Red Ace wrote:Who’s at fault if Cyclingnews.com doesn’t cover the most important UCI Continental event in Oceania?? The New Zealand Cycle Classic finished today with hardly a ripple in the Australian Cycling media...
The UCI Oceania Continential Circuit is on its knees with the NZ event and Canberra’s Oceania Championships the only 2 races currently on the circuit. Sure Australia’s TourDownUnder dwarfs the NZ event but our top Australian Conti teams made sure they had strong teams in NZ, and its these teams that are providing the stepping stones for local riders... Huon Salmon Genesys investing alot of time &money into the event knowing that it will decide the Oceania Rankings. It seemed a good investment with the team winning the tour however very little profile the No 1 ranked Aussie team would surely counting the cost of doing the event, and even publicly asked why the cycling media didn’t acknowledge the race...
The local papers report Oceania new president Tracey Gaudry has been in Adelaide securing the TDU's future in Adelaide!!... Surely she should be in NZ.. there is enough cycling Administration on the biggest cycling junket of the year to hold the SA Government hand.. personally I am sick of Adelaide using the TDU as part of their long standing gripe about losing the F1 to Melbourne.. and for the good of the sport there should be a TDU stage in Victoria’s Ballarat in 2015.
hughmoore wrote:How will having a stage of TDU in Ballarat help the New Zealand Cycle Classic?
PCutter wrote:And frankly, which brain surgeon of a race promoter thinks "gee, there's 52 weeks in the calendar, I think I'll put my race on the same week as the only WT race in the Southern hemisphere, thats a good way to get media coverage for my sponsors"?
Ferminal wrote:Yeh, funny the TDU gets blamed for the non-existence of an Oceania confederation. Turtur maybe, but that isn't directly the TDU. As though if the race in Adelaide didn't exist there would be a dozen UCI races in the region.
Red Ace wrote:Certainly you have a different way of looking at it PCutter - sure the SA government deserve all the congratulations for creating a great event but let’s not get to melodramatic. Sure it might be fair and just that the UCI bow down for the SA Government because they created the event - but this business - and the UCI role is the police the development of the sport - not carry premier Jay Wilson Weatherill around on their shoulders feeding him grapes and toast the wonders of Adelaide..
PCutter you might get a bit of a shock at the money and commitment Vic Events was putting into the Sun Tour - and how the growth of the SunTour and TDU came down to a fairly dirty the fight for the use of the ProTour riders; the SunTours spot on the UCI Calendar and SA wiliness to pay the biggest drug cheat the world appearance money...
From past posts I know that Ferminal doesn’t like to skim to far below the surface on most issues and certainly avoids any conspiracy stories... however PCutter -please consider to this point in time the TDU has had plenty of assistance from the UCI (and maybe that was because of the alliances of the past Oceania President???) so I am just suggesting it’s time for the UCI to focus on its own objectives and start considering on the development of the general Oceania conti circuit.
Strangely my initial post wasn’t aimed at the TDU – I luv the event – It seems to have drifted onto the subject –Initially I was just amazed that cyclingnews.com didn’t cover Oceania’s only continental circuit tour!! The Site didn’t even post a result for the NZ NZCT Classic!!
Long time Oceania administrator Graham Sycamore believes the UCI needs to relax the rules to develop a network of respectable races in the region. It seems Cyclingnews.com has evaluated the New Zealand Classic as not worth covering... so maybe the editor should have some input into which events the media believe should become the UCI events in Oceania. Because by not covering the event it sinks the boot into the race anyway.
hughmoore wrote:So your saying the NZCT gave Cyclingnews results/writeup of the event and Cyclingnews refused to publish it?
So TDU used dirty tactics to get the international riders to not come in October for the Sun Tour, instead come to TDU in January. What were these dirty tactics?
SA made heaps out of having Lance, he was a bargain at $3M
What should be done to develop the Conti circuit, what events are in the conti circuit now?
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