A competitor in "The Canadian" (Somersault triathlon/duathlon event in Ottawa this past weekend) had his $10,000 Cervelo stolen out of transition and is understandably peeved. Race organizers deny responsibility:
“We’ve never had something like this happen at one of our events before,” said Christine McKinty, a Somersault race official.
She said the responsibility of keeping a bike safe ultimately rests with the competitors themselves.
“First and foremost it’s the athletes’ responsibility for their equipment and their gear. We advertise that so when they sign up for the event they are aware of it,” she said. “We do have transition zone volunteers as well as our own staff, but they are not watching an athlete take their bike from transition while the event is going on.
“We are not responsible for monitoring their equipment.”
Huh? How is the athlete responsible if someone takes their bike out of the secured transition area? In triathlons I've been at I've needed to show my number which is matched to the number on my bike as I leave.