Author Topic: A random racing thread for non Grand Tour stuff.  (Read 16176 times)

Dibdib

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Re: A random racing thread for non Grand Tour stuff.
« Reply #25 on: April 02, 2015, 04:44:05 pm »
Great shot! What are the square things sticking out beyond their stems?

Computers. Looks like an SRM on Kristoff's (below) and dunno about Greipel's (above).

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: A random racing thread for non Grand Tour stuff.
« Reply #26 on: April 02, 2015, 04:48:48 pm »
Ta. Wondered if it might be that or some sort of timing device (ok, so that's what a computer is, but I mean strictly related to crossing the line - like goal line technology for the UCI!)
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Re: A random racing thread for non Grand Tour stuff.
« Reply #27 on: April 02, 2015, 09:51:54 pm »
SRM display or similar would be my guess.
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Dibdib

  • Fat'n'slow
Re: A random racing thread for non Grand Tour stuff.
« Reply #28 on: April 02, 2015, 10:07:38 pm »
The timing transponders are usually on the chainstay.

In other news, Twitter gossip is that Wiggins is going to try to put the 10mi record to bed. He's confirmed that he's doing a 10 in Hull in June May (thanks Pharti):

https://youtu.be/_m0buv4xzAg?t=2m

Karla

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Re: A random racing thread for non Grand Tour stuff.
« Reply #29 on: April 02, 2015, 10:41:53 pm »
He then corrected that to May.  It's the CRC Hull event.  I was thinking of doing that one, I wonder if I'll be his minute man?

EDIT: Watching the rest of the video, it sounds like he'll be riding Paris Roubaix in support of G. 

Dibdib

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Re: A random racing thread for non Grand Tour stuff.
« Reply #30 on: April 02, 2015, 10:45:25 pm »
I must not drive 500 miles to watch a club race,
I must not drive 500 miles to watch a club race,
I must not drive 500 miles to watch a club race,
I must not drive 500 miles to watch a club race...

I think he was saying he was supporting G for Flanders. As for Roubaix, who knows. I think Sky's best bet is to pull a Quickstep - throw Stannard, Wiggins and Thomas down the road, and see what sticks.

Karla

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Re: A random racing thread for non Grand Tour stuff.
« Reply #31 on: April 02, 2015, 10:55:52 pm »
You're probably right.

As for the Hull race, it's an open not a club event.  In fact there are two: one for the fastest riders and one for the slowest.

I hope Dowsett, Hutch and Botty enter so Wiggins is only the 4th fastest seed  :demon:

Dibdib

  • Fat'n'slow
Re: A random racing thread for non Grand Tour stuff.
« Reply #32 on: April 02, 2015, 10:57:57 pm »
Club or open (I just meant "organised by a club"), it's still way too far to travel just to stand next to a dual carriageway for two hours!

mattc

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Re: A random racing thread for non Grand Tour stuff.
« Reply #33 on: April 03, 2015, 08:43:40 am »
I wouldnt drive anywhere to watch a TT.

If it was local, I'd ride a few miles to watch the "Big Boys" grind past; then maybe a ride to the results "ceremony".

(will they get one of those silly gold thrones in for the occasion?)
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Salvatore

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Re: A random racing thread for non Grand Tour stuff.
« Reply #34 on: April 05, 2015, 11:42:25 am »
Matt Brammeier's stem for the Tour of Flanders, showing, on the stem, where the cobbles and climbs are. On the handlebars is a reminder of where there's a prime for the first rider through to win his own weight in beer.



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Dibdib

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Re: A random racing thread for non Grand Tour stuff.
« Reply #35 on: April 05, 2015, 04:23:36 pm »
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Re: A random racing thread for non Grand Tour stuff.
« Reply #36 on: April 06, 2015, 08:19:51 am »
Re tour of Flanders 2015:
It is a long time since I rode a massed start event, if audax events don't count, so perhaps I am out of touch.   But is there anyone out there who can justify the tactics of team Sky in yesterdays race?    Once again the team spent hours "controlling" the race with the result that when the real action started Thomas was left with one helper, who again rode himself into the ground, leaving Thomas with no support for the final action. 
Is it me?

LittleWheelsandBig

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Re: A random racing thread for non Grand Tour stuff.
« Reply #37 on: April 06, 2015, 08:24:34 am »
Not just you. When Sean Yates was moved on, Sky lost their tactical brains.
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mattc

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Re: A random racing thread for non Grand Tour stuff.
« Reply #38 on: April 06, 2015, 08:36:04 am »
I thought Sky had no 1-day success until this year? Some have commented that they never adjusted their tactics from their Grand Tour strategies.

