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THE WOLLONGONG WORLDS... SPOILERS

alan_aalan_a Posts: 1,488
edited 01:46 in Pro race
Hello from a plane above Woolongong.




First, if you were unaware of my Garlicky origin, I have been selected for the French Elite Men's Road Race squad. #proud

I had a lovely flight.



That's the stunning Royal National Park and the road race run in from Helensburgh, over the Sea Cliff Bridge to the mighty Gong.

Woolongong is Middlesburgh. The town has lots of industry, but just outside is absolutely stunning coastline and mountains.

However 1 house on the race route costs the same at Middlesbrough.

This is me crossing the Sea Cliff Bridge last year, 5400km in & on my final day of the Indian Pacific Wheel Race.



Anyway... I'll do a preview of the road race course etc, cannae be airsed doing the TT.

Loads of pics to follow, but tomorrow I go for a ski.

Oh yeah.... Erm TT course is Wout not Gonna or Evenepoel.
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  • alan_aalan_a Posts: 1,488
    Oh food...



    Bunnings Sausage Sizzle is the most ate cuisine.

    It's their B&Q and every day a different charity or sports club have a sizzle to raise funds. $2 a sanga.

    Geology

    Australia
    is an enormous flat clay pancake with crumbly bits at the edges.

    Any mountains are on the coast.




    Everything is clay or radioactive or desired by the Chinese.

    Australia has only had 7 dinosaurs discovered on its land , even more rare it has has 4 Paleontologists.

    But Western Australia has more Geologists per head of population than anywhere else on Earth.
  • alan_aalan_a Posts: 1,488
    During the first hour of road races expect to see lots and lots of aerial shots of folk jumping off this cliff



    This is beside the finish lines


  • alan_aalan_a Posts: 1,488
    And yes if you look closely that is a Rainbow Striped bidon given to me by Mr Hushovd at TOB many years ago.

    Right I'll shut up now. Plane is landing and I have been told no more champagne.
  • alan_aalan_a Posts: 1,488
    But finally...


    NINE HOUR TIME DIFFERENCE

    So women will be finished whilst you are asleep

    Last men off just after 7am

    Event Date Local time CEST BST EST MST PST
    Women’s Elite TT Sunday, September 18 09:35 – 12:30 01:35 – 04:30 00:35 – 03:30 19:35 – 22:30 17:35 – 20:30 16:35 – 19:30
    Men’s Elite TT Sunday, September 18 13:40 – 17:00 05:40 – 09:00 04:40 – 08:00 23:40 – 03:00 21:40 – 01:00 20:40: – 00:00
    Women’s road world time trial championships start times (AEST):
    09:47:00 *BAUERNFEIND Ricarda GER
    09:48:30 *le NET Marie FRA
    09:50:00 le ROUX Maude Elaine RSA
    09:51:30 RIZWAN Zainab PAK
    09:53:00 *van ANROOIJ Shirin NED
    09:54:30 JACKSON Alison CAN
    09:56:00 OYARBIDE JIMENEZ Lourdes ESP
    09:57:30 FIDANZA Arianna ITA
    09:59:00 LETH Julie DEN
    10:00:30 BROWN Grace AUS
    10:02:00 HARTMANN Elena SUI
    10:03:30 SCHWEINBERGER Christina AUT
    10:05:00 KOPECKY Lotte BEL
    10:06:30 SKALNIAK SOJKA Agnieszka POL
    10:35:30 LEUNG Wing Yee HKG
    10:37:00 MOOLMAN-PASIO Ashleigh RSA
    10:38:30 *WYLLIE Ella NZL
    10:40:00 GARIB Rabia PAK
    10:41:30 *VARENYK Maryna UKR
    10:43:00 KROGER Mieke GER
    10:44:30 ROLAND Luciana ARG
    10:46:00 ŽIGART Urška SLO
    10:47:30 *JENČUŠOVA Nora SVK
    10:49:00 *AL SAYEGH Safia UAE
    10:50:30 ALONSO DOMINGUEZ Sandra ESP
    10:52:00 ZABELINSKAYA Olga UZB
    10:53:30 KIRCHMANN Leah CAN
    10:55:00 FAULKNER Kristen USA
    10:56:30 van VLEUTEN Annemiek NED
    11:25:30 *GUAZZINI Vittoria ITA
    11:27:00 *HOUILI Nesrine ALG
    11:28:30 *SOTO CAMPOS CHI
    11:30:00 BAKER Georgia AUS
    11:31:30 van de VELDE Julie BEL
    11:33:00 *JASKULSKA Marta POL
    11:34:30 SHAPIRA Omer ISR
    11:36:00 KIESENHOFER Anna AUT
    11:37:30 THOMAS Leah USA
    11:39:00 GOMEZ HERNANDEZ Lina Marcela Lina
    11:40:30 LABOUS Juliette FRA
    11:42:00 BJERG Emma Cecili DEN
    11:43:30 REUSSER Marlen SUI
    11:45:00 van DIJK Ellen NED

