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Re: General news season 2015
« Reply #60 on: March 04, 2015, 07:51 »
Choo-choo! :D

So, daddy is English, mummy Scottish, and he himself Aussie? Those Commonwealth allegiances confuse me. :S
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    Re: General news season 2015
    « Reply #61 on: March 04, 2015, 07:52 »
    Choo-choo! :D

    So, daddy is English, mummy Scottish, and he himself Aussie? Those Commonwealth allegiances confuse me. :S

    Yes, it can be hard, but he be one to watch though
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    Re: General news season 2015
    « Reply #62 on: March 04, 2015, 15:19 »
    Vansummeren speaks out on safety:
    Johan Vansummeren: more needs to be done to improve safety after spectator death
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    “If we crash, it’s often on side of the road, and how often do you have obstacles there that have nothing to do with road safety? They could do what they do in Valkenburg [for the Amstel Gold Race], where they have detachable traffic islands,” added Vansummeren.
    Detachable traffic islands sound like a solution - in theory. But Valkenburg is an exceptional case; I can't see every town council coughing up the money needed to take down/put back up their traffic islands every time a race goes through.
    And where do you stop? Only WT races? All races with WT teams participating? All UCI races? What if someone dies in a national-level junior race then?

    I agree that something needs to be done. But traffic islands aren't the easiest place to do it.
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    Re: General news season 2015
    « Reply #63 on: March 04, 2015, 16:15 »
    I agree that something needs to be done. But traffic islands aren't the easiest place to do it.

    Can't see it solved really, except of cause if municipalities stopped building traffic islands and roundabouts. Roundabouts are a terrible construction, which is terribly unsafe for cyclists, it only works when roads of the same size meet that have high amounts of trucks running there. Most traffic islands serve little purpose too really, they are meant to be making roads safer, but in fact a lot of them causes accidents instead. And narrowing roads would reduce car speed as well, or alternatively, and even better, deciding to go for cobbles instead of asphalt has the same effect. Also the two could easily be combined. Why have a real traffic island, and not just a slightly humped cobbled center island, such a design would also allow cars to make way for ambulances and firetrucks faster, and as long as this hump is less then a lane wide it won't be used by regular people for overtaking.
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    Re: General news season 2015
    « Reply #64 on: March 04, 2015, 16:39 »
    Why have a real traffic island, and not just a slightly humped cobbled center island, such a design would also allow cars to make way for ambulances and firetrucks faster, and as long as this hump is less then a lane wide it won't be used by regular people for overtaking.
    This is a good idea!

    Of course, I can imagine some pro cyclist (maybe not Vansummeren, but someone else) would still say it's too unsafe. :s
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    Re: General news season 2015
    « Reply #65 on: March 04, 2015, 18:41 »
    This is a good idea!

    Of course, I can imagine some pro cyclist (maybe not Vansummeren, but someone else) would still say it's too unsafe. :s

    I think it would be safe enough really, what would happen should be like in Roubaix where the riders try to stay on the asphalt, and off the cobbles the places where both are present. Basically you would lose places instead of faces when hitting the obstruction. Could also just have it be red asphalt, although this would lead to more people maybe driving on it I think

    Also it is actually seen as better for pedestrians, as this would work as a place for people crossing the street to be able to cross one lane at a time, basically extending this installation along the road. I have seen it in use a couple of places both in Århus and Copenhagen. 
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    Re: General news season 2015
    « Reply #66 on: March 04, 2015, 18:42 »
    The big problem of cause is who thinks of road racing bike safety when making roads, hardly anyone. Unless they are better on other parameters it won't get done.
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    Re: General news season 2015
    « Reply #67 on: March 06, 2015, 08:40 »
    http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/beating-the-numbers-game

    It is not often I applaud CN and everyone knows how much I despise Rupert Guinness but this simple, straightforward anecdotal article talking about race tactics in a bit more detail than the usual platitudes, this is really encouraging. I want to see more of it.

    Lately I had started to feel that CN was just delivering tepid race post-mortems or asking half-arsed anti-doping questions of the wrong people, but this is real bread and butter stuff and much better than the usual PR-injected filler.

    Robert Millar's columns often range from reasonable to really good but, as we all know, they're very infrequent and usually limited to the GT silly season. Meanwhile pro cycling is sooooo tactical - that is often what polarises people about it - so it is important to grasp that nettle and talk about the sometimes complicated situations that occur in races, to render these things less abstract.

