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Aw, man. I should try to scam a Wheelers and Dealers entry next year. Lolz.
2 years, 5 months ago on CrossVegas 2012 Start Lists - Sizing Up the Competition
@JoshVsLymphoma @smipypr That would be a travesty. I think they will have trouble with the requirement to have a women's component. I know that there are women's semi-pro teams in the US but I doubt there is international participation. So I hope that gets shot down in flames.
2 years, 6 months ago on The Dirtbag Chronicles: Olympic Cyclocross, the Pipe Dream(?)
@JoshVsLymphoma @smipypr Need is such a loaded word. I think the argument is that if cross was an Olympic sport, domestic cross racers would get more support from USAC. Also, the added exposure on network TV (CX is usually a good TV cycling sport -- an hour with lots of racing) could potentially grow the sport at an elite level with the addition of sponsor money.
CX in the US has been great at grass roots development. Racer participation is higher in absolute numbers than any other nation. But that hasn't translated into international success other than Compton and a few glimmers in the other races.
Right now USAC doesn't support elite cross because it's not an Olympic sport. More USAC and sponsor $$ *might* make a difference. The Olympics gets both of those.
And as far as sports without deep pockets getting in? Curling. Their governing body pushed hard. Lobbying won that fight.
@JoshVsLymphoma Your example isn't particularly good. In the case of soccer off-sides or sprinters taking the sprint lane, those lay people or casual fans will still need to be trained (might be fairly simple) in how to identify those events. In the case of boxing or wrestling, the officials/judges will have to have an even higher degree of training to recognize scoring.
I like the new scoring for judged events that accounts for difficulty and I think those events are scored consistently.
I'll leave you with two examples from this Olympics: 1) A boxing referee was removed from the Olympics for declaring Azerbaijan's Magomed Abdulhamidov winner over Satoshi Shimizu from Japan despite being knocked down 6 times in the final round (it was overruled the next day); and 2) British track cyclist Philip Hindes intentionally crashed at the beginning of the team sprint in order to get a restart -- when his original start wasn't good enough. As I understand it, the officials could have ruled the crash intentional and denied the restart. The British won gold.
Yeah, not agreeing with you on that one. Notwithstanding that those judged events are incredibly athletic and I think largely worthy of Olympic inclusion, taking the judging out of things takes you down a slippery slope. Are out ready to rule out boxing and wrestling? Shoot, you can even start ruling out some of the track and field throwing events too. And what about cycling judges relegating riders for rule infractions.
So let's not be so smug about judging.
2 years, 7 months ago on The Dirtbag Chronicles: Olympic Cyclocross, the Pipe Dream(?)
Feel free to post your own stories and experiences. I love hearing what other people are doing.
2 years, 8 months ago on Introducing A New Column: “The Dirtbag” Opines and Rants on Singlespeeding and Cyclocross Equipment
Why don't we use a fair seeding system for Nationals? Crossresults.com ranking index. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
3 years, 2 months ago on USA Cycling Responds: Cyclocross Support and Independent Sanctioning Bodies
Best story I've read in CX mag today! Glad you got your bike back and it's great that the police were responsive if a little disorganized.
3 years, 5 months ago on Urban Ecology Of A Stolen Cyclocross Bike