    Men’s road world time trial championships start times (AEST):
    13:42:00 BONELLO Daniel Joseph MLT
    13:43:30 NOVAKOVSKYI Vitalii UKR
    13:45:00 NG Sum Lui HKG
    13:46:30 PLAPP Lucas AUS
    13:48:00 DAL-CIN Matteo CAN
    13:49:30 NATAROV Yuriy KAZ
    13:51:00 ESPINOSA SERRANO Bolivar PAN
    13:52:30 ABBDURROHMAN Muhammad INA
    13:54:00 AFFINI Edoardo ITA
    14:28:00 SMYTH Alexander MLT
    14:29:30 XU Changquan CHN
    14:31:00 OINGERANG Edward GUM
    14:32:30 HOOLE Daan NED
    14:34:00 ARNDT Nikias GER
    14:35:30 POWLESS Neilson USA
    14:37:00 LUTSENKO Alexey KAZ
    14:38:30 LEKNESSUND Andreas NOR
    14:40:00 GONCALVES ALMEIDA Joao POR
    14:41:30 ARMIRAIL Bruno FRA
    14:43:00 LAMPAERT Yves BEL
    14:44:30 BISSEGGER Stefan SUI
    14:46:00 NIELSEN Magnus Cort DEN
    14:47:30 SOBRERO Matteo ITA
    15:14:00 ALAM Drabir BAN
    15:15:30 ERDENEBAT Bilguunjargal MGL
    15:17:00 CHRISTOPHER JR Darel IVB
    15:18:30 KONONENKO Mykhaylo UKR
    15:20:00 LAU Wan Yau Vincent Yau
    15:21:30 GEE Derek CAN
    15:23:00 LAŠINIS Venantas LTU
    15:24:30 HEIDEMANN Miguel GER
    15:26:00 LAZKANO LOPEZ Oier ESP
    15:27:30 DURBRIDGE Luke AUS
    15:29:00 ILIĆ Ognjen SRB
    15:30:30 CAHYADI Aiman INA
    15:32:00 JURADO LOPEZ Christofer PAN
    15:33:30 BASSON Gustav RSA
    16:00:00 SHEFFIELD Magnus USA
    16:01:30 CONTRERAS PINZON Rodrigo COL
    16:03:00 FOSS Tobias NOR
    16:04:30 FEDOROV Yevgeniy KAZ
    16:06:00 OLIVEIRA Nelson POR
    16:07:30 BJERG Mikkel DEN
    16:09:00 BODNAR Maciej POL
    16:10:30 CAVAGNA Remi FRA
    16:12:00 HAYTER Ethan GBR
    16:13:30 MOLLEMA Bauke NED
    16:15:00 KUNG Stefan SUI
    16:16:30 POGAČAR Tadej SLO
    16:18:00 EVENEPOEL Remco BEL
    16:19:30 GANNA Filippo ITA


