- In the know
- August 09, 2011 - 18:43
Steve got off the bike after one lap and did not finish because of the safety risk he felt was present on the bike course. Being there that day and talking to many other racers, this was a concern felt by others as the strong tail wind, and cross wind was blowing cyclists near or sometimes into the driving lane near on coming traffic. The wind and heavy rain combined with the vehicles flying by at 100+km/hr didn't provide a safe course. The fact is, Steve was well out into the lead on the bike when he decided to drop out, and did so solely out of a concern for his safety and not out of the worry of being beaten. Also, because so many participated and finished doesn't give any credit to the conditions being safe as it's easy to get caught up with the race, the training put in, the travel to the venue, and the registration cost. Also, the appreciated time and effort that is put in by the organizers to put off such an event doesn't go unrecognized, but pride shouldn't get in the way of making the hard call of cancelling the event for the safety of those racing. Hope the lesson is learned, and they should consider themselves lucky that only 1 person had to be brought away in an ambulance. It's worth noting that there was a 25% decrease in participation numbers this year, possibly and likely due to the weather/safety on race day.
- August 08, 2011 - 13:58
Ryan was 2nd off the bike not 7th (he also had the fastest bike time) excluding the teams and Stephen Pulled out half way through the bike leg. The weather played a big part this year, the cold, rain and wind affected everyone.
- on the right
- August 08, 2011 - 07:13
Is it possible to find out WHY Steve Dyke didn't finish..why the 10-year reigning champ dropped out..illness? Injury? Seems to have been a key detail msising from the story!!