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Cyclocross racer uses cell phone during race (Photo)

Posted by on November 16th, 2010 at 9:15 am

Taken by official finish line camera during cycloross race.
(Photo: OBRA)

The photo above was snapped by an official Oregon Bicycle Racing Association finish line camera during a cyclocross race over the weekend. Yes, the guy looks to be texting or checking emails during his race! (Or, as a commenter below pointed out, it also might be a GPS device).

OBRA official Candi Murray shared the photo on the OBRA email list last night and added, “Tell me he was not making a call.”

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58 Comments
  • matt picio November 16, 2010 at 9:22 am

    Classic. There is no hope for our species. 😉

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  • Joe November 16, 2010 at 9:22 am

    hi mom

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  • Scooter November 16, 2010 at 9:24 am

    I bet he was timing his race and stopping the stopwatch on his phone/gps/computer

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  • Caroline November 16, 2010 at 9:26 am

    That looks more like a Garmin to me. I think I see a mount on his handlebars. Though why you’d cyclocross with one of those is beyond me. The risk to it is high.

    Cell phone is a rash conclusion… or… this guy needs a reality check.

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  • Caroline November 16, 2010 at 9:27 am

    HOWEVER, is that a bidon in his back pocket? Who races cyclocross with a bidon in his back pocket?!

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    • Dave November 16, 2010 at 9:44 am

      If you want water during a race, that’s about the only place to put it.

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  • Matthew November 16, 2010 at 9:28 am

    No, it’s a telescoping baton! He’s about to extend it and crack the next rider across the back of the head.

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    • ian November 16, 2010 at 10:16 am

      ROAD RASH CX style!

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  • Adam Osborn November 16, 2010 at 9:33 am

    “Dude, guess what position I just got.”

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  • matt picio November 16, 2010 at 9:43 am

    Hmm.. yeah, that definitely looks like it could be a GPS. It’s a bit too big for a phone. It’s large for a GPS, too, but it could be one of the older Garmins or one of the Magellan units.

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  • Matt Haughey November 16, 2010 at 9:54 am

    It looks to me like a big cell phone in a plastic sandwich bag, the kind you’d have in your jersey pocket. I don’t use my phone while riding, but once in a while I can hear I got a call or a message or a text and I’ll wonder who called, often pulling over to pull it out and see.

    I could see glancing at it to see what he missed while racing, especially if you’ve got family at home and it might have been a call from your spouse.

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    • Pete November 16, 2010 at 11:48 am

      I’m in labor – meet me at the hospital! Hope you won your race.

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  • Brendan November 16, 2010 at 10:17 am

    I bet it’s his victory salute.

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  • Burk November 16, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Calling in his beer order???

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  • Slonie November 16, 2010 at 10:24 am

    He’s calling his guy in the pit and telling them he needs his bike ready…

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  • Stripes November 16, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Using his GPS to locate the, uh, finish line two feet in front of him? I’ve known cyclists to use GPS for dumber things 😉

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  • Skid November 16, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Talk about phoning it in.

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  • mello yello November 16, 2010 at 10:33 am

    twitter addict

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  • Jerry_W November 16, 2010 at 10:35 am

    To parole officer “ankle bracelet will be back on in 5 minutes…tops”

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  • Brian Johnson November 16, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Caroline
    HOWEVER, is that a bidon in his back pocket? Who races cyclocross with a bidon in his back pocket?!

    Who uses the word “bidon”?? It’s a bottle.

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    • Caroline November 16, 2010 at 11:02 am

      I use the word bidon whenever I like. Especially when the nipple appears to be pink like a Rapha BIDON. I also call myself Little Package… I like eclairs, au gratin, and café au lait. C’est la vie, so sue me, BRIAN JOHNSON. 😛

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  • wsbob November 16, 2010 at 11:04 am

    “…bidon…”. “…’Tish! …That’s French!!”.

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  • dabby November 16, 2010 at 11:16 am

    I have used the cell phone during any number of races, not to mention the “Far Away Yeller”(nextel).

    Have also dropped and crushed phones while racing for that matter…..

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  • A.K. November 16, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Brian Johnson
    Who uses the word “bidon”?? It’s a bottle.

    Bottles are for babies. A bidon is for cyclists.

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    • Ron November 16, 2010 at 3:48 pm

      And his is in the pack pocket of his Maillot. (That’s what real cyclists wear)

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    • eric November 19, 2010 at 7:57 am

      After reading the comments on bike portland for the last several years, I think bottle is a more appropriate term.

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  • craig November 16, 2010 at 11:22 am

    seems like the sort of thing that deserves a few fact-finding phone calls before publishing and speculating on the photo

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  • Dave November 16, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Bottles are for putting water in. A bidon is for effete francophiles.

