[CR]Safer than buying a paper

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From: "Ray Green" <greenjersey@talktalk.net>
To: <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2007 10:20:14 +0100
Subject: [CR]Safer than buying a paper

David White wrote<I don't think I would ever try a mass start event -- waaay too scary> There are all kinds of reasons not to ride bunch races but fear isn't one of them. I had no natural talent for riding in a bunch, slow reactions, never felt comfortable in the middle of a big peleton and not brave. I stopped riding Devils because I just couldn't squeeze through tight gaps. But I rode as best I could, loved it and even won quite a few races. I have had three friends killed in cycling accidents, none in races. Nothing could be more insane than the bunch sprints in the Tour but I don't believe a rider has ever died. Andre Darrigade hit a track side official who was killed but Darrigade was OK. In Vets racing self preservation is high up the agenda and given that you are seperated from traffic (usually) it is safer than riding around the streets to buy a paper. What's more so far as I know nobody has ever been mugged while riding in a bunch. Give it a go, you know it makes sense. Ray Green, Harrow, Middlesex