The Lawsuit – protect clydesdale rights

Posted by SuperClydesdale on August 2, 2009 under Join the Lawsuit | 6 Comments to Read

While watching the 2009 Tour de France, I began to notice something.  Something disturbing.  Something that something needs to be done about.    There were no clydesdales riding in the Tour de France.  Once I realized this, I could barely watch without feeling self conscious.

During the Markleeville Death Ride, which took place on July 11th, right in the middle of the Tour, the pieces began to fall into place in my mind — what needed to be done to make things right.  We clydesdales need what other groups have fought for and received.   We need special consideration, or rather, we need for someone to start taking us into consideration when planning cycling events.    Riding up the front side of Ebbetts Pass, arguably the most difficult pass on the Death Ride, it occured to me how unfair the ride was.  It was very difficult for me, and yet, there were many thin, light riders ascending with relative ease (at least compared to me).  I thought, “you wouldn’t be passing me if this was flat, or even better, downhill.”  I’d own those skinny little guys.

The solution is clear.   We need to join forces and create a legal “class” — a group that has a common greivance that can act as a single unit, and sue cycling organizations and ride organizers globally to make things more even.  This will be a global effort.  The problem is that big.

We need to seek (at a minimum) the following remedies:

For races, amateur and professional:

  • Level out all courses on all competitive races.  This includes all USAC races and the major stage races such as the Tour de France or the Giro d’Italia.   A stage like L’ Alpe D’Huez is very difficult for even the skinny guys.   Just think of how tough it is for a clydesdale.   Obviously, the arduous climbing in these races has made it so difficult for heavy riders that few, if any, even bother to compete.
  • Make all competitive races all downhill if possible.   Perhaps they can keep the L’ Alpe D’Huez, but just start at the top and go down.   The stage would continue until the road reached a hill, and the finish line would be at the base of the hill.
  • Stages that cannot be all downhill will be level.  No rollers, no climbing.
  • Have straw bales and safety nets on all sharp turns on any descents.  Us big guys pick up speed in a hurry, and we may very well be unable to make the turn or stop in time, and could end up catapulting over the edge.   This is just a common sense safety issue.

For recreational rides, centuries, charity rides, etc:

  • Like the races, no climbing whatsoever.   All downhill if possible.
  • Jerseys must be available in XL, XXL, and XXXL.
  • Ride T-Shirts must be available in XXL.
  • No drafting.   Little guys have to fight the wind on their own.
  • Hay bales and safety netting on all sharp turns on any descent.

Obviously, this idea is fairly new, and I’m just now firming up the goals and strategy of this enormous effort.  But, I’m excited.   This is a game changer.  Imagine a world where a 300-pounder could win the Tour of California or Giro d’Italia.

We’ll need to get a good law firm, with a history of success in large discrimination lawsuits.  I’m taking recommendations.