As for the officiating in the middle of the pack, hats off to Charlie and
his group of officials. From my perspective, the officials were numerous
and fair. There were a lot of penalties handed out (based on seeing a large
number of race numbers with red slashes through them). However, it was easy
to avoid getting nailed as the highway was closed and the conditions were
To add a little bit...
There was limited traffic on the highway and there is a new shoulder that is
about four feet wide. A couple of times, people passed me and then died in
front of me. Rather than fall back, I moved onto the shoulder to give them
time to slowly pull away. That meant that I didn't run into problems with
the 15 sec. rule. I saw some blocking but so did the officials and they
were quite strict with enforcement.
At one stage, I thought that I had been nailed while passing someone, there
was no one in front of me or behind me (other than the passee). Turns out
the official was just telling me to move over after the pass. My heart
nearly jumped out of my skinsuit!
as far as I know, Lothar Leder was disqualified, because he wasn't riding
on the right, not because of drafting. And besides, the wind was blowing from the right!
And I think the refs should have been more "Fingerspitzengefuehl", that means, they
should have been more sensible due to the race situation.
That's my personal opinion.
"Real athletes don't draft"
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> The pros have an even longer drafting zone - 10 meters. They also have to
> maintain a staggered formation. If they are drafting, it should be very
There are no stagger rules at IMH. Everyone goes by age-group rules except
for the zone of 10 meters for pros and 7 meters for age groupers. You must
ride on the right and pass on the left. The final call on Lothar Leder was
for riding on the left of the lane (Position Violation).
>The pros have an even longer drafting zone - 10 meters. They also have to
>maintain a staggered formation. If they are drafting, it should be very
No stagger in Hawaii, age group rulels for pros, as well.
Here are the facts:
1 He moved from a legal right hand side position to the far left of
the lane. He was quite close to the line in the center of the road. He
was there well over a minute before being called.
2 There was a support van on the far left side of the lane just 30
- 40 feet in front of him.
3 The call was near the airport on the way back to town. The winds
were in their faces at that point, not from the side. The side winds
occurred mostly before Kawaihai on the way out and back.
4 He had been called for drafting earlier in the race. His second
call then disqualified him.
Cat 1 USAT Ref
IMH Officials Crew