Originally Posted by Lisamarie
Contrary to popular belief, size does not matter!
It's the idea that you MUST go around something, either big or small, either a gate or a gas pump,
in a station built for munchkins, in a tight turn, that used to drive me nuts!
I will seriously disagree with this statement. I've had the opportunity to race citizen GS courses with "regular" poles and "shorty" poles. I found the shorty poles to be soooo much easier. As you're leaning into a turn with a "regular" race gate, you're in all likelihood going to hit the thing which causes me at least to "brace" for the impact, or to otherwise alter the line I wanted to take. Either one destroys whatever edge grip you have which scrubs speed, which slows you down, which...
With a shorty gate you can just cruise right over it. No impact, no fear (well, less fear), you just keep your eye on the line.
Plus, when I inevitably take a tumble (some of us fall LM !), the shorty gates hurt a lot less.
Of course, you and I sound like we have different race course fears. I have "issues" about hitting a piece of plastic at 25mph, and you apparently have reservations about being told where to turn!