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Getting back to a passable level of fitness and health, partly by riding a stationary bike, so that I may live a fuller and more productive life.

Quin T. i was watching an old...

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I was watching an old Sufferfest video while riding today, and it features lots of footage of big international bike races. I'm not really familiar with bike racing outside of the footage I've seen in these videos, but I always get angry when I watch some of this footage. Yep, angry. I'm watching these amazing cyclists riding so hard and so single-mindedly, up steep grades, around sharp curves... and that's all fine and inspirational. But I also see the crazy fans, waving flags in the cyclists' path, coming within inches of touching the cyclists, even running alongside the cyclists... and I see the cars and motorcycles (with cameramen and possibly race officials?) driving mere feet from the cyclists. It scares me.

I'll admit again, I'm really not knowledgeable about professional cycling, and maybe some people would say this is a vital part of the races... but it really unnerves me. Cycling seems dangerous enough when it's just the cyclist, the bike and the road. Throw in the crazy antics of the fans and the motorized vehicles, and -- at least in my eyes -- it seems like the poor cyclists are running the gauntlet.

Do the cyclists actually enjoy this? Do people who watch the races not have the same reaction I do? Are there ever collisions or other incidents caused by this?