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toekneep

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Why so little interest?
« on: November 01, 2009, 07:44:07 pm »
I'm really shocked by the lack of interest shown on the forum for the World Cup Track Cycling that took place over the weekend. The GB team won ten gold medals and set a new world record. I'm sure there was massive interest on here during the Olympics. Is it related to the media interest I wonder? Which appears to be about zero by the way.

Re: Why so little interest?
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2009, 07:46:49 pm »
World Cup isn't a big deal. It happens every year, more than once a year. It's not prestigious like the World Championships.

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Re: Why so little interest?
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2009, 07:49:47 pm »
World Cup isn't a big deal. It happens every year, more than once a year. It's not prestigious like the World Championships.
Just a bike ride, really, eh?  ;)
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Re: Why so little interest?
« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2009, 07:54:15 pm »
Not just a bike ride, the events are world class races, if the best riders turn up. If it was just a bike ride, anyone would be capable of doing it.

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Re: Why so little interest?
« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2009, 08:22:32 pm »
Red button hell - you gotta create a buzz. 
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Re: Why so little interest?
« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2009, 08:35:12 pm »
VP needs to get naked again.

alan

Re: Why so little interest?
« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2009, 08:43:25 pm »
I actually switched over from the cycling to the football :o

I find track riding a little boring after a while & I think that I am overdosed on it over the last 18 months or so.Never imagined that success for British Cycling & Team GB would be so common place as to be taken for granted.

The development of Team GB in the ProTour calendar,& particularly the TdF would be a somewhat different spectacle :thumbsup:

Re: Why so little interest?
« Reply #7 on: November 01, 2009, 08:50:47 pm »
VP needs to get naked again.

Nah, she's old news.

Lizzie all the way now  :thumbsup:

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Re: Why so little interest?
« Reply #8 on: November 01, 2009, 08:58:46 pm »
My Mum takes the Daily Mirror and I looked through yesterday's copy to see if there was any coverage. The only reference to cycling was a brief article about Bradley Wiggins which contained a quote from David Brailsford "from the UCI World Cup at Manchester" about Bradley's future. No mention of the achievement of the British team at all. As my Mum said, "that's disgusting".

alan

Re: Why so little interest?
« Reply #9 on: November 01, 2009, 09:10:53 pm »
What the sport needs is an ex jailbird who assaults women,drives whilst banned,drives stolen vehicles,does cannabis,is paid at least a couple of million £ a year after costing perhaps £10 million to sign on,does nightclubs,assaults Asians,fights with his team mates,kills other road users,represents his country,gets pissed on an aeroplane while sitting in a dentists chair & is generally regarded as a role model by young folk.
The sport would be headlining the sports pages everyday:it would be broadcast as prime time television mid-week & at weekends & there would be a fantasy ProTour League.
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Re: Why so little interest?
« Reply #10 on: November 01, 2009, 09:12:53 pm »
I'd have taken a lot more interest if they'd stopped at a pub. :demon:
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Re: Why so little interest?
« Reply #11 on: November 01, 2009, 09:19:14 pm »
I'd have taken a lot more interest if they'd stopped at a pub. :demon:
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Re: Why so little interest?
« Reply #12 on: November 01, 2009, 09:30:14 pm »
I spent a good chunk of this afdternoon watching it. Fantastic stuff, especially the team pursuit.

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Re: Why so little interest?
« Reply #13 on: November 01, 2009, 10:20:57 pm »
Well at least the BBC News at Ten managed a brief mention of the achievements. Sadly, the women's new world record wasn't news worthy.

Re: Why so little interest?
« Reply #14 on: November 01, 2009, 10:24:55 pm »
Watched it. Loved it. Lovely display of power and leg speed! Good racing too, if a bit one sided in the absence of a few big names. (FFS "stopping at the pub"!? What next?  ::-))
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Re: Why so little interest?
« Reply #15 on: November 01, 2009, 10:31:40 pm »
Watched it. Loved it. Lovely display of power and leg speed! Good racing too, if a bit one sided in the absence of a few big names. (FFS "stopping at the pub"!? What next?  ::-))

I was going to say "Tea & cake" but that should probably come before the pub. ;)
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Re: Why so little interest?
« Reply #16 on: November 01, 2009, 10:33:35 pm »
My Mum takes the Daily Mirror and I looked through yesterday's copy to see if there was any coverage. The only reference to cycling was a brief article about Bradley Wiggins which contained a quote from David Brailsford "from the UCI World Cup at Manchester" about Bradley's future. No mention of the achievement of the British team at all. As my Mum said, "that's disgusting".

