Olympic event cuts

Mark Alexander
Mark Alexander Posts: 2,277
edited November 2009 in Track
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10TT 24:36 25TT: 57:59 50TT: 2:08:11, 100TT: 4:30:05 12hr 204.... unfinished business

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  • LangerDan
    LangerDan Posts: 6,132
    Is it true Romero hasn't actually ridden a pursuit since Beijing last year?
    'This week I 'ave been mostly been climbing like Basso - Shirley Basso.'
  • LorneC
    LorneC Posts: 149
    Yes it is true... talk is she might start focusing on the Road TT, if indeed the Individual Pursuit is dropped.
    Already signed up for the following 2010 rides:

    Etape Caledonia (May 16th)
    AMR's Trossachs Ton (June 20th)
    AMR's Cross-Border Sportive (Sept 19th)

    http://www.twitter.com/LorneCallaghan
  • The whole thing is a joke, no IP on the track, is frankly ridiculous.

    Best of luck to Rebecca and the others if they find another event.
  • StefanP
    StefanP Posts: 429
    It seems bizarre to me that they drop the events that GB has most success with. I would have thought, that if anything the cycling program would be increased and they drop the modern pentathlon ;)
  • StefanP wrote:
    It seems bizarre to me that they drop the events that GB has most success with. I would have thought, that if anything the cycling program would be increased and they drop the modern pentathlon ;)

    Why should an International committee act to favour GB?
  • Paulie W
    Paulie W Posts: 1,492
    What baffles me about the proposed changes is the inclusion of both the sprint and kierin to the exclusion of the IP. Generally speaking the sprint and kierin will be contested by the same group of riders so why not include just one of these? Presumably this is about the spectator appeal of the sprint races - although given the Olympics is full of events like Clay Pigeon shooting and archery this argument only goes so far!

    I understand the thinking behind including the Omnium and I assume that its currently lesser status would change should it become an olympic event and would begin to attract the better riders. But surely it suffers more than the Pursuit from being not specator friendly!!
  • StefanP wrote:
    It seems bizarre to me that they drop the events that GB has most success with. I would have thought, that if anything the cycling program would be increased and they drop the modern pentathlon ;)

    Why should an International committee act to favour GB?

    Indeed - I'm guessing decisions are made by the UCI and/or IOC; in fact, it sounds as though things are going the other way and the goalposts are being moved by the powers that be to deliberately avoid Team GB dominance in 2012, in a similar way to the tinkering that goes on with TdF routes to favour/disadvantage certain types of rider.

    David
    "It is not enough merely to win; others must lose." - Gore Vidal
  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 42,358
    I always thought the country hosting the Olympics was allowed to introduce a sport on trial e.g. pelota in Barcelona.

    This weekends racing suggests that countries are already starting to look towards the omnium. I suspect we'll still have a pretty good medal haul as a country but it's tough on individuals although Romero was already on about trying something new (has mentioned going for speed skating at the Winter Games!).