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Universal has been re-running the races as well. The camera angles and commentaries are always the same, in every re-run, but we get extra chances to catch other racers. I haven't checked World Cycling Productions in a while, so I'm not sure whether they're doing DVDs of 'cross races. Universal has really gone for the "niche" sports, so maybe we'll get better coverage all around.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on The Girl with the Cowbell Tattoo: As the World Turns
Earlier today, my post seemed to dismiss and/or disrespect Katie Compton's result at the Worlds. Maybe I was being inarticulate, maybe I was a little bitter. I really dig Katie, her heart, and her attitude. Watching her race in Rome, she couldn't make a bad move. Marianne Vos couldn't either, but Katie's right moves stacked up better. That day. And really, that's bike racing. On any day, in any stage, there are always 10 riders, maybe 20, who can win. Cyclocross is different, in that the start is a key element. There is far less team play in 'cross, as well. 'Cross is a bit like tennis, too. The men tend to muscle it. Finesse is served sparingly, but convincingly. Women can muscle, too; don't misundertake me. When women talk about their races, afterward, they talk about smaller details. Different mentalities. Christine Vardaros, Maureen Bruno Roy, Caitlin Antonneau, and the late, great Amy Dobrowski, all have(had, sadly) different ways of relating training, preparation, and racing. OK, the men do, too. Women make the small moves, using, maybe, subtler tactics. Because Velo and Procycling focus on the men's game, we all benefit from the coverage in Cyclocross Magazine. Andrew Yee has assembled a great team, and the magazine has grown with each issue. Then again, what do I know? If I win that Raleigh frame, I'll probably never race it. If I meet any of the women I cited here, I'll just derp and keep walking. Well, try to get an autograph. Thus endeth the
1 month ago on Vos Takes Seventh Cyclocross World Championship Title, Lechner and Wyman Round Out Podium – Worlds 2014 Full Report, Results, Gallery
Yikes! OK, Marianne Vos is the contemporary Eddy Merckx. And she's a peach. Katie Compton can kick ass and take names throughout the season; Katie has even won over Marianne. There have got to be reasons for Katie's inability to win the World Championship. Certainly not for want of skills, equipment, nor desire. Must be little flashes of past physical troubles with cramping. Those lingering memories have got to be working against her. Missed her pedal at the start? Too bad we can't save the bad days for lesser races.
@GobCarlqvist I like that. Is honour really that dead? Says it all. Apparently, in some places, honour is indeed gasping for air, in the ditch. Makes one wonder what these "inside the ribbons, around the barriers" do in other situations.
4 months, 1 week ago on Poll: Riding Around the Barriers – Fair Game or Should Be Penalized?
OK, go around the barriers. Are you racing, or cruising in the park? Cyclocross is a personal test. Cheat all you want. Go around the sand pits, too, and under the flyover. Hop the tapes when you think the course is too long, too hilly, or too whatever. Just give the officials paintball guns, and add up the hits after the race.
Amy was a terrific person; I never met her, but her energy and positive attitude will remain a fine model for everyone. Your reflections and comments, Molly, have also confirmed your role as a fine writer with a solid, positive message for us all.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on The Girl with the Cowbell Tattoo: The Hardest Story
So ... $400 for a jersey and a pair of bib shorts ain't bringing enough dough to sponsor a team? I
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Rapha Announces Pared-Down Team for 2013-2014 Season
Just saw an interesting(? not really) piece from bleacherreport.com in yahoo. The piece proposed the following sports for summer Olympics: softball(to return after a hiatus); beach soccer; golf( regular version in for '16) pentathlon(!)- distance, accuracy, chipping, putting at various distances; futsal - beach soccer, indoors on a hard court; mixed martial arts; bowling; cricket; racquetball and squash; surfing, and skateboarding. Yikes. The Olympics, summer and winter, are turning into a kind of county fair. With each Olympics session now costing in the billions, adding sports such as the ones listed, as well as keeping skeleton, luge, mogul skiing, trick skiing, rhythmic gymnastics and synchronized swimming/diving, the Olympics have become a bloated combination of traditional speed and strength sports, combined into a ridiculous melange of shopping mall / parking lot / X games/ double dare ya events. Combine that with rampant corruption, both during events, and in setting up host cities/venues, and it becomes clear that the Olympics will either collapse of their own weight, or expand to fit the time and money allotted to them. I vote for collapse. Virtually every sport in the Olympics, as well as many others, already have world championships every year. with the admission of professionals, the Olympics are no longer any different from any other endeavor. Except in the number of ridiculous commercials and endorsements; and the tedious, jingoistic, and fake-sincere reportage. Up close, and personal? Not only a grammatical error, but an error of misplaced emphasis on the fallacy sport as a uniting force. Sorry. Had to spit it all out.
1 year, 7 months ago on The Dirtbag Chronicles: Olympic Cyclocross, the Pipe Dream(?)
@BrookeHoyer @JoshVsLymphoma So... The possibility of adding more commercially viable sports enters the discussion on a regular basis. What constitutes an "Olympic" sport? American football is certainly not. Team handball? Rhythmic gymnastics & synchronized swimming? Synchronized diving? Ice dancing? Luge & skeleton? A telling reason for splitting the Olympiads to staggered years was the IOC wanted more control over revenue. The Olympics, long ago, ceased to represent athletics and (amateur) athletes. While CX would be a fine addition to the winter games, as CX is huge in Europe and the US, and growing in Japan, what has the Olympics done for mountain biking? Curling was used as an example of national lobbying, but how many curlers are doing Pepsi or lite beer commercials? (outside of Canada) The IOC isn't concerned so much about the "integrity" of sport; the IOC's main focus has been money, and control. By putting on a dog & pony show regarding doping, the IOC talks a good game, but the doping bureaucracy now rivals the IOC bureaucracy in size, scope, and money.
Be careful what you wish for. Triathlon was added to the Summer Olympics, after several years of effort. The distance entered was a 1.5 K swim, 40K bike, and a 10K run. Drafting is allowed on the bike leg, which is great for TV, but silly for triathlon. With cyclocross moved to the Summer Olympics, there would be competition, and possibly combined-entering, with mountain biking. Not bad at first look, but to be honest, 'cross is a fall/winter/spring sport. While several "glamor" sports - snowboard, mogul skiing, and trick skiing, have been added to the Winter Games, these came in with big money sponsorships. Can cyclocross get an event in edgewise? 'Crossers may want to consider whether they need the Olympics, because the Olympics are going to question whether they need cyclocross. And remember, the Olympics are not about competition in sport. The Olympics are about corporate control of sport.