18 September 2010 4 Comments

A Bit Too Relaxed?

Registration for the Tatton Triathlon was a very relaxed affair. I walked straight up to the table and got my goodie bag, numbers and timing chip – took me all of a minute. I then wandered into transition to find my spot, no ID check then out again. I returned to the car to get the bike and again walked straight into transition with no ID check or mechanical check, let alone  helmet check.

In eight seasons of triathlon I have never yet wandered in to transition without my ID being challenged (and it happened twice), and can only think of 1 or 2 occasions where no mechnical check has been done. This is really poor. If I had fancied a nice new bike, I’m sure that I could have picked one off a rack and wandered out with it claiming a mechanical problem if countered – no numbering of athletes’ bodies and no numbered wrist bands , (actually the wristbands were numbered, just not obviously) so no means of checking if the bike belonged to me (so you could check, just no-one bothered) I only hope that no-one unsavoury noticed this lack of basic security.

I just hope my bike is still there in the morning…

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4 Responses to “A Bit Too Relaxed?”

  1. Redbike 20 September 2010 at 9:02 am #

    I’ve often wondered why Triathlons aren’t targeted by bike thieves.
    Run in wearing a wet suit. Grab whichever bike takes your fancy. Ride off quick!

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  2. John Sutton 20 September 2010 at 11:29 am #

    Don’t give the b4ggers ideas!

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  3. John Sutton 20 September 2010 at 11:32 am #

    Back at Wimbleball in ’05 Chris McCormack (world Ironman Champ) had his bike nicked. A local bike shop stepped in and sorted a bike for him: he still set the fastest bike split and won the race. Afterwards hid did say that it was the toughest half-ironman in the world!

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