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Milton Keynes UCI Cyclo x
« on: November 29, 2014, 19:19 »
So world tour cyclo cross finally leaves the continent and hits Blighty.  What a fantastic day, incredible weather, great course, committed and closely contested races, and 10,000 fans adding to Britain's recent scrapbook of infatuation with all things cycling.

Women's race was too close too call even from the scramble we made to within 10m of the line, whilst men's race featured a 5 strong dogfight and the intriguing sub-plot of God like Nys climbing back through the field of mortals after a first lap bike change.  Even he can't give 15 or so years and 30 seconds to that field, but what joy in seeing him 'charge' for the rest of the race.

Although we have dabbled participating in local races, we truly fell in love with cyclo cross today...

Now I know a great fire pit steak restaurant in Namur...    :cool
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    Re: Milton Keynes UCI Cyclo x
    « Reply #1 on: November 29, 2014, 22:27 »
    I had only watched very brief highlights of any cyclocross before today, but I watched most of the women's, and all of the men's, and I might just be hooked.
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    Re: Milton Keynes UCI Cyclo x
    « Reply #2 on: November 29, 2014, 23:10 »
    Yes, despite Milton Keynes being a sh*t town, today did it proud. Very good races today on an unusual and challenging parcours which tested the best.

    All was well organised to the extent that Flemish TV made quite a big deal about it (it recognises the need to make CX global, so long as Flemish riders dominate ;)). There was even talk of how suitable it was as a World Championship course for the near future. Praise indeed!

    Crowds too! How desolate it always was in Italy or the Basque Country whenever they had World Cup rounds (even the French ones weren't so well supported), but here folks turned out in droves, so I was pleased to see that.

    If the money and support is there, MK should definitely be on the calendar in the future.  :cool
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    Re: Milton Keynes UCI Cyclo x
    « Reply #3 on: November 30, 2014, 09:30 »
    Great, for those of you hooked now: be here on 15.00 today for the next round in the BPost Bank Trofee! ;)

    As for today's race, I unfortunately missed it. I watched some highlights though, and this race seems to be a great addition to the calendar. The UCI's attempts to internationalise the sport don't always work - the race in Rome for instance barely attracted any crowds and the parcours was't all that either. But the British have given us a great parcours, a true mud-cross. And they came out to watch in big numbers. Great to see that the success of road cycling in Britain also extends to cyclocross. More of the same for next year please!

    And the race itself, Pauwels seems very strong at the moment while for Nys this looks to finally be that one year to many in his career. Van der Haar needs to find his top form after his recent illness, but in top form he can challenge Pauwels and win a few more races. I was also happy to see Mourey back in an international race; he is one of the few non Lowlanders who can compete on the highest level and it would be a shame to miss him during the season.
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    Re: Milton Keynes UCI Cyclo x
    « Reply #4 on: December 02, 2014, 10:46 »
    As someone who took a chance on another country myself, albeit with somewhat more calculation and possibly maturity, Wyman's move to Belgium was what interested me moreso than sporting politics.

    It is a bold step to take and I think perhaps her references to the Olympics are as much about making moves without the cushioning of a national programme as they are about medal chances. There was no such infrastructure anyway when I was of an age to try for a pro career but that does not subtract from what a big deal it is to come here and try out.

    Wyman knows that and thus makes it sound more like a Dick Whittington-style adventure rather than a big, brave confrontation with one's adult self sooner than most folks have to do it, which is how I personally see it. She writes about the sporting perspective but, as Kimmage's autobiography memorably relates, you are not on the bike all of the time.

    That said, I completely agree with it. Screw the Olympics, screw the officialised system and screw waiting for your day to come, which is just one day every four years. Better to get out there, earn some money, travel around and race every week. Even if, somewhat irritatingly, you do have to clean your own bike.  :cool
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    Re: Milton Keynes UCI Cyclo x
    « Reply #5 on: December 04, 2014, 19:01 »
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    Re: Milton Keynes UCI Cyclo x
    « Reply #6 on: December 12, 2014, 10:53 »
    The discussion about Cyclo-cross as an Olympic event has been forked to a separate thread.
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