Wednesday, April 19 2017 @ 08:26 AM
Contributed by: Lorne Falkenstein
With the racing season now under way, here are some reminders for racers and spectators concerning racing and parking.
Please do not park on the course at Scotland Road, in the Hanwah lot at Innovation, or in the Paton Bros. lot at Sovereign. Hanwah and Paton Bros. do not want our vehicles on their property. On Scotland there is limited visibility for traffic cresting the hill and often a pack by the finish line, which makes it undesirable to have a line of parked vehicles making a wall along the opposite side of the course. The vehicles also draw more attention to our operation than we would like. Only the lap counter should be parked anywhere in the vicinity of the finish line. On Scotland there is parking available on the shoulders of Scotland east of White Oak.
Joe and I have received complaints about yellow line violations at the race on Tuesday, April 18. There were strong cross winds on all parts of the course and on more than one occasion a rider attacked over the yellow line to get to the front of the group. Guttering the field in a side wind is a legitimate race tactic. If those who are guttering the field see others sneak around them on the left, they will gutter the field against the left gutter rather than the yellow line, stringing the pack out along the wrong side of the road. There will always be a left side of the road, whether it is the yellow line or the left gutter. Better that it be the yellow line than the left gutter. Let's all abide by that understanding. Crossing the yellow line is dangerous, and it is a form of cheating.