    Wout...why are you not riding...? This is your course.
  • WheelspinnerWheelspinner Posts: 6,011
    alan_a said:

    During the first hour of road races expect to see lots and lots of aerial shots of folk jumping off this cliff



    This is beside the finish lines


    Know those roads backwards. If they come from Helensburgh down the hill from that parasailing spot at Bald Hill they'll smoke a few brake pads. That's quite narrow and steep, with a couple of sharp bends at the bottom. It's a lumpy coast road from there into the 'Gong too, and hilly on the main loop for the race.

    Your beach shot looks like Austinmer though? Or is it North Beach?
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  • alan_aalan_a Posts: 1,488
    Coming in from Stanwell tops, they miss the car park at the jump spot by taking the Sharron right down the hill

    City Beach
  • WheelspinnerWheelspinner Posts: 6,011
    Yep that's the one, Lawrence Hargreaves Drive or something it's called. Winds downhill for about a km at probably 10% gradient, then a fairly tight left then right at the bottom.
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  • markwb79markwb79 Posts: 933
    Couple of random questions as I watch the last of the men roll off the ramp.

    1: When does the timer starter? Is it really at the end of the beeps or do they go back and check when they start to move? The result is often on split seconds, it did look like Kung started ever so slightly before the last beep, especially compared to Evenepoel I thought.

    2: Kit, does Bioracer still have the fastest skinsuit? Do you think Ganna is riding his trade skin suit or a Castelli one (not that I think there is much between those two)?. I would assume that Assos put a lot of development into theirs but there looked to be a little extra material on Kung's sleeves.
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  • gsk82gsk82 Posts: 3,210
    What just happened to Hayters chain? It looked like the entire thing was above the crank axle.
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  • gsk82gsk82 Posts: 3,210


    Magnus Sheffield insisting he's riding on the right of the road.
    "Unfortunately these days a lot of people don’t understand the real quality of a bike" Ernesto Colnago
  • gsk82gsk82 Posts: 3,210
    What's happened to Ganna this year? Looked off the pace all year.
    "Unfortunately these days a lot of people don’t understand the real quality of a bike" Ernesto Colnago
  • gsk82gsk82 Posts: 3,210
    Tobias Foss (who?) of Jumbo Visma pulls out a typical Jumbo Visma performance to win the men's TT.
    "Unfortunately these days a lot of people don’t understand the real quality of a bike" Ernesto Colnago
  • DeadCalmDeadCalm Posts: 4,022
    How much time did Hayter lose due to his dropped chain? Finished 30 seconds off the podium.
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  • gsk82gsk82 Posts: 3,210
    DeadCalm said:

    How much time did Hayter lose due to his dropped chain? Finished 30 seconds off the podium.

    He didn't look in a rush to get back going again.
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  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 11,917
    gsk82 said:

    Tobias Foss (who?) of Jumbo Visma pulls out a typical Jumbo Visma performance to win the men's TT.

    Foss has won l'Avenir and got a top ten overall in the Giro, he's not a nobody
    “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’.”

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  • DeadCalmDeadCalm Posts: 4,022

    gsk82 said:

    Tobias Foss (who?) of Jumbo Visma pulls out a typical Jumbo Visma performance to win the men's TT.

    Foss has won l'Avenir and got a top ten overall in the Giro, he's not a nobody
    True. But whilst his TT has always been reasonably decent (12th in U23 world TT champs and Norwegian TT champ for the last 2 years), it's never looked like future world champion level. Definitely a bit of a surprise, as much to him as anyone else I would imagine.
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  • seanoconnseanoconn Posts: 9,590
    edited 18 September
    gsk82 said:

    DeadCalm said:

    How much time did Hayter lose due to his dropped chain? Finished 30 seconds off the podium.

