tris do have some
> form of neutral support in the form of roaming
> mechanics on the bike course. The
> Spokesman actually provided that on Sunday and,
> since it was assistance that
> was readily available to all athletes, was within
> the rules. >
> To sum up, assistance that is available to all
> athletes, equally, wouldn't
> incur a penalty for the athlete who accepted such
> aid. Any assistance outside
> that scope would be illegal.
Hey, wait a minute, I saw the van on highway 1
assisting folks with flats. Where were the mechanics
right outside the transition area where I was working
on my flat??? I was there for 10 minutes!! Of course
there was a ref watching, but no one was trying to
find the "readily available mechanincs" for the
defending champion! If someone with dry fingers could
have taken out that piece of metal, or just offered a
spare wheel, I may have won the race. Obviously the
assistance was NOT readily available to all. If
nuetral support doesn't show up, why can't I provide
my own support of equal measure? That really sucks.
Now I'm pissed.
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