RR » Road racing death knell claims played down

'I think that this will definitely lead to the demise of National road races in particular because every cost in organising a race is rising and something will have to give' - Bill Kennedy

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January 16, 2013 4:00 PM

I'm not a legal expert - but given the races take place on closed public roads, and so the spectator areas are pavements, fields etc, how can the organisers be sued every time some idiot twists their ankle in a rabbit hole?


shaken - Unregistered

January 16, 2013 5:02 PM

".....Personal injury claims and claims for minor falls and accidents at road races". Who is making these claims? I thought racers (whether novice or professional) competed at their own risk and would have their own insurance....Also I am puzzled by the Ulster GP being the only race which can charge an entry fee. I went to the Athea Races in Co Kerry 2 years ago or so and there was a hefty entry fee, about 15Euro per person

Juno - Unregistered

January 17, 2013 10:27 AM

@Shaken. Due to legislation the UGP is the only race in Northern Ireland that can legally charge an entry fee, races in the South of Ireland are under different legislation (Different Government).

irish james - Unregistered

January 17, 2013 2:27 PM

If everybody at the races just bought a bag of spuds (thats potatoes for our non native Irish speakers) when they visited the area then the extra three grand would be easily made up. Get the locals involved - make it a revenue earner for everybody and there's likely to be less silly claims for damages by non-biking fans.

Lickey - Unregistered

January 17, 2013 7:42 PM

Along the same lines as IJ suggested, what if they had collectors at the bike/car parks, with signs saying, If you enjoyed todays racing,Please donate a little to keep our events going,
Even hand out a little flyer at the start of the days racing so people can read the difficulties moneywise putting on such an event,
It might help,

Budore Man - Unregistered

January 18, 2013 12:43 AM

The something that has to give is the spectator. If he bought a program or give a donation then this would ease the burden on organisers. If the spectators were really generous then perhaps rider entry fees could be scrapped.I am an optimist, but if you do not try you cannot win.

dommie - Unregistered

January 18, 2013 12:52 PM

10 euro for a 2 day ticket to killalane and skerrise what a bargaine .read in 2010 half the fans got into the ulster gp withought paying and they wonder why it stuggles

Real Road Racing Fan. - Unregistered

February 19, 2013 2:24 AM

In response to shaken's comments,
Unfortunately we live in the real world .
I assumed real Road Racing Fans would understand that it takes Thousands of £'s to stage a Race Meeting.
The U.G.P takes many thousands of £'s to stage the event.
over £30,000 Insurance Premium Alone.
The money for this has to come from somewhere.
Where else can you sit or stand so close to the action at such high speeds( in EXCESS of 200mph) and absorb the unique atmosphere that is Road Racing.
I agree it is quite expensive if you are bringing the Family along to the U.G.P but as I say the money to stage the event has to come from somewhere.
The U.G.P comes around once a year.
If you don't want to pay There is a BiG TV Company Streaming Live coverage and follow up Shows about a week Later.
I notice you have not mentioned that the Broadcasting or Live Streaming is doing the Sport a lot of damage by deterring spectators from attending these Race Meetings in times of changeable weather for an example.
Go to a Mot

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