oldcrank wrote:Deek won the marathon in both 82/Brisbane
and 86/Edinburgh...but regarding velodromes,
even though the 1980 Moscow Olympics
were held indoors, in 1982 a 333 concrete
outdoor track was still very much accepted
as world class.
And to your other point, it would not make
too much sense to build the Queensland
State Velodrome on the Gold Coast if it is
expected to "pay for itself" in the future,
as most sports facilities are now required
to do. I am quite sure that most of the
Gold Coast tax-payers are happy that the
track is in Brisbane in case it does need
injections of funds to keep it afloat. (In
2008, Alex Fulcher MBE, OAM told me that
the Bankstown Sports Club contributes
about $1 million a year to run Dunc Gray)
the banana benders have produced some decent roadies, they might start producing more, and also more trackies. Hepburn is from the gold coast. I am not sure if he has 100% turned his back on the track, but quite a few of this new era, T Meyer, Howard (tho still fit and about 25), Hepburn (still on GE), and Bobridge (back to focus on boards and riding domestic with forklifts), Dale Parker ret.
Durbridge is still uncertain, same with Cam Meyer.
I dont expect them to all be Cancellara or Nibali, but all these riders demonstrated tonnes of promise.
etc. The game is tough. Gerrans had to do about 5 years before he got his start with AGdeuxR. And shlepped around with Ringkerike Norde Bianchi in Norway freezing his balls off for a coupla years. Now his palmares are on a equivalent standing of Anderson, OGrady, Evans, and Mcewen, and surpasses riders like Goss and Cooke and other major talents like Mcgee and Davis.
seems there is a pay off for doing it the hard way. I wonder if Matty White will take a nibble at Porte, because he has foreshadowed this. I have been really impressed with Albasini. poor mans Gerro.
And all the other bargain basement purchases he has made, have been brilliant steals. I think White is the MVP of the peloton. And SBS need to put Cookie on a retainer and per dieum during the Tour, and have him every day do the post show. He is still a boss. Cuts thru the crap. fresh air.