“The bell” is a significant part of a bike race. It is the single decisive way that riders know when there is a prime on the line, and more importantly, when they are starting their last lap. Announcers come to learn the importance of “the bell” and each develop their own method and technique for ringing it. Here is a video of Jamie Smith during the last lap of the Air Force Cycling Classic. Methodical. Controlled. Decisive.
This is Jeff Roake at last week’s Nature Valley Grand Prix. Intense. Focused. Is he OK?
I’m still working on perfecting my technique.