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Re: Track - General news thread
« Reply #60 on: July 18, 2012, 22:37 »
Certainly agree regarding her mental fragility - and she is the first to credit Steve Peters with all the work that he has done with her over the years.  She's spoken in the past about struggling with motivation after Beijing, and obviously her fiancee leaving the BC set up and her being isolated wouldn't have helped.  As she intimated as well, she's often felt the pressure to succeed just to be accepted within BC.  She is seen as the female Hoy - and at a slight tangent, I think part of the reason behind the restructuring of the Olympic track programme was due  to the fact that she could only win 1 gold in Beijing whereas Hoy got 3, and Chris Hoy is Chris Hoy - a Velodrome legend, so quite an imposing individual to be compared to!

On the track, you're right; Meares has the brute power, Pendleton - when on top form, has that X factor I think.  Either way, fingers crossed that they meet in the final, and it should be one of the top races in the Velodrome. 
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    Re: Track - General news thread
    « Reply #61 on: October 30, 2012, 19:48 »
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    Re: Track - General news thread
    « Reply #64 on: November 22, 2012, 15:19 »
    From the Twitterz..

    @mrendell Quite a lot of people hurt during the making of this video: http://www.trackworldcup.co.uk/News/Article/1561/1

    Crashes from Glasgow compilation. Ouch.
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    Re: Track - General news thread
    « Reply #65 on: December 03, 2012, 07:22 »
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    Re: Track - General news thread
    « Reply #66 on: December 21, 2012, 10:05 »
    Ross Edgar to take to the road. Small article in todays Telegraph.
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    Re: Track - General news thread
    « Reply #67 on: December 21, 2012, 10:16 »
    Good for him his place in the Team Sprint was increasingly becoming more non existent.. what with them trying Clancy there before him and all that.

    There is a niche there but I do not think it is for him especially as there are some talented youngsters coming through..
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    Re: Track - General news thread
    « Reply #68 on: January 04, 2013, 16:40 »
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/20911244

    Whatever it is that Hoy is wearing, I like it  :)
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    Re: Track - General news thread
    « Reply #69 on: January 06, 2013, 18:56 »
    Yep they are going well. And good to see our friend Iljo Keisse flourishing once again alongside one of my favourite riders.
    http://velonews.competitor.com/2013/01/news/keisse-terpstra-take-control-in-rotterdam-hoy-leads-sprinters_270580

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    “This is good,” Keisse said, “but it’s still a long way to go. [Peter] Schep and [Wim] Stroetinga picked up a lot of points. No, we have only just begun.”

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    Chris Hoy took the lead in the sprint tournament. The six-time Olympic champion won the match sprint, the 200-meter time trial and the team sprint on Saturday.

    Great to see Sir Chris doing well. Apparently he was the first one back training after the Olympics :pray
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    Re: Track - General news thread
    « Reply #70 on: January 07, 2013, 11:51 »
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    Re: Track - General news thread
    « Reply #72 on: February 01, 2013, 11:24 »
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    Re: Track - General news thread
    « Reply #73 on: February 06, 2013, 01:04 »
    Clancey 'abandons' team sprint in favour of pursuit.

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    Re: Track - General news thread
    « Reply #74 on: February 06, 2013, 03:47 »
    No more Hoy = many many fewer team sprint medals for GB.
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    Re: Track - General news thread
    « Reply #75 on: February 06, 2013, 22:11 »
    Clancey 'abandons' team sprint in favour of pursuit.

    Guardian Article :link
    Wonder how long that took him to figure out  :rolleye
    Also a lot more dependancy on Kenny. Hoy is a real engine but Kenny does have speed. They need to really get the combination right though.
    You would never have thought prior to the Olympics that they had got it right for the TS, but in the end they got it bang on. Hindes is also talented and there are now two spaces up for grabs really as Kenny is assured of a place you would think, I really like the looks of Daniels.
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    Re: Track - General news thread
    « Reply #77 on: February 12, 2013, 21:12 »
    That is a bit random. I can't imagine they are that, that interested and I don't think Cav has ever properly ridden the TP.

    Though on that note there have been noises made about changes to the track allotment for the Olympics. Possibly the Omnium out and Chris Hoy's Kilo in and maybe one or two more to bolster the ranks of disciplines after the reduction for 2012.
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    Re: Track - General news thread
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    Re: Track - General news thread
    « Reply #80 on: April 15, 2013, 16:29 »
    A bit sad that he won't make it to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next year but understandable.
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    Re: Track - General news thread
    « Reply #81 on: April 18, 2013, 12:20 »
    As expected...

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/22198392

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    Re: Track - General news thread
    « Reply #82 on: April 18, 2013, 12:29 »
    Absolutely.
    Respect to him for making this decision. Commonwealth Games in your home country, in a velodrome named after you, must have been hard to give up on as a final farewell, hats off that he lets the younger riders take the stage.
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    Re: Track - General news thread
    « Reply #83 on: April 18, 2013, 13:31 »
    End of an era. Arguably the greatest kilo rider of his generation, and to go from that to being the dominant force in men's Kierin for half a decade as well as a champion match sprinter sets him on another level from most track riders.
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    Re: Track - General news thread
    « Reply #84 on: April 18, 2013, 13:42 »
    Yup, must have been a heartbreaker of call to make. But I am sure they'll squeeze in a way to solute him and his career over in Glasgow.

    I suspect that without Hoy cycling wouldn't quite be the headline grabber that it currently is, in the UK. His success opened (and kept open) quite a few doors for others to pile through.

    It's befitting he's making room for those that followed, who earned their place to ride too. And who will have to carry the torch from this point out. A home crowd introduction without having to ride in his 'last ride' shadow will benefit them too.

    The buzz in Edinburgh when he brought his medals back 'home' was great. More folk who trotted out to see the open bus tour(s) than we get to the city centre crits they have been staging (since).

    Alex Salmond will have to shelf a dream pre-independence photo opp though. In the run up to that, he'd love to have had another big blip on the Scottish-pride radar.
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    Re: Track - General news thread
    « Reply #85 on: April 18, 2013, 14:43 »
    to me, that is just class. 

    To be able to say "I dont think I am the best choice for my country" and let someone else do it is just selfless.

    Kudos to you Sir.
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    Re: Track - General news thread
    « Reply #86 on: April 18, 2013, 18:47 »
    A great rider, a great champion, and a great ambassador for both his sport and cycling in the UK in general.  Chapeau, and thanks for the memories Chris.

     
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    Re: Track - General news thread
    « Reply #87 on: August 22, 2013, 21:31 »
    So, it looks like Sir Bradley is not the only one with one eye on Rio 2016 already...

    http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/latest/540034/mark-cavendish-to-make-return-to-track-competition.html

    Cav will team up with Owain Doull, the reigning British IP champion who took bronze in the 2012 British Madison Championships, at the International Belgian Open on September 6th. He'll take to the boards for the Scratch race, as well.

    This is all because of the stupid interesting new rules governing qualification for the UCI World Cups and World Championships. Cycling Weekly say Olympic selection is affected, too, but I think they're wrong. The BOC will pick Team GB for Rio, with little or no regard for the men at Aigle (even if it's Brian Cookson at the time...)
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    Re: Track - General news thread
    « Reply #88 on: September 25, 2013, 17:33 »
    The London velodrome which hosted cycling at the 2012 Olympics is to stage the 2016 Track World Championships
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