The stage finish from just a few minutes ago in the Tirreno-Adriatico was on a 16 km climb. The announcers from Eurosport said the temperatures were -1C. And it was misting on the climb, then turning to snow the last few kilometers.
I guess they needed to cancel the stage? At least according to this “huge” problem that the sport seems to be having concerning weather and cycling. Our, by our I mean here in the US, new riders group, ANAPRC would like that to be the case. They suggest a +3C, plus snow, as a “plan B” switch. Wonder what that would have been today.
Don’t worry, we have recently retired rider David Millar on point to figure this whole issue out for the riders.
My feelings, bike racing involves weather. The sport is an outside sport. Sure, it the organizers can avoid a complete tragedy by altering the course before the races, when the weather is extreme, they should. But, they already do that. Every once in while, it is just bad. Bad luck, probably a little bad planning, etc. In those instances, the riders themselves, or their team managers, can decide whether they should take the risks or just stop. Some will, some won’t. That is how sport works in extreme conditions.
Fabian doesn’t like it again. He isn’t too big on heat, or snow now. Wonder what he’s going to say if it’s raining for Roubaix? Maybe someone else will carry the torch then. Danger is danger in my book.
I don’t understand how having specific rules in place can address each and every weather situation. More rules, less sport, that’s the way I see it.