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jgsijgsi Posts: 5,029
edited March 2018 in Pro race
https://hammerseries.com/
I'm not sure ... but it's worth seeing if it creates good racing.
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  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 18,199
    Live on the Bike Channel 2pm tomorrow and Saturday.
    Recorded and shown at 5pm for the TTT chase chaos on Sunday.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 57,281 Lives Here
    This sounds properly sh!t.

    It's basically become a glorified post Giro crit, especially with Dumolin riding.
  • tim000tim000 Posts: 718
    I think GCN have it on live too . https://www.youtube.com/user/globalcyclingnetwork
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 23,195
    This sounds properly sh!t.

    It's basically become a glorified post Giro crit, especially with Dumolin riding.


    b..b..but ...Vaughters!
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 57,281 Lives Here
    Even the website makes it look like one.

    They don't even name the climb. "Climb one".

    Christ.
  • The_BoyThe_Boy Posts: 3,099
    All a bit 'budweiser multiball', isn't it?
    Team My Man 2018: David gaudu, Pierre Latour, Romain Bardet, Thibaut pinot, Alexandre Geniez, Florian Senechal, Warren Barguil, Benoit Cosnefroy
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 18,199
    edited June 2017
    It's live now.
    Looks just like any other bike race to me: Quick Step on the front, Cannondale on the back.

    5 minutes in and riders have already sat up and not trying.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • newton98newton98 Posts: 35
    They seem to have got Tim Westwood doing to commentary in the background of the Eurosport feed. Irritating doesn't get close.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 57,281 Lives Here
    So, is it any good?
  • newton98newton98 Posts: 35
    It's a hilly crit, blew apart before the flag even fell and now massively strung out. Front group has 20 riders or so of all teams so no controlling whatsoever. Tao GH going well. There's also some intermediate hill sprints I don't understand. I also don't understand how the overall is calculated, so does winning matter or is it every riders standing? Its ok without being edge of seat, will see how it pans out.
  • wombly_kneeswombly_knees Posts: 657
    So, is it any good?
    Yes, it is. Better than most days of racing so far.
  • newton98newton98 Posts: 35
    5 man break with Dumoulin and Tao.

    Rick, still winding up the commuters on embankment? I might be back from SF later this summer, will try and come along to a KW run if you're still doing them?
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 57,281 Lives Here
    Yup yup, same old.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 57,281 Lives Here
    Judging by your mileage in SF it'll be even more embarrassing than normal for me, so I look forward to that.
  • yorkshirerawyorkshireraw Posts: 1,560
    Did I just see Dan LLoyd chin a beer, during the the live GCN commentary?...
  • newton98newton98 Posts: 35
    Sounds good mate.
  • joey54321joey54321 Posts: 1,297
    Too confusing to follow along while watching at work :(
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 18,199
    joey54321 wrote:
    Too confusing to follow along while watching at work :(

    And there are only 7 riders in it. :lol:

    Beefy Betancur seems to have found a race he likes.
    His appetite for points is insatiable. :P
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • newton98newton98 Posts: 35
    Vini Fantini lone suicide break, this has everything. It's completely confusing, UKCyclingExpert on Twitter has it right:
    At the @HammerSeries it appears the US Movie Star team are 26 for three after four frames of cycling.
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 18,199
    Skyfall.
    Game over for Teo.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • The_BoyThe_Boy Posts: 3,099
    Fuck1ng bicyclewang, innit.
    Team My Man 2018: David gaudu, Pierre Latour, Romain Bardet, Thibaut pinot, Alexandre Geniez, Florian Senechal, Warren Barguil, Benoit Cosnefroy
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 18,199
    Teo still in 7th, which shows how few riders are competing.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 23,195
    Betancur was awesome!

    I quite enjoyed that...
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 18,199
    The new king of formula 1 cycling.
    More vittles than Vettel
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • wombly_kneeswombly_knees Posts: 657
    Good fun. A promising start
  • salsiccia1salsiccia1 Posts: 3,715
    The new king of formula 1 cycling.
    More vittles than Vettel

    Hat
    It's only a bit of sport, Mun. Relax and enjoy the racing.
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 23,195
    Pt 2 - https://www.facebook.com/hammerseries/v ... 7209896626

    Sep v Stuyven already

    I'm coming round to this idea! I think the races are too long though at 2 or so hrs. Needs to be more like a CX or XCO race at 1 - 1.5hrs
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • newton98newton98 Posts: 35
    I think you need 2 hours to make it hard enough, otherwise everyone can hold it together for 1 hour.

    8 simulateneous TTTs sounds crazy tomorrow. Does it end up like a huge colour blocked lead out train style peloton, but on TT bikes?!
  • iainf72iainf72 Posts: 15,784
    I think this is dreadful. Maybe it can be refined but I just don't understand what they're trying to do.
    Fckin' Quintana … that creep can roll, man.
  • yourpaceormineyourpaceormine Posts: 1,245
    iainf72 wrote:
    I think this is dreadful. Maybe it can be refined but I just don't understand what they're trying to do.
    I get the idea that they are trying to reinvent road races (well more accurately criterium racing) in the same way that Revolution reinvented/repackaged track cycling.
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