Who'd be the parent of a bike racer? The only task more thankless must be volunteering to be an official at a bike race.
This year, for the first time, my two have been competing all over the UK in National track and road racing competitions, as well as locally. And, mostly, the officials do a great job. They give up their time to support grass roots sport and by and large, they do the best job they can with the best of intentions.
But that's not much consolation to a kid when they get it wrong.
A couple of very different recent examples. This Monday at Reading's superb Monday Night Track League Mark Baxter picked up a couple of second places. Not bad - especially considering he wasn't there.
At the Midland Area Youth Tour my daughter punctured with two laps to go on the last stage. The support vehicle was carrying a spare wheel for her, but she wasn't part of the leading bunch, so she was left to walk 2 miles back to race HQ.
But, as a parent, what do you do? Most of us have helped out at these events. We've probably all made mistakes. And I've not seen any examples of 'mistakes' being made deliberately to influence results.
Do you appeal? Do you complain? Do you take it on the chin?