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Pole said to have been disqualified for riding down centre line of carriageway

Marcin Bialoblocki has been disqualified from a 25-mile time trial after setting what would have been a new record for the distance.

The Polish rider finished Sunday’s Realteam.co.uk event in South Wales in 43 minutes – 1m04s quicker than his own record set last September – but he has apparently been disqualified for riding down the centre line of the dual carriageway A465.

Hutchinson went on to say that the practice was becoming widespread a few years ago, highlighting that this also presented dangers for other riders because if you catch someone doing this, you have to use outside lane to pass them.

Shortly after finishing, Bialoblocki tweeted that he had no contract for next year so,“this could be my last TT.”

You can see the Strava file for his 35mph/56kmh ride here.

Andy Jackson (SSLL Racing Team) is now listed as winner of the event in a time of 46m56s.

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gabriel959 [15 posts] 3 weeks ago
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Is it one of the rules that you can not ride down the centre line of a dual carriageway? I didn't know that!

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bendertherobot [1449 posts] 3 weeks ago
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gabriel959 wrote:

Is it one of the rules that you can not ride down the centre line of a dual carriageway? I didn't know that!

 

Sort of. One of the rules is that you have ride towards the left hand side of the road. And, if the TT is on a dual carriageway, that means the left hand side of the inner lane.

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DrG82 [153 posts] 3 weeks ago
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Having driven down the A465 in the area they run the TT, and seen the TT riders, I can't believe anyone would even want to ride down the hard shoulder let alone ride down the centre line. It's a 70 mph (most people drive it much faster) road with many bends and in a few places a dodgy camber that changes half way across the road (going from a cambered bend to a off camber bend with a ridge running diagonally across the road) and the surface isn't even very good.

Terrifying.

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don simon [1249 posts] 3 weeks ago
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DrG82 wrote:

Having driven down the A465 in the area they run the TT, and seen the TT riders, I can't believe anyone would even want to ride down the hard shoulder let alone ride down the centre line. It's a 70 mph (most people drive it much faster) road with many bends and in a few places a dodgy camber that changes half way across the road (going from a cambered bend to a off camber bend with a ridge running diagonally across the road) and the surface isn't even very good.

Terrifying.

That would go some way to explaining 56km/hr over 43 mins.

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Grahamd [587 posts] 3 weeks ago
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I thought my cycling was improving when I overtook one of the TT boys on the adjacent back road last year. Took me about 3 miles to close 200 yards. Felt really good until I checked on Strava flyby, was his cool down.

 

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madcarew [424 posts] 3 weeks ago
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Holy Jesus. I can hold 56 kph for about 1 minute..... I can't comprehend being able to hold it for 3/4 hour.

 

And he must be super slippery. 415 W average to make 56 kph av. On my local track I have to hold 550W to do 55 kph on my road bike.

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700c [1139 posts] 3 weeks ago
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I'm all for marginal gains but seriously, putting yourself in danger like that is a bit bonkers

No TT'ing for me on 70mph-dual carriageways thank you very. Too many fatalities.

 

 

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peted76 [688 posts] 3 weeks ago
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I'm pretty sure the fastest TT man in Britain 'could get a contract for next year' if he wanted.. 

 

He wrote on facebook when asked if he was going to appeal the decision..  'I’ve decided to take it on the chin and move on so I’ll not be lodging an appeal and leave it for my legs to answer the critics.'

 

Good classy response, he'll go and smash the record another day - and why not  1

 

 

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Jimmy Ray Will [733 posts] 3 weeks ago
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I'm sure it helps that he already holds the comp record for 25 miles. 

 

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janusz0 [24 posts] 3 weeks ago
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It would be nice if road.cc would spell his name correctly. Those aren't 'L's, they're 'barred L's -soft 'L's - pronounced like "ew" or, more precisely, exactly like the 'L' in Ilford.
It's "Marcin Białobłocki"! I guess he' got some hard 'L's on his saddle;)

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dwbeever [56 posts] 3 weeks ago
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v impressive time.

v dubious tactics.

also, i thought courses for records had to be out and backs (?).  this one has an 8km downhill start (c.130m elevation drop) followed by a 32km out and back.  i estimate he did a 65kmh average for the first 8k, then c. 54k ave for the out and back over 32k.  extrapolating out the latter bit gives you and estimated 25 miles in a shade over 45 mins (allowing for power drop for the greater distance).

still insane, but puts it in a bit more perspective.

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DrJDog [416 posts] 3 weeks ago
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gabriel959 wrote:

Is it one of the rules that you can not ride down the centre line of a dual carriageway? I didn't know that!

Surely you have to abide by the highway code?

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BehindTheBikesheds [608 posts] 3 weeks ago
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700c wrote:

I'm all for marginal gains but seriously, putting yourself in danger like that is a bit bonkers

No TT'ing for me on 70mph-dual carriageways thank you very. Too many fatalities.

Out of interest, how many fatalities on dual carriageways in the UK?

 I ride on the A505 Baldock to Royston infrequently (where Allice Lethbridge rode as part of her 12 hour Record), it's a bit twisty/some undulations - 6-7% in places, so the speed differential is significant but at least unlike 60mph (limit which means bugger all anyway) single carriageway traffic is all going in the same direction and there's a lane to overtake. plus the lanes there is a run off at the edge for the most part with the demarked edge of the road solid white line (No I never ride in the gutter inside of it).

Sure it will be very uncomfortable in busy periods but are the odds that hugely different to being struck and killed on a d/c than any other rural/trunk road road with similar speeds (I also use a major single carriage bypass road every week)?