Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Auburn, WA 98401
Joss, corner workers will give you a flag color to tell you when to hold the line because you are about to be passed, at least if they have time to do that in advance, so you needn't worry about looking back.
"Passer" is responsible for making a clean pass, but the "passee" cannot escape blame if he/she is a total bumblesnoot and is moving side to side unpredictably.
That is, UNLESS there is a lot of traffic passing you already and you are going to make a change in your line of travel (as in, engine or mechanical failure to get to the side of the track, or some tactical reason). So you might have to turn your head in some cases.
One other thing, the "passer", when overtaking right before or during a turn, should whenever possible, overtake a slower bike on an INSIDE LINE so that if the "passee" loses it, the centrifugal force on the turn will take them away from you, not INTO you (if you pass on their outside).
"...If you can meet with triumph and disaster, and treat those two imposters the same....you'll be a Man, my Son!"
- Rudyard Kipling