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Re: 'Mandela Day' Jersey In Tour de France?

17 January 2015 - 9:51am
Firstly let me make my position clear... this is not about Mandela, South Africa, the demise of Apartheid or the rise of equality... it is about the introduction of special strips for specific days or events.



It is a difficult one, especially as there is a "Hierarchy" of celebratory days


Should an Irish rider be allowed to commemorate the Battle of the Boyne which is unique to a group of Irish, but not a recognised national Public Holiday

Bastille Day celebration has a better argument in that it is a nationally recognised Public Holiday, but is still unique to the French

Mandela Day is however a formal "International Day and therefore not unique to one particular group or country, in theory being an international celebration. There is a stronger argument because of this.

So let us (for a moment) allow a Mandela Day shirt to be worn because it is a UN declared "International Day".... and look at the issues that would raise

World Population Day also falls within the Tour's dates ..... If we allow Mandela Day, then on the same grounds teams wishing to wear a special strip for this event should also be allowed.

Then we also have on the opening day of the Tour the International Day of Cooperatives, again this would have an equal "right" to be celebrated and team strips changed


... and that is also before we look at the international mix that is professional cycling........ is it just teams or can individuals participate?

If the South African team wear a Mandela strip, should a South African member of another team also be allowed to wear that strip as well?
Then we could ask whether a non South African member of another team who supports Mandela Day be allowed to wear a specific strip?

My personal opinion is that it would become too complex and the strips could be kept to the standard

Riders can be free (outside sponsorship commitments) to show solidarity by wearing wrist bands, or there can be small (or even large) logos on a strip to promote a charity

Surely this would be a better way forward?

'Mandela Day' Jersey In Tour de France?

16 January 2015 - 7:00pm
MTN-Qhubeka Team Manager Brian Smith wants his riders to be allowed to wear a special 'Mandela Day' jersey in the Tour de France:

“Especially having Mandela Day on July 18 – if the ASO allow us to wear a special jersey then that will be special and another great day for everyone associated with us.”

Read more at http://roadcyclinguk.com/racing/intervi ... tYEkLUb.99

How wonderful.

I have always been of the opinion that politics should be kept out of sport.

Re: Inclusion of African Team in TdF

15 January 2015 - 7:15am
Vorpal wrote:If the media cared, they'd ignore rowing. And golf.

And darts.

Re: Inclusion of African Team in TdF

15 January 2015 - 6:29am
Valbrona wrote:Yes, it is great that a team based on the African continent has been included in the Tour. But over the years I look for reasons why cycling has made little appearance on terrestrial TV and I think one of the reasons is that it doesn't fit the media idea of an 'inclusive sport'.
If the media cared, they'd ignore rowing. And golf.

Re: hour record.

15 January 2015 - 6:09am
The team have not yet cancelled his attempt, though I guess that is the likely outcome. They are going to evaluate after his surgery.

Poor Alex

Re: hour record.

15 January 2015 - 3:51am
Very unfortunate for Alex Dowsett to have broken his collarbone during the build up to a record attempt.

Re: Inclusion of African Team in TdF

15 January 2015 - 3:33am
Yes, it is great that a team based on the African continent has been included in the Tour. But over the years I look for reasons why cycling has made little appearance on terrestrial TV and I think one of the reasons is that it doesn't fit the media idea of an 'inclusive sport'.

Re: Fawning Over Inclusion of African Team in TdF

14 January 2015 - 11:21pm
I'm glad they're there. Not because they're African but because Qhubeka help people get bikes.

Re: Fawning Over Inclusion of African Team in TdF

14 January 2015 - 10:44pm
That's a lot of err.. anger... in one post. Do you hate the left wing media, Africans, Marxists, or people who hate cycling sports? I cant really tell.

I've seen one article in I think the Indy (could have been the guardian, ot pinged in my twitter feed) wouldn't really say that's then not stopping talking about them...

Re: Fawning Over Inclusion of African Team in TdF

14 January 2015 - 10:32pm
Valbrona wrote:It is only January and the Marxist media can't stop talking about the Tour de France on account of the inclusion of an African-based team comprising some ethnic African riders. The Marxist-haters of the sport of cycling because it is 'too white' will be pleased no end. We might even see some of this years Tour de France on terrestrial TV on account of the inclusion of MTN-Qhubeka.

It's been on ITV4 for several years.

Inclusion of African Based Team in TdF

14 January 2015 - 9:16pm
It is only January and the media can't stop talking about the Tour de France on account of the inclusion of an African-based team comprising some African riders. The media that do not like the sport of cycling because it is 'too white' will be pleased no end. We might even see some of this years Tour de France on terrestrial TV on account of the inclusion of MTN-Qhubeka.

Re: Jens gets Hour record

14 January 2015 - 12:03pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/30813902

Alex Dowsett has broken his collarbone, so looks like his attempt is off for now, and..

'Australians Jack Bobridge and Rohan Dennis will make their own bids to beat Brandle's mark on 31 January and 8 February respectively.'

LA VUELTA 2015 route announced

11 January 2015 - 12:23pm
La vuelta 2015 route was revealed yesterday; at first glance looks interesting to say the least: http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/2015-vu ... -two-weeks

Re: A sunday in hell

11 January 2015 - 12:21pm
thanks for the heads up on this latest 'you tube' availability; look forward to watching this again; quite beautiful film making

Re: A sunday in hell

8 January 2015 - 9:50pm
Back on youtube in full for the first time in a while.

Re: CTC Launch Women's Race Team

2 January 2015 - 7:49pm
Council Meeting Minutes October 2013:
7.3 Team CTC
Gordon Seabright presented his paper and hoped that Council would support his recommendation. He advised that lessons had been learnt in the first year – one thing being that the Team didn’t do enough Charity events the other was not enough Press or Media coverage. Even when we were in the lead the TV coverage didn’t mention Team CTC and a complaint was sent to ITV. We now have a Press Volunteer who now covers all the races. Gordon confirmed that there was a good indication that sponsors will sign up again for 2014 at the same level of sponsorship as 2013. If we do not secure funding then Team CTC would not run in 2014.

Most Councillors fully supported this paper and therefore agreed if funding is secured.

Council Minutes January 2014:
13 Chief Executives Report
Gordon Seabright referred to his paper circulated and highlighted points that have been raised since the circulation of the paper.

•To date no financial support has been identified for Team CTC so it will not be going forward in 2014.

Re: Jens gets Hour record

1 January 2015 - 7:06pm
That is so ugly. And what's going on with the saddle?

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