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Armistead Down And Out................

18 June 2015 - 1:06pm
Hi I always cringe when I see Motorcycles and Cars pass riders on tour with Recklessness.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/33170616
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So why oh why does the finish of races always have obstacles in the path of speeding cyclist

Re: Dauphine pic, when you've given everything & just fell s

18 June 2015 - 12:49pm
Hi,
Watched it with great interest.
Its was 50 / 50 whether Froomee would make up the 18 seconds...........and he did because he went earlier (2.5k) than the ten seconds before at 2k.
That's close 18 seconds behind and 18 seconds won on the last stage, riveting stuff and a well deserved grimace from Froome crossing the line.

Without bonuses on last stage they'ed have drawed on time, he actually only needed the 15 seconds with TJ coming second, but TJ was further back anyway.

Froomee didn't need to win he is peeking just in time for Tour.

TJ will have to take a leaf out of Froomee's training book on cadence 90 - 105 opposed to TJ's 85..........................................

Re: Inclusion of African Based Team in TdF

16 June 2015 - 12:56pm
Valbrona wrote:We might even see some of this years Tour de France on terrestrial TV on account of the inclusion of MTN-Qhubeka.
Have you not discovered ITV4 yet?
They have had the Tour on for a few years, initially just highlights, but also live coverage of (part) stages recently.

Dauphine pic, when you've given everything & just fell short

15 June 2015 - 2:50am
Saw this today, Teejay van Garderin after losing yellow in the last km of the Criterium du Dauphine as Chris Froome pulled away just enough to beat him by 10 seconds overall
That's a man busted physically & mentally.
Photo by James Startt

Re: Inclusion of African Based Team in TdF

14 June 2015 - 10:02pm
Or have battery replacement drones, that will fly up and change the batteries in-flight, that would be great. Snack delivery drones, merchandise delivery drones, I mean for the spectators, not as suggested by amazon to deliver parcels to your door.

Re: Doping culture still exists.

14 June 2015 - 12:20am
I'm amazed some people think pro athletes are clean,there are probably more clean now than ever,but anyone who thinks pro sport of any kind is clean is deluded.

Re: Inclusion of African Based Team in TdF

13 June 2015 - 2:36pm
Not really, the drones just need to know who to follow.

A small beacon on the handlebars of the riders and bingo...
Something tracks their location and automatically gets a drone on the head of each group and the tail of the peloton.

Maybe a pilot or two for peloton crashes?

Might want a couple of people to ensure that the forests and/or mountains don't get in the way.

The relay power isn't too bad - although it might take a few drones flying relays for a whole stage...

Re: Inclusion of African Team in TdF

12 June 2015 - 5:11pm
mjr wrote:Tacascarow wrote:It's an expensive sport to televise compared to stadium based sports, in equipment & manpower. & IMHO other than the occasional spills (which the cameras are nearly always late for) rather boring to watch, (other than the scenery).
It's going to get cheaper, as small drones replace the manned helicopter/plane cameras/relays. They're being used for amateur races (recorded online coverage only AFAIK) so I guess the extra power demand of the relay task might still be a problem.

Is it really expensive? Or is it just that the costs of wiring a stadium up for pictures is a pay-one/use-many deal, whereas cycling set-up costs has to be paid each event/series?

Plus you also need to address the matter of doping, which whether true or false is a stigma still firmly attached to the sport & very much to the tour?
I'm not sure that's unique to cycling. I feel there's a growing disquiet that it's not being talked about in coverage of many other sports... I hope that the recent Panorama might encourage more questions, but there's so many ex-pros involved in sports coverage that omerta will probably prevail again.
I agree drones & also onboard cameras will make televising the sport cheaper & more interesting. Although still costly in manpower. Each drone will require a pilot & cameraman & you will need many over a long days riding plus the logistics of moving them on every day.
I don't disagree with you as regards to doping & other elite sport. As long as big money & sport have mixed cheating has ocurred, (although predominately equine in the past). But that stigma is very firmly attached to competitive cycling whether we like it or not.
I think the fans are as guilty as the industry as well, look how many here on this forum wouldn't accept Lance Armstrongs guilt even when the evidence was stacked against him.

Re: Ausies in the TdF?

