avanti wrote:I can't recall the reason that the track world cup races and world championship races were moved to the winter.
CobbleStoner wrote:it makes sense for the track worlds to be held in spring, the track season is during the winter, it always has been. if you wait until the end of summer, the true track riders are past their peak. It is perfect in spring because the best track riders are peaking and they are also just starting their pro road season (gotta pay the bills) so they can get track over with and race road all summer. The bigger problem is putting the world championships in far away places, like Melbourne. riders with pro road contracts can't go, if worlds were at a European velodrome, it would be no problem. Look at last year in Apeldoorn vs this year in Melbourne, more of the top riders were in Apeldoorn. promote world cycling at the conti level but there is no need to do that at the very top level, it is already there, the top level is almost beyond nationalism, they are world citizens
Master50 wrote:More than road the power in track is shifting away from a Eurocentric, almost to a Commonwealth power. Track is Mondial-izing very fast and there are some very good riders coming from outside of Europe. I appreciate the argument but it is getting more diluted every year. At some point the Euros are going to accept the world is entitled to share the sport and it will change the distribution of power to some advantage and to some loss too.
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