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Risk Management

July 13, 2010: Bicycle Helmets: Safety or Fashion Statement?

As a certified triathlon official and triathlon safety director, I never cease to be amazed and appalled at the practice of athletes wearing bicycle helmets as hats. The USA Triathlon Competitive Rules (as well as ITU rules) require that the chin strap of the helmet be buckled. The athletes generally comply by buckling their chin straps, but for some reason the strap is so loose that it dangles somewhere around their neck waddle (if they are in my age group or older). The chin strap swings with their movements as they mount their bikes.

July 11, 2010: Lance Armstrong Inspires Preparation for Safety Challenges in Sport?

Today, Lance Armstrong’s hopes of winning an eighth Tour de France victory were destroyed after being involved in 3 crashes that delayed his climb up to the Morzine Avoriz ski resort. Fortunately, Team Radio Shack still has Levi Leipheimer in the mix. Lance can now support his teammate in his effort to win.

What risk management lessons can we learn from Lance’s bad luck? Certainly, Lance could not control the field and the crashes that blocked his way. He has proven himself as one of the most talented cyclist in the history of the sport and so it would not be reasonable to criticize his bike handling skills.