VIDEO: A moped caused the mother of all pile-ups in a cycling race in New York
This is just horrible...
Cyclists in the Tour de France and other cycling classics have been complaining for years about the close proximity of mopeds and scooters used for camera work.
They claim that they're dangerous and can get in the way of the cyclists trying to compete, however the moped in this instance was the pace moped leading the riders out.
In the Red Hook Criterium in New York, the presence of the moped was most certainly dangerous, especially when the cyclists are riding track bikes which have fixed wheels and no breaks.
As the race began, the moped stalled up ahead on the narrow circuit forcing riders to veer around it, but as the numbers of riders increased, it became impossible for them to avoid a collision and the mother of all pile-ups happened.
The riders have no breaks and therefore no option but to career into their race colleagues in front of them.
Video via CyclingHub TV
Footage has also emerged from a camera on one of the bikes that shows just how little options the riders had.
Video via Philippe Gilbert