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  • Arash

    Whether it was Marianne’s fault in crashing, those barriers have no place in a bunch sprint finish of any cycling event
    If they were the same as the ones used when Bouhanni impeded Matthews in Paris-Nice then the severity of crash would have been substanitially lower!

    • davem

      it would have happened with any barrier design. This was not about running over the foot of the barrier, it was the bike getting out of shape without the barriers help and flopping you broadside into them. The crash would have happen exactly the same with either design.

      • Arash

        The crash would have happened regardless as I said in my comment, but she wouldn’t have been tangled with the barrier legs and flipped like that. She would have ran into the barrier and that would have been end of it.
        Just look at the video and the second picture from the bottom, she’s got an unweighted rear wheel and then her front wheel got caught in the barrier leg. Hidden feet barriers are safer for this very reason as did Matt Brammeier note in Paris-Nice!

      • Dave

        Quite the opposite. She may well have even stayed upright if she was going sideways into a corflute advertising board on the front of the barrier without any exposed vertical struts to catch it.

  • Samantha Vroomen

    If there is an exposed barrier structure then perhaps pvc would be less potentially damaging, although the pvc might not hold up. I imagine if DeCrescenzo had hit non-metal barriers at the end of San Dimas, she might be less critically injured. They could at least put hay bales between the poles to provide a soft barrier in the future. Car racing venues have adopted the idea that a barrier that absorbs and contains the impact is less harmful than a barrier that simply resists the impact.

    • Dave

      Not quite PVC, but polypropylene! I’ve worked on signage setup for the Tour Down Under where we use vertical metal barriers (the standard in Australia is to have flat feet on all metal crowd barriers, even not at cycling events) with smooth corflute advertising hoardings attached to the front.

      These barriers are usually hit at a fairly shallow angle instead of head on, so putting a corflute hoarding on the front provides the perfect mix of being:
      – rigid enough to ‘hide’ the metal barrier behind it
      – soft enough to absorb a bit of the impact
      – rigid enough to spread out the impact
      – not so soft that it would slow down the impact and then ‘bounce’ a rider back into the middle of the road like a tyre barrier or modern tech-pro barrier does with a car
      – stack flat for easy transport from one stage to the next and easy storage afterwards
      – standard material for printing on so they pay for themselves
      – durable enough that they can be used again the next year with either the same sponsors or reprinting.

      The end result is something which works kind of like a very low energy equivalent of the SAFER (Steel And Foam Energy Reduction) barriers used on US oval racetracks which literally have a sacrificial steel barrier and a row of foam blocks between that and the permanent concrete barrier.

  • Berne Shaw

    WE must all call for an end to barriers in all races that have NO exposed legs and surfaces to catch handlebars arms legs and any part of the bicycle. This is what turns a minor crash into a severe brain injury and or death.

  • Derek Maher

    Hope the lady recovers quickly she has had enough bad luck recently. Those type of barriers should be boarded from their top to ground level so riders do not get caught up in the frames.


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