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Centennial Road World Championships, Flanders - 19-26 September 2021 *SPOILERS*

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  • m.r.m.m.r.m. Posts: 2,419
    edited 20 September
    Was wondering watching both Ganna and Reusser shift back on the saddle regularly while riding, how much time does that cost? Is it possible to estimate that? Obviously not enough to not be able to win, but some other riders are incredibly planted and hardly move (like Juliette Labous for example).
    Question is would Ganna for example be 5-6 seconds or even 20 seconds quicker if he didn't have to push himself back so often? Tony Martin's famous sandpaper saddle was necessary due to this this, so clearly there seems to be some impetus to avoid having to do it.
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  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 10,219
    edited 20 September
    The Eritrea kit looks really cool:



    He needs white socks though.
  • m.r.m.m.r.m. Posts: 2,419
    It's a bit too much. Doesn't look polished. The same colors with black bibs with color borders at the bottom and super colorful jersey (maybe same colors in a mondrian scheme) would look mint imho.
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  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 10,219
    edited 20 September
    I think the bike needs to match better, and the "eritrea" under jersey should be better aligned. And the socks like I said. It looks a bit unpolished - but it is cool IMO.
  • Needs red socks.
  • mrb123mrb123 Posts: 3,416

    Needs red socks.

    Perhaps he could get the Tour de France multipack and wear one yellow and one green.
  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 11,187
    Cracking ride from Zoe Backstedt, took a minute fifteen off the previous fastest. Still a few to come in but that's a serious target set
    “Road racing was over and the UCI had banned my riding positions on the track, so it was like ‘Jings, crivvens, help ma Boab, what do I do now? I know, I’ll go away and be depressed for 10 years’.”

    @DrHeadgear

    The Vikings are coming!
  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 11,187
    Alena Ivanchenko RUS takes it by 10 seconds, Zoe gets silver.
    “Road racing was over and the UCI had banned my riding positions on the track, so it was like ‘Jings, crivvens, help ma Boab, what do I do now? I know, I’ll go away and be depressed for 10 years’.”

    @DrHeadgear

    The Vikings are coming!
  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 10,219

    Cracking ride from Zoe Backstedt, took a minute fifteen off the previous fastest. Still a few to come in but that's a serious target set

    Is Magnus doing the commentary? Has he exploded yet?
  • m.r.m.m.r.m. Posts: 2,419
    Must be so incredible to have your kid(s) be awesome at something. Really happy for him!
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  • ProssPross Posts: 29,557
    m.r.m. said:

    Must be so incredible to have your kid(s) be awesome at something. Really happy for him!

    Zoe's mum was a decent cyclist too (not Magnus level but a National Road Race champion back in the 90s).
  • JimD666JimD666 Posts: 402
    Can't see it changing anything but Sam Bennet has withdrawn from the RR on Sunday.

    https://www.stickybottle.com/latest-news/sam-bennett-out-of-world-champs-statement-in-full-after-withdrawal/
  • Dorset_BoyDorset_Boy Posts: 4,349
    Pross said:

    m.r.m. said:

    Must be so incredible to have your kid(s) be awesome at something. Really happy for him!

    Zoe's mum was a decent cyclist too (not Magnus level but a National Road Race champion back in the 90s).
    Zoe's spent her cycling years smashing everyone in sight, be they boys or girls. I fully expect her to do the same as a young adult.
  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 11,187
    Ahem.

    More viking TT gold 🥇
    Gustav Wang wins the jnr TT
    Carl-Frederik Bevort 4th
    “Road racing was over and the UCI had banned my riding positions on the track, so it was like ‘Jings, crivvens, help ma Boab, what do I do now? I know, I’ll go away and be depressed for 10 years’.”

    @DrHeadgear

    The Vikings are coming!
  • imposter2.0imposter2.0 Posts: 11,382
    Worth noting that the Brit male and female junior silver medallists are both first year juniors, so will still be eligible to ride the same event again next year.
  • ProssPross Posts: 29,557

    Pross said:

    m.r.m. said:

    Must be so incredible to have your kid(s) be awesome at something. Really happy for him!

    Zoe's mum was a decent cyclist too (not Magnus level but a National Road Race champion back in the 90s).
    Zoe's spent her cycling years smashing everyone in sight, be they boys or girls. I fully expect her to do the same as a young adult.
    Yeah, I've seen her doing a fair few cross and circuit races. Talented family with Elynor as well.
  • Dorset_BoyDorset_Boy Posts: 4,349
    When she was an U14, she raced Good Friday at Castle Coombe. She won the U14s by a distance, boys too. She then rode the U16 immediately after and won the girls by a distance and I think was in top 5 or so overall!
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 23,195
    It's always bad when future pros come across us normos...
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • ProssPross Posts: 29,557

    When she was an U14, she raced Good Friday at Castle Coombe. She won the U14s by a distance, boys too. She then rode the U16 immediately after and won the girls by a distance and I think was in top 5 or so overall!

    I remember watching Nicole Cooke do similar.
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 23,195
    This is so good I nearly started the race thread early...

    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • m.r.m.m.r.m. Posts: 2,419
    Is that Luke Rowe? Looks to lanky to be Kwiatkowski. Rowe has been looking quite lean recently.
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  • bm5bm5 Posts: 261
    Great result for Zoe Backstedt and really enjoyed hearing Magnus commentate on it, must have been very emotional for him.
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 10,448
    They need To tweak this mixed relay ttt.
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 10,448
    Bit fumbled
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 10,448
    They should make it that the second rider has to touch the lead rider of the next leg ... Or summit
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • ProssPross Posts: 29,557

    They need To tweak this mixed relay ttt.

    Yeah it's rubbish. I'd have a 6 up of 3 men and 3 women and you have to finish 4 including at least 2 women. Would make for interesting tactics.
  • ProssPross Posts: 29,557
    Poles and Austrians seem to have confused the idea of a mixed team as one of each cross the line as a 2 up.
  • ProssPross Posts: 29,557
    There's a bit of a size mismatch in the Spanish women's team with two small Basque riders (on blue bikes) and a seeming giant on a different colour bike.
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 10,448
    Pross said:

    They need To tweak this mixed relay ttt.

    Yeah it's rubbish. I'd have a 6 up of 3 men and 3 women and you have to finish 4 including at least 2 women. Would make for interesting tactics.
    I wonder if the level of women's racing would go up to in pure speed terms too .... It would be about who had the two women who could hang on to a fast wheel ?
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 25,479
    edited 22 September
    Pross said:

    They need To tweak this mixed relay ttt.

    Yeah it's rubbish. I'd have a 6 up of 3 men and 3 women and you have to finish 4 including at least 2 women. Would make for interesting tactics.

    It will just end up as an equivalent of a motor paced ITT for each country's second best women's TTer. That second best woman would sit on the wheel of the biggest man available while and the other woman would sit on her wheel. In front two men would ride to the second best woman's ITT schedule.

    Over time someone will come with a more refined strategy, but I doubt it will involve the women taking a turn.
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