- The 3 Peaks bar debate
They're not THAT strict, an adjudicator takes a stroll around and anyone blatently flouting the rules will be asked to swap kit but you'll be ok on that.
Basically it is designed to keep the event as it's tradition, a cyclocross race. IMO that should mean using drop bars full stop but that's another debate.Posted 7 years agocrazy-legsSubscriber
The rule is that any bar used (flat, flared, drop etc) be no wider than 50cm.
As to how strict they are it's virtually impossible to police. There's not much in the way of formal bike checks (plenty of people wandering round with tape measures and a tyre width checker) but so many people swap bikes on various parts of the course (another thing I think should be banned) that some of the front runners are using almost road bikes on the road sections and swapping to bikes of dubious legality for the off-road bits. I've seen people on bikes with tyres that are obviously >35mm yet by the time they come back into the finish they're on a regular CX again having swapped it back again. I think it should eb like a mountain bike race in that respect – no bike swaps, no wheel changes, you should be self-sufficient while on course. It would cut down the amount of traffic as well, cars hurtling past with bikes on board, desperate to catch up to their rider so they can swap the bike back again.Posted 7 years agooldgitMember
I have 42cm Salsa Belle Laps on my crosser and at the widest part i.e the flare in the drop they are about 500mm +/-2mm using a retractable tape.
The rules say flat bars mustn't exceed 500mm. That's clear enough, but I'm getting firm yes and no's about that applying to drops.Posted 7 years ago
How tight are they on this, is rules are rules and if I'm 2mm out it's an early bath?karnaliMember
i took my bell laps off last year and put on a narrower pair of drops, was annoyed when i got there, loads of people using them, saw no one asked to change them, there was a least one person on an mtb frame that i saw. An as mentioned people with very very wide 35mm tyres on some of the offraod bits. Leave them on no one will say anythingPosted 7 years ago
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