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    • Caroline November 16, 2010 at 11:29 am

      Semantics are for really boring people.

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    • matt picio November 16, 2010 at 11:46 am

      You say that like it’s a bad thing.

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  • Shane November 16, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Maybe he’s a time traveller: http://www.youtube.com/user/yellowfeverbelfast

    PS I just had to make a comment to try out the new comment field. I think I like it.

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  • Schrauf November 16, 2010 at 11:51 am

    It’s a padded iPhone with an app for controlling the electric assist motor hidden in his frame. That bottle is actually a wireless battery pack. He also may have a device that fires little darts into the spokes of competitors as they attempt to pass, but I believe OBRA allows those.

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  • Gabriel Amadeus November 16, 2010 at 11:54 am

    To test out my stalker skills and the new comments, I believe you could just ask him. Name’s Doug I think: http://www.crossresults.com/racer/9605

    Sorry if I’m wrong!

    Also, cool lacing on those wheels.

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    • Kevin Hedahl November 16, 2010 at 12:57 pm

      The funky spoke pattern is due to how the OBRA camera takes pictures. It’s tons of vertical pictures, all taken at the time that portion of the person passed the finish line, that are pasted together into one image. That’s also why the background looks like a bunch of horizontal lines.

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    • S change November 16, 2010 at 1:04 pm

      Youy might want to retest your stalking ability. Look up rider 975 in the master C 35+ catagory here:
      http://obra.org/events/15429/results#race_261706
      It don’t appear to be Doug.

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  • Joe November 16, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    Foursquare check in 😉

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  • Jeff November 16, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    Checking his power output during the race…

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  • nuovorecord November 16, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Forget the phone/GPS discussion…are those REFLECTORS(!!!) on his wheels? The Fred is strong with this one.

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    • Brian Johnson November 16, 2010 at 2:27 pm

      Holy Tooledo!! You’re right! I also see a seatpost reflector! 🙂

      Impressive. Most impressive.

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  • mello yello November 16, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    Annnnnnnnnnd *pause*

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  • thefuture November 16, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    I think he’s just making the jump to lightspeed. He’s gone to plaid.

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  • Spiffy November 16, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    is than a blue-tooth mic sticking out by his mouth?

    reflectors? awesome!

    if he had a handlebar mount for it I don’t think he’d be holding it…

    and I don’t see anything weird with having the bottle in your back shirt pocket… better than getting it muddy and risk losing it on the frame mount…

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  • slowracer November 16, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    he’s turning off the motor on his mechanical doping devicw. Call in the scientist.

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  • CaptainKarma November 16, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    At some point, a certain segment of the population will be opting for the hands-free implant directly into the head. You’ll never know if they are talking to you, checking what their friends are doing right now (I’m in the bathroom…), or if they are schizoids conversing with the voices that are truly now in their heads.

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  • CaptainKarma November 16, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    BTW, the govt can surveil your movements at all times when you carry a cell-phone. Nice. You could turn it off, but some phones still report even then. Must take the battery out to be sure. Just food for thought.

    https://ssd.eff.org/wire/protect/cell-tracking

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  • Joe November 16, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    oncall support tech, living the dream

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  • Joe R November 16, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    He may be saving his Map My Ride route.

    There’s also that thing in his mouth, which could be part of a food wrapper. He’s a diabetic and needs to restore balance to his juices.

    Or, as stated above, just ask the dude.

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  • spokesy November 16, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    fyi, if you have time to drink water during a cyclocross race, you’re doing it wrong!

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  • Mike Murray November 16, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    As one commenter pointed out the FinishLynx camera does not take a picture of the rider. It takes many pictures of the vertical space above the finish and then assembles them into an image that actually represents a graph of the items occupying that vertical space vs time represented on the horizontal. The point of this pedantic explanation is that the poor guy in this picture may not have been holding whatever the thing is fo very long. He may have just been putting it in his pocket. Sure makes a funny picture though.

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  • Jed November 16, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    It’s an energy bar…

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  • Justin November 17, 2010 at 6:54 am

    One-upping Cavendish.

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  • Kevin November 17, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Yeah, energy bar with a piece of wrapper in his mouth.

    I used my garmin 500 in the only cross races I’ve done, I didn’t manage to click the lap button for each lap, but I kind of wish I had..

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  • beany November 17, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    More importantly – why is he in the little ring on the track?

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  • jim November 17, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    This could be his heart monitor, ….

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  • mello yello November 18, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    remote for the obra camera

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  • jim November 19, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    great picture by the way

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  • Pete November 20, 2010 at 8:06 am

    Yeah, it’s a giant energy bar… and he’s reading the ingredients to make sure there’s no high-fructose corn syrup!

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