12 June 2015 - 4:58pm
[XAP]Bob wrote:GrumpyGit wrote:I've heard that there are plans to enter an Australian team in the TdF as soon as they can work out how to fit cleats to their flip-flops!
http://blog.centurycycles.com/2012/04/n ... -flip.html





Splendid, I must get some !!!

Re: Inclusion of African Based Team in TdF

12 June 2015 - 1:23pm
Hope you are not too traumatized

Re: Inclusion of African Team in TdF

12 June 2015 - 10:07am
Tacascarow wrote:It's an expensive sport to televise compared to stadium based sports, in equipment & manpower. & IMHO other than the occasional spills (which the cameras are nearly always late for) rather boring to watch, (other than the scenery).
It's going to get cheaper, as small drones replace the manned helicopter/plane cameras/relays. They're being used for amateur races (recorded online coverage only AFAIK) so I guess the extra power demand of the relay task might still be a problem.

Is it really expensive? Or is it just that the costs of wiring a stadium up for pictures is a pay-one/use-many deal, whereas cycling set-up costs has to be paid each event/series?

Plus you also need to address the matter of doping, which whether true or false is a stigma still firmly attached to the sport & very much to the tour?
I'm not sure that's unique to cycling. I feel there's a growing disquiet that it's not being talked about in coverage of many other sports... I hope that the recent Panorama might encourage more questions, but there's so many ex-pros involved in sports coverage that omerta will probably prevail again.

Re: Inclusion of African Team in TdF

12 June 2015 - 9:02am
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'.
It's an expensive sport to televise compared to stadium based sports, in equipment & manpower. & IMHO other than the occasional spills (which the cameras are nearly always late for) rather boring to watch, (other than the scenery).
Plus you also need to address the matter of doping, which whether true or false is a stigma still firmly attached to the sport & very much to the tour?

Re: Ausies in the TdF?

12 June 2015 - 8:54am
GrumpyGit wrote:I've heard that there are plans to enter an Australian team in the TdF as soon as they can work out how to fit cleats to their flip-flops!
http://blog.centurycycles.com/2012/04/n ... -flip.html



Re: Inclusion of African Based Team in TdF

12 June 2015 - 7:28am
Good team. Qhubeka do a lot of good work .

Re: Inclusion of African Based Team in TdF

12 June 2015 - 6:38am
There was some controversy over their strip though

They want to wear specific strip on "Mandela day" which is something that was refused

Re: Inclusion of African Based Team in TdF

11 June 2015 - 9:25pm
I've been watching MTN Qhubeka in the Norwegian races, and I'd say they look quite good. I wish them well of the TdF.

Ausies in the TdF?

11 June 2015 - 8:07pm
I've heard that there are plans to enter an Australian team in the TdF as soon as they can work out how to fit cleats to their flip-flops!

Re: hour record.

11 June 2015 - 9:40am
Dorset was also aiming at the old record, he's got a decade of career left to try again, aiming at the new record...

Re: hour record.

9 June 2015 - 11:50am
Alex Dowsett was always going to get beaten by Wiggins. He's not in the same class. There's a reason Dowsett rode first!

I don't think Wiggins has put the record "on the shelf" with that attempt though.

Not taking away from his 54.526km as it's a huge improvement on Alex Dowsett's mark. He was hampered slightly by the air pressure so I think anyone else seriously attempting to break Wiggo's record will probably go to altitude for maximum advantage. I believe Tony Martin could do it (certainly got the engine but lacks the track experience) and Dowsett again possibly, especially if he continues to improve over the next couple of years.

Re: hour record.

9 June 2015 - 9:27am
Hi,
Dowsett
Seemed disappointed interviewed at Criterium du Daulphine at loosing hour, he must have known that the guns were lining up.

http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2015/j ... our-record
Wiggins hopes that he has raised the bar enough to deter others, and it is likely that 7 June 2015 will become a high-water mark concluding, for a while at least, the spate of nine attempts on the Hour in the last seven months that has followed a change in the rules to permit the use of aerodynamic aids within current rules. It has been a window of opportunity that has led to the record being broken four times and it has now been slammed shut. “I think I’ve put down a big marker and people will think twice,” he said.

Well we will all go home then shan't we...............................

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