch at 3X the speed. I guarantee you they’ll be much more impressed.
- So, out with the VIP cars.
Step 4: Police vehicles
- I’ll admit I have no ideas what they do, so maybe I am missing something (that does happen), but there are dozens and dozens of police cars and motorcycles coming by before you ever see the first rider. Are they performing any task, or just having a good time? For sure some need to ensure the roads are clear but the sheer number seems excessive. It would be great if somebody with a bit more understanding of this could explain their function.
That’s all I have for now. I know I haven’t mentioned the publicity caravan, which although it doesn’t disrupt the race itself is certainly an annoying sideshow. But incredibly, the caravan is the #2 reason people come to watch the Tour, ahead of things like “seeing my favorite rider”, so it obviously has a place in this sport. Maybe we can at least clean up the vehicles participating in this madness.
Let me know what you think in the comments section.