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Who knows what else may spring from the imagination of cycling fans in order to make up for a lost season, but this seems like an encouraging start. It's hard not to appreciate the spirit of this.
:cool

Maybe we could even synch a live-chat here for the occasion?

https://twitter.com/JasenThorpe/status/1239204612051099649

https://twitter.com/JasenThorpe/status/1239389679884980225

https://twitter.com/JasenThorpe/status/1240384657251684353

https://twitter.com/JasenThorpe/status/1240385876317724672

https://twitter.com/JasenThorpe/status/1240388026678812678

Could someone maybe provide a Velorooms Twitter approval/ support of their idea?
Maybe a retweet?

It seems like something we should've come up with first!   :angry :P
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    Upon further consideration, is this even feasible for the Veloroomie regulars, based on the allotted time slot?

    If I've got this right...

    Saturday, March 21

    8:00 am PST (Los Angeles)

    11:00 am EST (New York)

    3:00 pm GMT (London, England)

    4:00 pm GMT+1 (Berlin, Germany)

    11:00 pm GMT+11 (Canberra, Australia)


    If not, it could just inspire us to do something similar that better fits out collective schedules (or at least the schedules we've become accustomed to).

    And maybe something without Liggett?  :D

    Curious to get reactions. I'm just very much encouraged that someone out there thought to put this in motion.  :cool

    (The truth is, though: this is probably the worst time of day for me. It would pretty much eat up my entire afternoon, and the best daylight hours. So unless it's raining, I doubt I'll be around for this one. We'll see. A classic viewing of Paris-Roubaix in a few weeks could prove to be quite fun, though.)
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    It seems like something we should've come up with first!   :angry :P

    Some of us already did.

     I have already watched the full available coverage of Het Volk '97, '98, '99 '02 and '05, with '10 (today) '14, The Stannard show and '16 to follow.
     Most are on that cycling classics list, but here's what I have found so far:

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnc6t2N9R_6eu5tieEe0-lw/videos

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvdk8NYS7ItskDJhoTzG0Iw/videos

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4VuEss6r29YWdXa1Y4A83g/videos

    https://www.youtube.com/user/SuccessCycling/videos

    https://www.youtube.com/user/worldcyclingarchives/videos

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxgCKNwn_53aCuKP2ENoQ5w/videos

    https://www.youtube.com/user/Pixuns1/videos

    https://www.youtube.com/user/imtheocean2007/videos


    I am not a huge fan of M-SR so am sticking to the cobbled races. Next up for me will be E3.

    Anyhow, I am in if the idea has legs.
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    I’m in too.
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    Some of us already did.

    Was synchronized viewing suggested?

    The more I think about this, it could really gain some traction. I wouldn't be surprised if there was a lot Twitter buzz around this. If done right, you could even have various pros chiming in...and Liggett, too.
     :P

    It sure would be interesting, on some of these classic editions, if some of the participants from that time weighed in. There's actually a lot potential here for fun, and a bit of relief from a failed season.

    Another big plus for some of us: No failing live-feeds or unexpected drops in coverage.  :cool
     
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    I can’t even remember who won most races last year so it’ll all be new to me.

    I was going to suggest we did a CQ game on it. Then it dawned on me that I’d be at a disadvantage. “The clueless oafs are picking Sean Kelly, the sprinter, to win Paris-Nice. Ha ha, fools!”
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    I can’t even remember who won most races last year so it’ll all be new to me.

    I was going to suggest we did a CQ game on it. Then it dawned on me that I’d be at a disadvantage. “The clueless oafs are picking Sean Kelly, the sprinter, to win Paris-Nice. Ha ha, fools!”

     I was shocked that Sky's Juan Antonio Flecha just won the 2010 Het Volk on my tv, just now. :D
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     Cyclingtips have sort of joined in with their virtual Milan-San Remo offering.

    https://cyclingtips.com/2020/03/choose-your-own-adventure-milan-san-remo/
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    https://twitter.com/inrng/status/1241016929927733248

    This really begs the question:

    With so many cycling fans, eager to satisfy their cravings, looking to the vast library of past races, will it occur to pros that what they do is somewhat replaceble in terms of entertainment? I mean, we could easily subsist on a diet of vintage races from the past for more than just a few seasons.