    More of this.
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    Re: General news season 2015
    « Reply #68 on: March 06, 2015, 16:23 »
    Nice article. And with a little dig at Riis as well ... :D

    If only English native speakers, even those with an Amstel Gold Race on their palmarès, realised that 'winningest' isn't a word, it's an abomination. :angry
    Apparently it isn't widespread (yet) in good old *uk Albion, but the *usa 'Mericans and *au Aussies have a lot to answer for if they continue using it like they do.
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    Re: General news season 2015
    « Reply #69 on: March 12, 2015, 07:55 »
    There might be a better thread for this somewhere, but I couldn't find it. The teams are still waiting for their prize money from lots of the 2014 races in France

    https://twitter.com/raykerckhoffs/status/575910255005188097

    I don't know how unusual this is though. Recently JSG posted something about the MSR prize money from 2014, so that nearly took a year as well.
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    Re: General news season 2015
    « Reply #70 on: March 16, 2015, 20:04 »
    Jesus, *dk DCU really isn't working as an organisation ... :S

    http://feltet.dk/nyheder/dcu_skal_have_ny_direktoer_igen/
    The contract with director David Gullberg has been "terminated in mutual understanding".

    He was hired less than 1.5 years ago, after Jesper Worre (Tour of Denmark race director) 'chose' to concentrate on the race alone - there had been arguments about a conflict of interest.
    Now Gullberg is gone again - according to DCU he didn't "meet the economical goals".

    A temporary leadership group has been formed, including DCU president Niels Sørensen, Lars Bonde (responsible for the national teams etc.) and two others.
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    Re: General news season 2015
    « Reply #71 on: March 20, 2015, 07:18 »
    Firenze 2013: Some hotels still haven't been paid (in *it)

    Some sort of organisational cock-up means that several of the hotels hosting teams at the Firenze Worlds haven't seen their money yet. :(
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    Re: General news season 2015
    « Reply #72 on: March 23, 2015, 17:13 »
    Juanjo Cobo will return to racing for the Zugor - Comillas MTB race this sunday

    http://biciciclismo.com/es/juanjo-cobo-en-la-zugor-comillas-2015-23-03-2015?loc=on
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    Re: General news season 2015
    « Reply #73 on: March 23, 2015, 18:59 »
    http://road.cc/content/news/146616-disc-brakes-be-permitted-peloton-2017

    Disc brakes in two years, plus the possibility of an adjustment to the 6.8kg weight limit. Manufacturers rejoice!
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    Re: General news season 2015
    « Reply #74 on: March 24, 2015, 12:33 »
    not sure where this best fits as we have no gen classic news thread

    https://twitter.com/cyclingweekly/status/580345905490096128
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    Re: General news season 2015
    « Reply #75 on: March 25, 2015, 07:59 »
    https://twitter.com/CyclingAus/status/580638593410023424

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    Re: General news season 2015
    « Reply #76 on: April 01, 2015, 13:05 »
    http://feltet.dk/nyheder/afsloering_riis_har_en_plan_b/

    Bjarne Riis' son Thomas Nybo Riis tweeted a statement from his dad asking for quiet and patience.

    Why Thomas and not Bjarne himself, you ask? Well ... Thomas is a rider at TreFor-Blue Water, the Continental team that grew out of Herning CK.
    Riis will return to his roots for 2016, teaming up with his former rider Allan Johansen.

    #trefor TreFor-Blue Water will become a ProConti team, with Riis as manager and Johansen as one of the DSs. :)
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    Re: General news season 2015
    « Reply #77 on: April 14, 2015, 11:53 »
    Today, the AIGCP and the CPA have called upon the UCI and AIOCC (Association of Race Organizers) to have a meeting on safety in bike races.
    Cycling is a dangerous sport with ever changing circuits and roads. The safety and health of the riders is however one of the biggest assets the sport has, for teams it is definitely the biggest asset they have. As where organisers are doing there upmost to make racing attractive for the fans, we must safeguard the safety aspect of it all.
    The past facts in the races in the first months of the season are NOT incidents. To us, incidents happen when all rules are met, all precautions have been carefully looked at and then something happens which no-one could foresee in the wildest imagination. The UCI can only react in all circumstances, it must wait for the report of the president of the jury, it can only call for an investigation etc etc. We believe everybody wants safe roads for our athletes to ride on. True racing, where no-one is rules out because of unsafe roads.
    Teams and riders are turned upside-down constantly with the maximal scrutiny and although it is sometimes uncomfortable, it has brought the sport forward. It is time we openly reflect on how we can contribute to the efforts to make races safer and still being attractive. Therefore, the CPA and the AIGCP have invited the UCI and AIOCC to sit down and change the sport in this respect.
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    Re: General news season 2015
    « Reply #80 on: May 18, 2015, 13:40 »
    Here's an article with #onepro One Pro Cycling co-founder & -owner, cricketer Matt Prior.
    (thanks to Ram for the heads-up)

