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MechanismMechanism Posts: 895
edited September 2013 in Pro race
I have no knowledge of the geology, wine, cheese etc. in the Antwerp/Rotterdam region but they're experimenting with bike-mounted cameras so may be worth watching a bit of it. Its on Eurosport at 14:00 CET/13:00 BST today.

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  • ThomThomThomThom Posts: 3,574
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  • FJSFJS Posts: 4,820
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  • Doesn't it therefore follow you might see some of this?

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    Which can't be a bad thing, can it?
  • ThomThomThomThom Posts: 3,574
    If the containers aren't stacked properly together it might be..
  • cescocesco Posts: 252
    edited August 2013
    Having lived in Rotterdam, it wasn't a race/finish I would leave the house for. Can be windy though, and the bike-cams seem interesting. Here's footage from another race last week: http://youtu.be/J4V22VLr9gA, although those were handlebar mounted whereas today's are underneath the saddle.
  • deejaydeejay Posts: 3,138
    cesco wrote:
    although those were seat mounted whereas today's are underneath the saddle.
    We had seat mounted cameras for several years in the "GIRO" before they were done away with. :lol::lol::lol:
    Organiser, National Championship 50 mile Time Trial 1972
  • anyone seen any cam action yet?

    on the other hand, there seems to have been some routing carnage....
  • Well that was interesting. I've tuned in to have a look and it seems they had a real signage mess-up at a roundabout, with the break going one direction and the peloton going another (the wrong way) thereby tripling the gap by the time the organisers had re-routed and got everyone back on track.

    Im sure wrong turns and such are not unheard of, (though you really wouldnt expect them at this level), but Im curious if there are any sub-rules or regulations that come into place, or is it just tough chips for those that got caught out?

    Its particularly interesting to occur in a flat, short race such as this rather than a grand tour or something where theres time to even any discrepancies out.

    Looks like the Peloton are really putting the hammer down to bring it back, but will be interesting to see if the break can stay away as a result of this!
    "There's only one way to get rid of Sagan and that's literally to kill him." -David Harmon, Eurosport, Ronde van Vlaanderen.
  • anyone seen any cam action yet?

    Nope, heard the commentators refer to it but not seen any yet which is a pity.
    "There's only one way to get rid of Sagan and that's literally to kill him." -David Harmon, Eurosport, Ronde van Vlaanderen.
  • Adamkalin wrote:
    anyone seen any cam action yet?

    Nope, heard the commentators refer to it but not seen any yet which is a pity.

    Had a 10 sec viewing right at the start but nothing since. To many issues with routes and timings I imagine.
  • Brilliant win! A lot of unhappy faces. Guess it came down to a lack of communication.
  • Well, an unexpectedly interesting race for all the wrong reasons! Wallays takes it after pulling away from the break. With a healthy time gap before the rest of the field came in too, you'd have to think today's mess-up this could be significant for the overall tomorrow as well. A combination of the re-routing and lack of radios may have contributed to this I think.
    "There's only one way to get rid of Sagan and that's literally to kill him." -David Harmon, Eurosport, Ronde van Vlaanderen.
  • A comedy of errors stage.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • knedlickyknedlicky Posts: 3,097
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    The break, then the peloton, reach the roundabout.

    I wonder if anyone is thinking sabotage?

    Pity the signage further to the right on the first photo isn't visible on the second - it's not clear to me where it is.
  • tailwindhometailwindhome Posts: 14,443
    ThomThom wrote:
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    Watched a documentary recently about the fella who invented those containers. Interesting thing was that he gave the design away as he new it wouldn't work unless everyone used the same system.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malcom_McLean


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  • ThomThomThomThom Posts: 3,574
    Tail, I'm borderline offended that you used the word 'interesting' about a documentary on containers.
  • cescocesco Posts: 252
    Being a vegetarian myself, I'm happy for Tjallingii. Not the first time this week that an attack gets rewarded.
  • No wonder they couldn't catch Tjallingii. 49kph stage average, with a cold and sore throat.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • cescocesco Posts: 252
    He even thought of abandoning the race prior to today's stage!
  • mrolimroli Posts: 3,622
    ThomThom wrote:
    Tail, I'm borderline offended that you used the word 'interesting' about a documentary on containers.
    There is actually a good book about Container Shipping - its called "The Box" (subtitle how container shipping changed the world or some such). Shipping containers really have shaped world trade and made products accessible and cheaper - including bike products! Container ports are also fascinating places - how they track containers/get them on and off ships as quickly as possible, turn around times etc etc...

    Sorry. Geek moment there....
  • deejaydeejay Posts: 3,138
    mroli wrote:
    Shipping containers really have shaped world trade and made products accessible and cheaper - including bike products! Container ports are also fascinating places - how they track containers/get them on and off ships as quickly as possible, turn around times etc etc...

    Sorry. Geek moment there....
    No problem, the world would stop without them.
    Just pull the plug
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  • knedlickyknedlicky Posts: 3,097
    mroli wrote:
    ThomThom wrote:
    Tail, I'm borderline offended that you used the word 'interesting' about a documentary on containers.
    There is actually a good book about Container Shipping ...
    Sorry. Geek moment there....
    No apology necess. Just because a topic doesn’t sound exciting doesn’t mean it’s uninteresting.
    As well as their influence on world economy (“the lego-blocks of world economy”) and how shipping companies and port facilities had to radically change, the adverse sociological effects on certain communities which came with container shipping is also interesting – some ports shrunk drastically in importance and trade while those which converted to container traffic only required one-tenth the number of dockers compared to previously.

    The idea of constructing houses and other buildings using containers is also interesting and one can find some good designs on relevant websites. One just has to forget the Pete Seeger song ‘Little Boxes’ and hope they are better insulated than the post-war prefabs erected in the UK.
  • ms_treems_tree Posts: 1,405
    It's quite a fascinating subject when you think about it,like logistics! I was reading that Adam Hansen wrote a logistics programme for Lotto-Belisol. An interesting guy - shoes, bars, computer programmes!
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  • afx237viafx237vi Posts: 12,630
    Frank Sobotka is sad at all this talk of shipping containers :cry:
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 22,902
    afx237vi wrote:
    Frank Sobotka is sad at all this talk of shipping containers :cry:
    It's his own fault. Unlike him, in Rotterdam they know how to stack containers full of hookers properly.
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