After the 2012 Downtown Walterboro Crit, Isaac Howe exchanged some words with Team Exergy’s Carlos Alzate. We asked Isaac to explain what happened.
“I feel like there is a certain amount of camaraderie that pros need to have with each other, even if they are on separate teams. The fact that we all race together week-in and week-out provides us the opportunity to learn everyone’s riding style and to develop trust with each other during the dangerous moments of races.
“By nature cycling is an unsafe sport, and that’s why I get upset when good, strong, cyclists ride in a way that further endangers others in the race.”
“You expect that kind of stuff from guys who are racing outside of their league, but I didn’t expect it from Carlos that night. Every night he was crushing us just by how hard he was pushing the pedals, but that night I felt that he lacked the experienced style of riding that I was used to seeing from him. People usually don’t intend to ride dangerously, and that’s why it’s important they be told when they do—so their mistake doesn’t turn into a habit.
“Language barriers in the peloton make it really hard to communicate. More often than not there are only a few universal words that are picked up by both parties, and the wrong message is communicated. A well-intentioned chat can easily send the wrong message.”