I’m working with a new moto pilot here at Emakumeen Bira. Greg has been working at bike races for eight years but this is his first time at a women’s event. I think he’s been impressed with the standard of racing. As we followed the final riders into the finish yesterday he was pointing at the speedo on the moto as we hovered around the 60kph mark. He’s less impressed with the road safety, or “sécurité” as he would say (he’s French). And with good reason… Yesterday there were many cars on the road, often travelling in the opposite direction of the time trial.
At our first few locations for photos, out in the countryside, there were a number of cars appearing on the course. We couldn’t work out where they were coming from, until we arrived at our third location: A road junction with no marshals in sight. In the 15 or so minutes we were at the junction we stopped cars and even a tractor coming onto the course. I’m not naïve enough to think that you can have a marshal on every driveway, but if you can’t protect the road junctions then design a course that you have the resources to secure.