Joined: 04 Dec 2005
|Posted: Wed Sep 20, 2006 12:33 pm Post subject: TRACK SPRINTS
|Another thing I just learned.
In the women's sprint events, women tend to be disqualified and deemed dangerous riding, where as the same moves in a men's sprint event is okay and considered aggressive riding.
Is this a double standard? If the elite women are allowed to race with elite men, and can handle it why would certain tactics be disallowed when women ride with women?
This is curious. At the elite level, most women have ridden with men, train with men, race with the men. Hence, these women learn certain tactics and techniques that I assume would be very difficult to change just because they are now racing with women.
Since there is ONE USCF rule book, shouldn't the same rules apply no matter the gender?
I assume international competition is aggressive. I have been told that in women's racing UCI is less apt to DQ a female rider for the same moves and tactics that are considered dangerous here in US. I would think it is difficult in the heat of racing for a rider to try to remember what is a "legal" move depending which Rule system is in play. Wouldn't it make more sense to be similar?
I have read the rules and have become familiar with the sprint events for track. I did this to be sure I am up to speed with the rules for nationals. Was this a wasted effort on my part since the book is not the "rule of thumb" so to speak? How much discretion is at play versus the black and white? I am just curious. Thanks