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10-08-2016, 06:14 PM   #29611
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That was bad news, bad news, bad news, good news Mark.

10-08-2016, 06:16 PM   #29612
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Yeah, close call Rob. I think I might skip Tuesday afternoon's race. Left hand is not working too well at the moment.
10-08-2016, 06:42 PM   #29613
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Other than that, Mark, how was the ride?
Seriously, I'm glad you're okay.
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More importantly, I'm happy to report my bicycle is fine!
I was beginning to wonder.

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Well. I'm OK. Big bicycle crash on our group ride Sat morning. The lady who caused it all has some scratches and bruises. The guy that was directly behind her became airborne and when he hit terra firma he broke a collarbone and three ribs, one of which stabbed him in the lung. So, he's in hospital. The lady behind him broke a bone in her hand and the bloke behind her (that would be me folks) crashed into the mess already on the road and landed on top of something soft and squishy, with result that I only hurt my hands. Close call.
And people say stock car racing is dangerous.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Parallax Quote
Other than that, Mark, how was the ride?
Seriously, I'm glad you're okay.
LOL. Other than that, the ride was very enjoyable.
10-08-2016, 07:28 PM   #29617
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QuoteOriginally posted by Racer X 69 Quote
I was beginning to wonder.
See, I know people would be worried! (about the bike)
10-08-2016, 07:29 PM   #29618
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And people say stock car racing is dangerous.
True! What's all those bits flapping around on the yellow car? Looks almost like airplane flaps!

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True! What's all those bits flapping around on the yellow car? Looks almost like airplane flaps!
Roof flaps.

All the cars have them. Keeps them from getting airborne when they spin.

A few years ago they also added cowl flaps at the base of the windshield.

Although they may not look it, the car bodies are very aerodynamic. Every effort is made to manage the airflow over the car at speed, to maximize grip with as little drag as possible. Also some air is directed for engine cooling, oil and gear lube cooling, and brake cooling. The openings are engineered for each track for the maximum amount of benefit for the least amount of drag.

When in a spin, as the car rotates, instead of creating downforce, the wind passing over the car lifts the flap(s). This keeps the cars (mostly) on the pavement. Without the flaps instead of the airflow pushing the car down, it tends to lift it.

The cars still flip and roll sometimes when another car scoops one up. Or other times they go up into the catch fence, and begin a violent pirouette, wrapping up several hundred feet of fence. The hood (bonnet) and deck lid (boot) are on tethers, as are suspension bits, to help reduce the likelihood of parts flying into the crowd.
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Brilliant! I did not know that. These things have become quite advanced. It's clearly not 1957 anymore!
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More importantly, I'm happy to report my bicycle is fine!
So, after all that, the order of ride next time will put that lady at the back so she can have crashes all by herself?
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So, after all that, the order of ride next time will put that lady at the back so she can have crashes all by herself?
LOL. I wish it was that simple. The peleton rotates so as to give everyone a chance to be in the front and give everyone the chance to draft.

It works like this:
>>>>I, H, G, F, E, D, C, B, A>>>>
>>>>J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R>>>>

Then...after a few km...
>>>>H, G, F, E, D, C, B, A, R>>>>
>>>>I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q>>>>

Then...after a few km...
>>>>G, F, E, D, C, B, A, R, Q>>>>
>>>>H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P,>>>>

Then...after a few km...
>>>>F, E, D, C, B, A, R, Q, P>>>>
>>>>G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O,>>>>

And so forth, with the whole peleton making a slow anti-clockwise rotation. Stronger people tend to stay front longer, while weaker ones rotate through quickly. Some clubs rotate differently to this, depending on wind direction, while others have both people at the front fall back on either side, but we don't like that method as it means you then have 4 cyclists side by side during that maneuver, which we think is bloody dangerous on narrow roads.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Racer X 69 Quote
And people say stock car racing is dangerous.
Walking through a small house with three rambunctious dogs can have a similar effect.
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Not looking like 30K by the tenth.
Feeling the thrill of victory (didn't buy a kay three) and the agony of defeat.

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