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  • 1/2 Whilst extremely pleased to see Matt well on the road to recovery , it is sad that NOTHING is being done in the Media to ensure that Cyclists in the races are better respected by those that drive accredited vehicles !

    ABOUT time that UCI had an ” Accreditation Process ” that included ” Driver Tests ” , so as to ensure that people like Flecha , Hoogerland , Bauer & others , get to the finish line without kissing the tarmac !

    Outside the Pro Tour races , we are seeing the likes of Annemiek-van-vleuten, Chris Horner , Mario Cipollini , Amy D. & others suffer from Traffic Violence whilst training on the roads ! AND WHAT has the UCI done ?


    • david__g

      In this case I really don’t think the driver was at fault. You could even argue that were it not for the car he’d have gone right over the edge, which could have been much much worse.

      • Neil

        I agree. There has been some bad driving/riding by accredited staff in races recently which needs to be addressed but in this case Brammeier was out of control and if he hadn’t hit that team car, it would have been a spectator, their car or likely harsh impact with nature’s finest.. As for “traffic violence” while out training, I don’t see what that has to do with the UCI. That’s a police matter.

        • Maybe this item , did not appear as posted ?

          ” In September the World Road Race Championships take place in Virginia ,USA . During that Event there , will be the Annual Congress of the UCI National Cycling Organisations . About time that UCI considered ” TRAFFIC SAFETY ” as part of THEIR Mission ! Not only do the Pro World Racers train on the over crowded traffic routes , BUT , so do other IOC & IPC Athletes , as they Cross Train in preparation for Rio 2016 !

          By the UCI setting out a COMMON SET of OBJECTIVES , they could Motivate the National Org.s to contact THEIR Respective Governments and ensure that the Various Transport Org.s become fully aware of THEIR responsibilities to inform their Members of the NEED to SHARE the ROADS and exercise the current road Laws . In time Countries that do not currently have ” Safe Pass of Cyclist Laws ” & ” Strict Liability ” will decide to ADD to their Statutes ?

          Recently in Eire , the Organisers of that Event , ADDED a ” Rear Sticker to Accredited Vehicles ” reminding of the NEED to give 1 1/2M Safe Pass of Cyclists ! SURELY it is not beyond the Ability of the UCI , to ensure that a similar ” Sticker ” is attached to ANY Vehicle that requires Accreditation ? When the Media publish on TV , Radio & in print , then the General public , will no doubt SEEK to have a similar item attached to THEIR Vehicle ? It is said that 80+% of Cyclists hold a Driver permit , that alone would ensure SUCCESS to an UCI resolution REQUIRING this at ANY EVENT that operates under their Mandate ?

          The LIFE YOU HELP SAVE , could be YOUR OWN !

  • That Strava Support Guy

    Is there anything he said about what happened? Did something fail?

    • Brad

      Living in the area, I ride that road often. It’s a terrible hairpin turn that comes right after a long sweeping right-hander that is mostly blind. By the time the switchback comes into view, you’re less than 50 meters from the corner and doing roughly 55mph at that point. If you don’t know it’s there, you’re going to go straight off. Matt could tell us more, but from the video it also looks like his view toward the hairpin was slightly obstructed by another team car as he came around the right-hand sweeper. This probably gave him even less time to react when he saw the hairpin corner. The fact that the car was moving slightly and that the bodywork absorbed some of the energy of the impact likely saved his life. He would have hit a thick pine tree otherwise and they are not nearly as forgiving as the car was (as funny as that sounds to say). I agree with David__g that the car was not at fault in this case. However, the moto that came up and stopped right in the riding line was clearly in the wrong and should have cleared the corner as much as possible.

      • Larry @CycleItalia

        There was plenty of stupidity to go around with this cluster-f__k. How the racers didn’t know this dicey turn was coming up clear through to vehicle drivers seemingly forgetting they’re in an active race caravan. Perhaps the UCI should create a special vehicle protocol for drivers in all UCI races? Some sort of instructions and test and then, if you pass, a license?

        • This is often the case made for race radios. It allows DS’s to let the riders know that something dangerous is coming up (by looking at the race map). I don’t believe this accident had anything to do with and incompetent driver.

          • Larry @CycleItalia

            Perhaps a low-tech method like a sign might have been enough? Reminds me of NASA having a special gas-pressurized pen created so their astronauts could write in space while the Russians used…a pencil. I wouldn’t let the vehicle drivers off that easily. They should know guys are blasting down the descent and stay out of their way. Perhaps they are distracted by the DS yelling at them?

      • Thanks for the insight Brad.

  • Holby City

    Do not read the comments posted on Facebook regarding this. I saw things like:
    “I wish this happened in Melbourne and those pesky Lycra idiots crashed into my ute”
    “I wish this happened more often”

    Sad that these people live on Earth.

    • winkybiker

      And seemingly, mostly in ‘straya.

  • Nic Lowe

    Mr Brammeier would probably not have survived an impact with a tree. The team cars were staying out of the way as much as possible considering the broken-up nature of the race down the mountain. All-in-all, MBs life depended on there being something, anything in his way while heading into the trees. He was most fortunate.

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