    Seriously. It's not all that difficult for me to imagine a radical paradigm shift where cycling fans around the world coalesce around the very idea that sparked this thread. For many, it would be a great history lesson while providing some important context to the races, and racers, of today. For most, it would provide plenty of excitement and entertainment, even with a foregone conclusion, as it's easy to forget  just what transpired, and how.

    I suppose it could be even better without spoilers—for those who don't know the outcome, or have simply forgotten—but that might be harder to pull off. I had a bit of that experience the last time I watched The Hell of the North a few month ago. I had completely forgotten who the winner was going to be.
     :P

    Pro athletes are often plagued with an infuriating sense of inflated self-worth, so I wonder if this current pandemic might remind everyone of the relative insignificance of what they offer the world—especially in relation to the vast sums of money that many of them are paid. If they're not careful, they might find sports becoming the equivalent of classical music. People will still go the symphony, year after year, to listen famous compositions that they've already listened to countless times. Or maybe a more accurate analogy would be that of listen to your favorite albums, or watching your favorite movies. Hollywood could cease to create content tomorrow, and generations of viewers could still be entertained by the already-existing catalogue.

    Of course there's something unique and special about watching events live, with all the unknowns and excitement associated with that, but it could also be argued that watching only games, races, matches, etc, that have already been deemed "classics" might be preferable to sitting through countless versions of live events that often turn out to be a complete waste of time.

    Food for thought.
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    I suppose it could be even better without spoilers—for those who don't know the outcome, or have simply forgotten—but that might be harder to pull off. I had a bit of that experience the last time I watched The Hell of the North a few month ago. I had completely forgotten who the winner was going to be.
    Hey, the other day I wasn't even certain who won the Omloop.
    And that was less than three weeks ago! :lol
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    Gent-Wevelgem redux this Sunday (tomorrow!).  :cool

    https://twitter.com/iamjensee/status/1242587224111108096

    https://twitter.com/iamjensee/status/1242587228649320448


    So, again, if I've got this right:

    Sunday, March 29.

    8:00 am PST (Los Angeles)

    11:00 am EST (New York)

    3:00 pm GMT (London, England)

    4:00 pm GMT+1 (Berlin, Germany)

    11:00 pm GMT+11 (Canberra, Australia)
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     A pity they have gone for 1988.

    I have picked this, which I am about to start, saving the last two hours for the actual 5th anniversary.




    135kms of epic wet windy weathered echelon riding, with riders being blown into ditches, canals etc.
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    https://twitter.com/wedusport/status/1245494352346001408


    I know... I know...I know...

    But if you haven't listened to Johan reflecting on his past experiences in cycling, then you're missing out on one of the most compelling perspectives you are likely to ever come across. Remove Lance's goofiness from the equation, and Hincapie almost always has some very unique first-hand insights to offer as well. He tends to share things that only those on the inside are ever privy to, which makes his contributions all the more rare and valuable.

    I'm not exactly clear on the "whens" and "hows" of all this yet, but I suspect that will all get sorted in the next few days.
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    It appears that the Aussies have their own version of Lock-down fun scheduled.


    Lock-in these times in lockdown and watch the Spring Classics with us

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    Distance yourself from people around you but stick with us - we won't let a pandemic stop us from bringing you the classics in April. Bust the lockdown boredom - lock-in these times to share the action with us and fans around Australia.

    Saturday April 4 – 2013 Tour of Flanders
    Streaming at 8pm AEDT via SBS On Demand / Cycling Central (6.30pm ACST 5pm AWST)

    Sunday April 5 – 2016 Paris-Roubaix
    On SBS VICELAND - 9.30pm local time
    Streaming via SBS On Demand / Cycling Central - 9.30pm AEST (9pm ACST 5pm AWST)

    Saturday April 11 – Hell of the North documentary
    Streaming at 8.30pm AEST via SBS On Demand / Cycling Central (8pm ACST 6.30pm AWST)

    Saturday April 18 – 2012 Paris-Roubaix
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    Saturday April 25– 2014 Liege-Bastogne-Liege 
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