Dear racelab team!
THE SAG WAGON!
Riding up Mount Lemmon, and hoping to see the Sag wagon soon :-), some started wondering why it is called SAG.
It is a term that is used in the cycling community and it can mean Supplies And Gear, Support And Gear or Support Aid Group...or it can simply refer to the rescuing or support of the "sagging cyclists" that are trailing behind the pack.
Call it what we want, it is great to have the SAG wagon there for anything we may need during a long, hot and difficult bike ride. It carries water, food, tools, trash bags, toilet paper :-), jackets...anything you want to bring on a bike ride!
It also provides protection, making other car drivers aware of cyclist ahead.
The driver of the SAG wagon sets the example to other drivers, like slowing down when passing the cyclists, maintaining the distance between the car and the cyclists and respecting the 3 FEET LAW, and turning on the emergency lights when driving slowly next to a cyclist or when stopping.
Sometimes it is not easy to be the SAG wagon driver. In a group that spreads out, there can be significant distance between the leaders and the "saggers", and it can get complicated to provide everybody with the necessary support at the right time.
It is important that the cyclists know how to utilize the SAG :-)
Yes, there are some rules that will help get the best support of the SAG.
- ALWAYS carry a cell phone with you and the number of the SAG driver.
- Carry enough supplies for 2-3 tire changes.
- Have enough fuel and water for at least 2 hours at all time.
- Re-stock your nutrition and hydration when you see the SAG.
- Don't wait until you are empty, the SAG may not be there at that moment.
- If the SAG stops at the side of the road, this is a good opportunity to re-stock.
- Stopping for a couple of minutes will not disturb your workout!
- If the SAG passes you and you need assistance, then lift your arm to signal to stop.
- The driver always looks through the rearview mirror and can see your sign.
- If the SAG hasn't passed you in a while and you need assistance and can't continue to ride, then wait for it in a shade.
- If the SAG just passed you and you need assistance, call the driver on your cell.
- If you don't have a signal and cannot call, then wait in the shade. Eventually the SAG will look for you and will pick you up.
- Be patient...you can be sure the SAG is looking out for everybody, and it may take a while to get from one end of the group to the other.
There are many things that can happen during a ride and the longer the ride the higher the risks. So the best thing is to prevent and to be prepared. It is very beneficial to ride in the group and to know the course. That way, even if something happens we'll be looking out for you and make sure you are safe.
It would be great if everybody had the experience of driving the SAG at least once, in order to understand both sides of the ride.
Please let us know when you would like to SAG for the team!
Happy and safe training!
PS... some came up with other definitions of SAG: Slow And Groovy, Singing And Giggling, Slow Ass Gang, Scattered And Gappy, Stuff And Gadgets ...any other ideas???? :-)