Author Topic: Claire Balding and Cycling  (Read 4769 times)

David Martin

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Claire Balding and Cycling
« on: August 15, 2008, 12:00:33 pm »
She really doesn't get it, does she? Her whole demeanour is as if she is wiping something nasty off her shoe.

Jill Douglas on the other hand is doing a great job.

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Re: Claire Baldwin and Cycling
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2008, 12:02:10 pm »
She's more animated when the womens' cycling is on.

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Re: Claire Baldwin and Cycling
« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2008, 12:12:51 pm »
She's a horsey type isn't she?
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Re: Claire Baldwin and Cycling
« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2008, 01:46:20 pm »
No, she's a lady golfer  ;)

Re: Claire Baldwin and Cycling
« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2008, 01:48:59 pm »
No, she's a lady golfer  ;)

I think you'll find she was Champion Lady Rider in 1990, but "lady golfer" is one that I haven't heard before.
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Re: Claire Baldwin and Cycling
« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2008, 02:36:04 pm »
.... isn't she Balding not Baldwin (that's her name - not her hair)?

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Re: Claire Baldwin and Cycling
« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2008, 02:37:39 pm »
Claire Balding lives on my brother's road in West London.

Until I met her I never even realised she ate sushi off the barber shop floor.

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Re: Claire Baldwin and Cycling
« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2008, 02:59:07 pm »
No, she's a lady golfer  ;)

I think you'll find she was Champion Lady Rider in 1990, but "lady golfer" is one that I haven't heard before.

Correct, and her father is Toby Balding, also ex jockey and retired racehorse trainer -  she usually covers the racing on BBC

Re: Claire Baldwin and Cycling
« Reply #8 on: August 15, 2008, 03:01:08 pm »
She's a horsey type isn't she?

Yes, I don't like her. She struggles covering anything other than horse-related.
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Re: Claire Baldwin and Cycling
« Reply #9 on: August 15, 2008, 03:05:46 pm »
How good do you think Phil Liggett would be covering Horse Trials then ;D

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Re: Claire Baldwin and Cycling
« Reply #10 on: August 15, 2008, 04:20:12 pm »
How good do you think Phil Liggett would be covering Horse Trials then ;D

But he isn't. She is supposed to be covering everything. She could at least try to sound interested if it has less than 4 legs.

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Re: Claire Baldwin and Cycling
« Reply #11 on: August 15, 2008, 04:25:01 pm »
How good do you think Phil Liggett would be covering Horse Trials then ;D

Much the same as Duffers gets on with cycling... ;)

Re: Claire Baldwin and Cycling
« Reply #12 on: August 15, 2008, 04:25:31 pm »
she must be missing her usual sparring partner ......

Willie Carson  ;)

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Re: Claire Baldwin and Cycling
« Reply #13 on: August 15, 2008, 04:41:12 pm »
She likes Willie  ???

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Re: Claire Balding and Cycling
« Reply #14 on: August 15, 2008, 05:02:14 pm »
I'm not sure why Clare Balding's sexuality would have anything to do with her interest, or otherwise, in cycling  >:(

I think she's doing a good job, for what it's worth, and if  we're going to be critical of the 'generic' presenters, I think we'd have a much better time discussing the truly awful and cringe making Adrian Childs, whose trousers are much too tight in my humble opinion :sick:

(though, of course, his trousers and the tightness thereof would have nothing to do with his interest in cycling)   ;D
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Re: Claire Balding and Cycling
« Reply #15 on: August 15, 2008, 05:24:45 pm »
Speaking of other presenters... the best thing about Gabby Logan being out in Beijing for the Olympics is that she's not on R5 at the weekend.
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Re: Claire Balding and Cycling
« Reply #16 on: August 15, 2008, 05:48:35 pm »
Gabby is a fox.

I'm not sure why anyone would bother tuning into R5 though.........
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Re: Claire Balding and Cycling
« Reply #17 on: August 15, 2008, 05:49:44 pm »
I'm not sure why Clare Balding's sexuality would have anything to do with her interest, or otherwise, in cycling  >:(

I think she's doing a good job, for what it's worth, and if  we're going to be critical of the 'generic' presenters, I think we'd have a much better time discussing the truly awful and cringe making Adrian Childs, whose trousers are much too tight in my humble opinion :sick:

(though, of course, his trousers and the tightness thereof would have nothing to do with his interest in cycling)   ;D

It's actually  CHILES ... and he is a bit of a cyclist, he did a UK tour for the Business Lunch prog a couple of years ago and also did an epic charity ride, I think, last November linked to Children in Need.

(But I do agree he's crap as a presenter on the Olympics)

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Re: Claire Balding and Cycling
« Reply #18 on: August 15, 2008, 05:53:08 pm »
I'm not sure why anyone would bother tuning into R5 though.........

Football, Cricket and sport in general.
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Re: Claire Balding and Cycling
« Reply #19 on: August 15, 2008, 05:54:17 pm »
I'm not sure why Clare Balding's sexuality would have anything to do with her interest, or otherwise, in cycling  >:(

I think she's doing a good job, for what it's worth, and if  we're going to be critical of the 'generic' presenters, I think we'd have a much better time discussing the truly awful and cringe making Adrian Childs, whose trousers are much too tight in my humble opinion :sick:

(though, of course, his trousers and the tightness thereof would have nothing to do with his interest in cycling)   ;D

It's actually  CHILES ... and he is a bit of a cyclist, he did a UK tour for the Business Lunch prog a couple of years ago and also did an epic charity ride, I think, last November linked to Children in Need.

(But I do agree he's crap as a presenter on the Olympics)

Rob

Chiles or Childs, he's still too big for his pants (so there ;D)

(and it's Clare, not Claire)   ;)
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Re: Claire Balding and Cycling
« Reply #20 on: August 15, 2008, 05:54:55 pm »

It's actually  CHILES ... and he is a bit of a cyclist, he did a UK tour for the Business Lunch prog a couple of years ago and also did an epic charity ride, I think, last November linked to Children in Need.

Rob

Actually it was this spring, for Sport Relief [/pedant]  ;D

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Re: Claire Balding and Cycling
« Reply #21 on: August 15, 2008, 06:07:47 pm »

It's actually  CHILES ... and he is a bit of a cyclist, he did a UK tour for the Business Lunch prog a couple of years ago and also did an epic charity ride, I think, last November linked to Children in Need.

Rob

Actually it was this spring, for Sport Relief [/pedant]  ;D
i think Chiles is an excellent presenter, and was impressed by his NooCAStle ride with Shearer.

HOWEVER he has a lot of work to do for cyclists to forgive him for the scraped knees question (interview with Nicole Cooke IIRC).
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Re: Claire Balding and Cycling
« Reply #22 on: August 15, 2008, 06:10:34 pm »
I'm not sure why anyone would bother tuning into R5 though.........

Football, Cricket and sport in general.
... but mainly football, let's be honest (even in July it's all they talk about).

When they do cover other sports, it is usually high quality. And I find their news coverage more palatable than Radio 4 (I need a low-brow-but-not-tabloid version of world events).
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Re: Claire Balding and Cycling
« Reply #23 on: August 15, 2008, 08:32:44 pm »
She's a horsey type isn't she?

Yes, I don't like her. She struggles covering anything other than horse-related.

Well, I really like her and think she does a great job. Very engaging, and I think she's made good work of moving from the geegees over to other sports. So there.  :)

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Re: Claire Balding and Cycling
« Reply #24 on: August 15, 2008, 09:21:36 pm »
And I agree with little miss mac ( so ner, ner, ne, ner, ner...)  ;D
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