The NorCal army is doing a pretty good job of getting results in on twitter via #nccn or #madera if you are looking to get an update. While improving the delay in getting results got me thinking about the “radio issue” that every cycling publication has been reporting or weighing in on.
At first it was some interesting fodder for the off season but now it’s more played out than a Charlie Sheen rant. Everybody and their brother is scrambling to get the latest news or view point on it.
I learned several things from all these articles.
1. The riders union is a bunch of pansies, the NFL Players Association would walk over less.
2. What started out as a cool idea is now something I, nor anyone else for that matter, cares any more
3. Cycling needs some better story lines cause if race radios is the best we can do then we are f$#@-ed.
I have the ultimate solution for the teams if they want to keep radios. The most important thing they are lacking right now is public support. I dont’ think anybody really buys the “safety” argument regardless if it is true. So here is my suggestion. Stream your radio feed – sure it might not be a great secure channel of communication but they would get their live channel and fans would get another close personal look at the conversations going on during the race. The Teams association could aggregate the streams under one website, delay it 2-3 minutes so nothing critical is exposed, and charge fans to a subscription fee to listen to all the channels. I can’t see the UCI having a say in it if all the fans supporting the races are on board.
Hell, We’ll build your website for you… but probably not on wordpress. It’s getting kind of slow.
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