    He didn't look in a rush to get back going again.
    Better to stay calm than get your bib shorts in a twist. He did well just to give the bike an annoyed shove against the barriers.
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  • andyracandyrac Posts: 868
    Kung beats Ganna & Evenepoel - and still falls short. As for Foss, where the hell did that come from.......nearly as big a shock as Bert Grabsch back in 2008....

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  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 11,917
    edited 18 September
    DeadCalm said:

    gsk82 said:

    Tobias Foss (who?) of Jumbo Visma pulls out a typical Jumbo Visma performance to win the men's TT.

    Foss has won l'Avenir and got a top ten overall in the Giro, he's not a nobody
    True. But whilst his TT has always been reasonably decent (12th in U23 world TT champs and Norwegian TT champ for the last 2 years), it's never looked like future world champion level. Definitely a bit of a surprise, as much to him as anyone else I would imagine.
    Oh yeah, huge surprise to everyone, including himself. I just got slightly narked by the "who?"

    He's consistently in the top 5-10 in stage race TTs over the last couple of seasons, but as you say, not obvious wc potential. I think it's probably significant that he's been fairly lightly raced this season, might be a bit fresher than most
    “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!
  • mrb123mrb123 Posts: 3,903
    Hayter would have been right in the mix there without the chain drop.
  • m.r.m.m.r.m. Posts: 2,775
    andyrac said:

    Kung beats Ganna & Evenepoel - and still falls short. As for Foss, where the hell did that come from.......nearly as big a shock as Bert Grabsch back in 2008....

    Or Kiriyenka beating Cancellara, Wiggins & Martin.
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  • Mad_MalxMad_Malx Posts: 4,668

    DeadCalm said:

    gsk82 said:

    Tobias Foss (who?) of Jumbo Visma pulls out a typical Jumbo Visma performance to win the men's TT.

    Foss has won l'Avenir and got a top ten overall in the Giro, he's not a nobody
    True. But whilst his TT has always been reasonably decent (12th in U23 world TT champs and Norwegian TT champ for the last 2 years), it's never looked like future world champion level. Definitely a bit of a surprise, as much to him as anyone else I would imagine.
    Oh yeah, huge surprise to everyone, including himself. I just got slightly narked by the "who?"

    He's consistently in the top 5-10 in stage race TTs over the last couple of seasons, but as you say, not obvious wc potential. I think it's probably significant that he's been fairly lightly raced this season, might be a bit fresher than most
    Does he qualify as a Viking?
  • Ellen van Dijk won the women’s ITT, ahead of Grace Brown and Marlen Reusser. Vittoria Guazzini was 4th and won the U23 (held in the same race). AvV had an absolute shocker and was 7th, over a minute and a half down.
  • JimD666JimD666 Posts: 1,096
    In regards to Hayter's chain drop, is it really quicker to swap the bike rather than just put the chain back on?
  • andypandyp Posts: 9,065
    You don't know how long it's going to take to put the chain back on, whereas you do know how long it'll take to swap bikes.
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 26,368
    JimD666 said:

    In regards to Hayter's chain drop, is it really quicker to swap the bike rather than just put the chain back on?


    If you keep the original bike there's a higher chance that it will happen again as you don't what caused it.
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  • bm5bm5 Posts: 463
    Foss's dad won 5000 kroner, bet of 50. Sounds great until you see the exchange rate! 0.085 or something.
    I was disappointed for Kung - always the bridesmaid
  • fliteflite Posts: 183
    I was expecting the mens U23 TT to be on GCN.
    Anyone know whats happening?
  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 11,917
    flite said:

    I was expecting the mens U23 TT to be on GCN.
    Anyone know whats happening?

    Norwegians are happening, again. Hayter currently 2nd fastest, Wærenskjold has just taken the hot seat.

    For those asking if Norwegians qualify as Vikings... Yes, but they're the wrong sort, so they don't get on the thread 😉
    “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!
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