In professional cycling, the “patron of the peloton” is essentially the figurehead of any bunch ride. He is not necessarily the best rider, but he is the most respected and the unspoken leader. He’s the guy who shouts “piss stop!” and everyone stops. He is the guy who is able to say “single up!” and everyone singles up. Nearly every bunch includes one rider like this and it’s always handy to know who this person is. We’ve never really witnessed one in triathlon – the fear of being ostracized by the powers that be is too great.
Could Chrissie Wellington be the “Patron” of the Pro Ranks? It’s nice to see someone step up and voice their opinion without fear of being shunned. The sport definitely needs one! Good on ya Chrissie!