Racing with a mobile phone?
Does anyone carry a mobile when out on the bike (racing, not training)? I like to travel as light as possible but after a recent experience I'll be reviewing my policy!..
I competed in the popular NW Tri (part of the UK Triathlon Series) on 14th Sept. Having done the same event in 2013 (my first tri), I was looking forward to gauging my improvement. The swim went well, and I settled into the bike quickly and felt good. Unfortunately I suffered a mechanical failure just on the five mile mark. I waited twenty minutes into the hopes a support car would come, but no luck. I walked up the first major turn, no marshal there. With a wife and child waiting back at the start I knew they would be getting anxious, so I started walking back to the start, hoping a support car or bike would be along soon enough...
I walked some three miles in my cleats, which became so painful I had to walk barefoot for the last mile. Fortunately a kind competitor who had already finished the race stopped his car and gave me a lift the remaining couple of miles.
Perhaps I should have been better prepared by carrying a phone, but I think this asks some serious questions of the marshalling of such a large event (on open public roads).
I raised this concern with the event organisers and failed to receive a satisfactory response.
On a more positive note I can only praise my fellow triathletes, many of whom asked if I was ok as they sped past with me hobbling in the other direction!