Having two events so close to one another does several things.
First, riders and teams will pick only one of the two events. This means that only half the stars line up. Would you really want to attend a world cup where only half the top riders show up? A rider can't make much improvement in two weeks esp. when traveling a long distance. A rider who medals in the first event has no reason to exhaust himself with a second event so soon. This allows other riders to 'win' against a weaker field. One who would finish in fourth place could win if the three fastest riders elect to skip the following event.
I would love to see a cup in Agua. for the opportunity to see records broken. But if Vogel, Kenny and Trott qualify for worlds two weeks prior and skip this event, then a Meares or Pervis victory is a bit shallow.
I would rather see five cups a month apart leading up to the Worlds.
Shame wrote:Money...that is a good point you make. I guess we will wait and see. As an audience, I don't like having racing in only three months of the year. And coverage of the world cups has been a dismal... last day with highlights thrown in. Go back to full coverage. Please.
oldcrank wrote:More changes in the track cycling world:
The Japanese Keirin Association is allowing foreigners
to race in G3 grade meetings now with the potential
for bigger paydays than the F1 grade meetings they
were previously restricted to. London 2012 medallist
Shane "Perko" Perkins, and Rio 2016 medallists Denis
Dmitriev and Matthijs Buchli are all racing in a G3
meeting this weekend.
Craigee wrote:Who are the clowns who make all the changes to track cycling? Do the leading countries have any input at all?
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