Huh, typical Daily Mail! ;)

Saturday's Guardian at least managed 3/4 of a column near the back of its footballsports section.

Me? I've been glued to the highlights all afternoon. Fantastic stuff. Geraint Jones was awesome in the pursuit.

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Re: Why so little interest?
« Reply #17 on: November 01, 2009, 10:37:14 pm »
Well, I watched it and it was absolutely sensational.  I can't understand why the women's world record wasn't better covered - they made more of the men's second fastest ever team pursuit time.
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Re: Why so little interest?
« Reply #18 on: November 02, 2009, 12:03:36 pm »
The F-I-L was watching it and couldn't understand why I initially showed no interest and then left the room for some peace and quiet.  "But you're a cyclist ???" he said.

Yes I ride a bike, but I find no interest in watching somebody else ride one; especially when all they're doing is trundling around in a circle indoors.

Stopping at a pub, or for tea and cake, might make it more interesting.  Getting outside and actually going somewhere would really make it interesting (That's why I do sometimes watch the Tour de France, for the scenery).  Turning the TV off and going out for a ride would be even better though  ;D

Re: Why so little interest?
« Reply #19 on: November 02, 2009, 12:14:02 pm »

Me? I've been glued to the highlights all afternoon. Fantastic stuff. Geraint Jones was awesome in the pursuit.

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Re: Why so little interest?
« Reply #20 on: November 02, 2009, 12:26:24 pm »

Me? I've been glued to the highlights all afternoon. Fantastic stuff. Geraint Jones was awesome in the pursuit.

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Geraint Thomas. Geraint Jones is a cricketer

You can tell that I'm a keen follower of cycling, can't you.

 :-[

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Re: Why so little interest?
« Reply #21 on: November 02, 2009, 12:28:15 pm »
Double page spread in today's Times.

Watched Paula looking pained on the last bit of a hill in the NY Marathon. Great atmosphere.
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Re: Why so little interest?
« Reply #22 on: November 02, 2009, 12:32:12 pm »
Well, I watched it and it was absolutely sensational.  I can't understand why the women's world record wasn't better covered - they made more of the men's second fastest ever team pursuit time.

The women's team pursuit is a fairly new event so it's going to get broken quite a lot as teams start to prepare properly for it. In Beijing when the GB men broke their own WR, they said it would be a long time before anyone bettered it. And yet here they weren't far off breaking it again - and with an arguably weaker team.

I know it's great and all very exciting and that but MSeries was right, it's only a World Cup. Results in the WC determine how many riders you can take to the World Championships, and this being the only WC round in Europe, GB decided to reduce the amount of travelling they'd have to do in later rounds by going all out for medals in Manchester. Plus it's their home track, of course. Watch how well GB do in later rounds in terms of medals to see the status of a World Cup.

That said, I think the level of media coverage was just down to disinterest - as usual.
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Re: Why so little interest?
« Reply #23 on: November 02, 2009, 12:37:59 pm »
The women's team pursuit is a fairly new event so it's going to get broken quite a lot as teams start to prepare properly for it.

I read this morning that they're aiming to knock a further 15 seconds off the record, which seems to back that up.

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Re: Why so little interest?
« Reply #24 on: November 02, 2009, 01:02:49 pm »
My 2p worth... Although this is a cycling forum that covers many of the many and varied disciplines of cycling, my impression is that the racing aspect is not really one where I would expect it to be covered in any great detail. There are other forums that deal with this, so if I want that I'd look there.

There are members who race and follow racing but on the whole, the forum 'ethos' doesn't really seem to lend itself to this to any great extent. For me it isn't a major problem, as there's plenty elsewhere, and there are many other things that make the forum much better in other regards.