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  • It only has to happen once for someone to get a life altering/ending spinal injury.

    Fully understood, and it'd be awful for that to happen.

    "It" could also be touch of wheels in the group, puncture, broken cleat, and many other circumstances. What's your mitigation for all of those circumstances to ensure "it" could never happen?

  • Fully understood, and it'd be awful for that to happen.

    It did happen, at Newport.

  • It did happen, at Newport.

    I know there was an incident leading to eventual fatality, which was shocking to read up on at the time it became more widely discussed last year.

    It is still not clear what the actual cause of the crash was, despite anecdotes and an insurers investigation report knocking around that seem to conflict.

    I feel strongly that for the benefit of all Track Coaches & in order to ensure best practice in future, the ngb (or venues) should have shared the facts of the case and learning outcomes from this to all those coaches, and use it as a case study for future qualifying coaches too during their course. A bit like flight incident investigations are published to be learned from.

    If it did occur in a Track League Race, caused solely by the actions of a visiting rider accredited by another velodrome, then there is cause to consider change. AFAIK that wasn't the circumstance in that case though, however I'd fully appreciate being corrected as per my point above about there being uncertainty around what actually happened.

    You do what you can but you’re never going to remove risk entirely.

    Precisely. Work could still be done to eliminate all those risks I listed above, yet they're somehow deemed acceptable risks despite having occured before, being fairly likely to happen again at some point, and potentially leading to the same outcome as the Newport case whenever they occur.


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