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post #1 of 13 Old Oct 22nd, 2009, 12:17 pm Thread Starter
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Motorcycle Escorts for Sports Events

I was wondering if any members had experience working as escorts and support during foot races, cycling, or triathalon events.

It would seem like an interesting (and challenging) way to help.

Any input appreciated.
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I was wondering if any members had experience working as escorts and support during foot races, cycling, or triathalon events.

It would seem like an interesting (and challenging) way to help.

Any input appreciated.
In the past our local group escorted for the "Beauty and the Beast Bicycle Race" in Tyler Texas. We all enjoyed the days doing it.

The only thing I have to offer is that you spend a lot of time at very low speeds and your engine temperature does get high while riding like that for long periods.

Other than that it is very good practice at low speed handling.

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I did the MS150 Bike to the Beach a few years. It's a lot of low speed riding. Your bike will probably have the fan going constantly or getting very hot.

It's fun, but that 150 mile ride for the bicyclists rapidly becomes 400 miles for you because of all the looping back you do. And if it's hot, it can be painful. We almost had one Wing rider pass out from the heat one year.


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I have done quite a bit of bicycle race marshalling. The speeds are faster than you would think 25-35 mph. Even faster if you are bridging gaps or delivering photogs to a good vantage point up the road. The big pro races have sports marketing companies that have core groups of experienced moto drivers who return year after year. Sometimes, they use a fleet of rental BMWs.
You may want to check your insurance coverage. Some don't allow for "events".

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The most fun is if you can carry a member of the press instead... you get to see the entire race from multiple spots on the course, and do very little slow riding. Really fun.


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I've done 6 or 7 races, Both in town & road courses. The in town is a pain in the arse . Very low speeds & tight routes with lots of cyclists, Road Course is fun. You can FLY by police well above the speed limits and get away with it In fact I'm doing one this Sunday.

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I'm sorry... I miss understood the term "Motorcycle Escort"... My mind is in the trash can...

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I'm sorry... I miss understood the term "Motorcycle Escort"... My mind is in the trash can...

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I had the opportunity to ride in a triathlon recently, had a race official on the back. It was a blast. Ran stop signs, lights, wrong way on the roads, rode down bike paths adjacent to the river and got paid quite handsomely to boot. Seems that a local escort (not that kind) company needed a few riders that were 2-up capable. replied to the post and bam... $150 smackers for 2 hours worth of riding....

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I just did the Chicago Marathon and also the Chicago triathelon. Loads of fun. All access pass gives you the ability to ride on the course and all over...run lights and stop signs. I have had video and still photo and race official on the back. I use my GS as it is much more nimble. LT would be a handful in tight quarters with a photg squirming around on the back.

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It is fun to see an event from that perspective. However, I would never let a photog ride on my bike backwards. It is too dangerous. The footpegs are designed for forward facing riding. If you gas it suddenly, there isn't much to keep him from tumbling off the back.
All of the photographers on bikes used by the Tour of California, Georgia, Missouri, etc. bike races must ride the proper way on motocycles. The moto driver gets them into position to shoot from the side while turning from the waist.

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Re: Motorcycle Escorts for Sports Events

Fellow riders-
I have just gotten off the phone with the local co-ordinator for the motorcycle escorts.
He was short on a bike so was happy I contacted him.
We have a meeting set-up for next Friday.

I am doing the Clearwater Florida IronMan Triathalon.

He did ask about my experience. I told him I had not done an event, but I have ridden with a pro photog for the local cycling club, that I was a cyclist, and that I had worked as a track official for 3 years at the St Petersburg Grand Prix.. He asked about my experience with a passenger, and I informed him that my wife has been my passenger for many miles.

Thanks for your help and encouragement.
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