    A.o. some interesting points about long-term identifiability and sponsorship.
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    Re: General news season 2015
    « Reply #82 on: May 18, 2015, 16:47 »
    Been talking about it and trying to make it happen for decades now. Hard to find a way to make the transfer across the Atlantic ocean make any sense.
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    Re: General news season 2015
    « Reply #83 on: May 18, 2015, 18:24 »
    no idea what exactly he is saying there, but Reda seems not to be exactly happy about having been thrown out of the race while being in the lead of the Rás

    https://twitter.com/francesco_reda/status/600349692879220737
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    Re: General news season 2015
    « Reply #84 on: May 18, 2015, 18:26 »
    I call BS.
    Vegni delivered some quotes that leaves a lot to interpretation, but are essentially noncommittal:

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    "We want to bring the Giro experience to growing European economies, and to other regions, like the United States and East Asia."
    - Foreign starts (in Europe) every second year are normal for the Giro by now, and RCS are expanding internationally in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. I'd expect some new RCS races (or even only more Gran Fondos) in *usa and *th soonishly.

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    "The Giro in the United States could be an opportunity that is closer than people think."
    - so instead of 100% impossible it's 99% impossible ... :P
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    Re: General news season 2015
    « Reply #85 on: May 18, 2015, 18:28 »
    no idea what exactly he is saying there, but Reda seems not to be exactly happy about having been thrown out of the race while being in the lead of the Rás

    https://twitter.com/francesco_reda/status/600349692879220737
    Reports suggest he held onto the team car, and continued to do so after being warned:
    http://www.stickybottle.com/latest-news/italian-ras-yellow-jersey-reda-has-been-disqualified-from-race/

    That is a DQ offense, for anyone.
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    Re: General news season 2015
    « Reply #86 on: May 18, 2015, 19:00 »
    in case it's true, yes.

    His victory on yesterday’s stage was a major embarrassment to the race as he had just returned from a ban imposed for missing drug testing.

    [...]

    No photos of him in the yellow jersey were released by the race last night, which is unusual in the Rás which is heavily branded and promoted by sponsor An Post.


    ...sounds as if they were happy to find an opportunity to kick him out of the race though
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    Re: General news season 2015
    « Reply #87 on: May 18, 2015, 19:49 »
    ...sounds as if they were happy to find an opportunity to kick him out of the race though
    Oh, I'm sure they were!
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    Re: General news season 2015
    « Reply #88 on: May 18, 2015, 22:57 »
    More on the Reda case, with reactions from the commissaire & race director, also citing a moto marshal eyewitness (and interestingly, #idea DS Alberto Elli refused to comment):
    http://www.stickybottle.com/latest-news/ras-chief-commissiare-and-race-director-speak-out-on-yellow-jersey-controversy/
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    Re: General news season 2015
    « Reply #89 on: May 19, 2015, 11:06 »
    More on the Reda case, with reactions from the commissaire & race director, also citing a moto marshal eyewitness (and interestingly, #idea DS Alberto Elli refused to comment):
    http://www.stickybottle.com/latest-news/ras-chief-commissiare-and-race-director-speak-out-on-yellow-jersey-controversy/

    Ho hum, that's racing xenophobia:

    Quote from: Ras organiser
    We can’t have fellows coming, foreign people coming in and just disobeying the rules.

    Quote from: Team Idea DS
    Go and talk to the race people, the Irish, like you

    Quote from: Reda
    The stench of sh*t Irish sheep from the head to the UCI jury the tour Ireland and the organization

    ;)
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