Havent seen any coverage - what did Katusha "do right"?

(Sky can't have had worse tactics than Boonen &co a couple of weeks back :P )
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Re: A random racing thread for non Grand Tour stuff.
« Reply #39 on: April 06, 2015, 08:51:22 am »

Posted by: mattc: Today at 08:36:04 AM »

Havent seen any coverage - what did Katusha "do right"?

Well, for a start, they won the race. 

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Re: A random racing thread for non Grand Tour stuff.
« Reply #40 on: April 06, 2015, 09:40:52 am »

Well, for a start, they won the race.
i bow down before your superior tactical analysis.
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citoyen

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Re: A random racing thread for non Grand Tour stuff.
« Reply #41 on: April 06, 2015, 09:59:30 am »
Earlier, when Sky were busy controlling the front of the race, Kristoff was seen hanging round near the back of the peloton with Paolini and getting caught behind the crashes.

Etixx seemed to get their tactics right. Not much they could do about Kristoff though.

Re: A random racing thread for non Grand Tour stuff.
« Reply #42 on: April 06, 2015, 07:43:02 pm »
Havent seen any coverage - what did Katusha "do right"?

Kristoff / Katusha prepared better than Thomas / Sky.

Re: A random racing thread for non Grand Tour stuff.
« Reply #43 on: April 06, 2015, 07:56:53 pm »
Are we forgetting Sky's success in the 'classics' this season?

They can't win every race and without a 'Tom or Fabian' they appear to be doing OK.

Re: A random racing thread for non Grand Tour stuff.
« Reply #44 on: April 07, 2015, 08:31:20 am »

Posted by: Veloman: Yesterday at 07:56:53 PM »

Are we forgetting Sky's success in the 'classics' this season?

Which races are you defining as "classics"?

E3 Harelbeke, which was a good win for Geraint Thomas, IMO does not rate as highly as Ghent-Wevelgem, Tour of Flanders or even 3 days de Panne.

I hope that Team Sky will have more success in Paris-Roubaix, Liege-Bastogne-Liege, Fleche Wallone, and Amstel Gold all of which are rated as "classics"

Ruthie

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Re: A random racing thread for non Grand Tour stuff.
« Reply #45 on: April 10, 2015, 10:14:28 am »
Paris-Roubaix today apparently  :)

So Kraftwerk Tour de France is on the radio.  ;D
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LEE

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Re: A random racing thread for non Grand Tour stuff.
« Reply #46 on: April 13, 2015, 11:34:48 am »
Paris-Roubaix today apparently  :)

So Kraftwerk Tour de France is on the radio.  ;D

Some incredibly dangerous and irresponsible stuff from Paris Roubaix.

Fodder for the "Red light Jumpers" brigade

Rail Crossing Nob-Heads

That just needed the Marshall's to tell cyclists that any crossings such as this would be made a neutral zone if the barriers split the peloton.  Potential for a catastrophy there.
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mattc

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Re: A random racing thread for non Grand Tour stuff.
« Reply #47 on: April 13, 2015, 12:06:11 pm »
Its a french thing.

Pretty sure there are big penalties for that on Le Tour - but if the french choose to ignore such rules when it suits them, c'est la vie!

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LittleWheelsandBig

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Re: A random racing thread for non Grand Tour stuff.
« Reply #48 on: April 13, 2015, 12:25:01 pm »
There are penalties in Paris-Roubaix for jumping closed level crossings. The winning breakaway got DQed a couple of years ago for that.
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Re: A random racing thread for non Grand Tour stuff.
« Reply #49 on: April 13, 2015, 03:12:05 pm »
I won't excuse passing the barrier, but that video clip has been edited in a way that makes it looks closer than it was.
on my recording: at
1:45:24 the barriers start to close
1:45:36 barriers are down
1:45:39 motorcyclist (marshal or policeman?) makes a clear indication to stop the riders
Three riders squeeze past the motorcyclist, the worst and latest of whom is a lotto rider in red
1:45:46 Lotto rider clears the far barrier
1:45:53 Train arrives.

the BBC clip edits out from 1:45:42 to 1:45:53

So, not good at all in my opinion, but not as bad as that clip made out.