and more from our Chris Naylor in the Pro Peleton:-
I ride a Honda ST1100 in the UK. And whilst abroad use same style of touring bike eg, Kawasaki GTR1400 same as they use in TDF or Yamaha FJR1300 and also BMW RT models.


I have 2 stopwatches fixed to the brake and clutch reservoirs on the handlebars and a tank bag to carry radios and refreshments and a few items like tape, spare glasses, small tools. I have a rider list in the clear top pocket and also race info. Distance to KOM, Sprint, feed, finish plan of the final 3km and where the Deviation is.I usually work with 3 radios. I transmit on the commissaire channel mostly. Also listen to the Radio Tour channel with the option to transmit if needed, announce a crash or a technical section and maybe call service if a rider punctures or crashes. I also operate a Organization channel, this is kept to a few key people and kept private, If there is a problem or we need to sort something out it will be done on this channel, the media and guests can't hear this and many things can be resolved without everyone knowing.During the race we have a radio code. If the Speaker is transmitting info to teams and press, we try not to talk on the other channels.

So during the race I will say things like. The head of the Peloton is very active with repeated attacks from several teams."3 riders have a small advantage over a chasing peloton" Now if these riders gain a 15 second advantage I will drop back and give the numbers...."NUMBERS OF THE 3 RIDERS CLEAR OF THE PELOTON ARE 34 THIRTY FOUR, 56 FIFTY SIX AND 66 SIXTY SIX, WITH A 15 SECOND ADVANTAGE . now the speaker in the car says RECEIVED. and I decide to stay there or move back out if the gap is not increasing. Also the Tv Bike has moved in to film this.I give the numbers bingo style so that all the commissaires and the other officials get 2 chances to get it down correctly, now the Radio Tour Speaker decides to wait a little or to Transmit the info out on the Radio Tour channel. I keep timing the gap and update the times on the radio. At 20 seconds, Neutral moto will come behind the leaders and if the gap grows more at 30 seconds the neutral car and Commissaire car and moto will also drop in behind the leaders.While all this is happening I look at the racing line for the riders, I take the best line around centre splitters and bollards. When we come to a roundabout we cut the shortest route and the riders follow me, so if I go wrong they do too, I point out potholes and gravel to them and the TV bike and announce ROAD NARROWS...... VERY SHARP LEFT TURN........ SPEED BUMPS............KEEP LEFT... etcAll this at the same time as riding a motorcycle watching incase something pulls out of a road or a driveway not covered by the Police or a marsall. You can probibly tell that I don't have a problem multi tasking and maintaining a high concentration level.

 After a 5 hour stage you certainly know youv'e worked hard, but it is a real buzz. Now this is where the Motorbike stands out, comfort, quiet, good wind protection, handling. As after the stage we might have a 3 hour ride to the hotel, and lets not forget it might rain.


I ride a Honda ST1100 in the UK. And whilst abroad use same style of touring bike eg, Kawasaki GTR1400 same as they use in TDF or Yamaha FJR1300 and also BMW RT models.I have 2 stopwatches fixed to the brake and clutch reservoirs on the handlebars and a tank bag to carry radios and refreshments and a few items like tape, spare glasses, small tools. I have a rider list in the clear top pocket and also race info. Distance to KOM, Sprint, feed, finish plan of the final 3km and where the Deviation is.I usually work with 3 radios. I transmit on the commissaire channel mostly. Also listen to the Radio Tour channel with the option to transmit if needed, announce a crash or a technical section and maybe call service if a rider punctures or crashes. I also operate a Organization channel, this is kept to a few key people and kept private, If there is a problem or we need to sort something out it will be done on this channel, the media and guests can't hear this and many things can be resolved without everyone knowing.

During the race we have a radio code. If the Speaker is transmitting info to teams and press, we try not to talk on the other channels.So during the race I will say things like. The head of the Peloton is very active with repeated attacks from several teams.
"3 riders have a small advantage over a chasing peloton" Now if these riders gain a 15 second advantage I will drop back and give the numbers...."NUMBERS OF THE 3 RIDERS CLEAR OF THE PELOTON ARE 34 THIRTY FOUR, 56 FIFTY SIX AND 66 SIXTY SIX, WITH A 15 SECOND ADVANTAGE . now the speaker in the car says RECEIVED. and I decide to stay there or move back out if the gap is not increasing. Also the Tv Bike has moved in to film this.


I give the numbers bingo style so that all the commissaires and the other officials get 2 chances to get it down correctly, now the Radio Tour Speaker decides to wait a little or to Transmit the info out on the Radio Tour channel. I keep timing the gap and update the times on the radio. At 20 seconds, Neutral moto will come behind the leaders and if the gap grows more at 30 seconds the neutral car and Commissaire car and moto will also drop in behind the leaders.While all this is happening I look at the racing line for the riders, I take the best line around centre splitters and bollards. When we come to a roundabout we cut the shortest route and the riders follow me, so if I go wrong they do too, I point out potholes and gravel to them and the TV bike and announce ROAD NARROWS...... VERY SHARP LEFT TURN........ SPEED BUMPS............KEEP LEFT... etc

All this at the same time as riding a motorcycle watching incase something pulls out of a road or a driveway not covered by the Police or a marsall. You can probibly tell that I don't have a problem multi tasking and maintaining a high concentration level.Chris Naylor After a 5 hour stage you certainly know youv'e worked hard, but it is a real buzz. Now this is where the Motorbike stands out, comfort, quiet, good wind protection, handling. As after the stage we might have a 3 hour ride to the hotel, and lets not forget it might rain.


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