Good post.Cannibal72 said:Rio, which is a shame.
Road cycling's place in the Olympic Games is a little confusing to me. It's one of not that many sports which aren't defined by the Olympics (tennis, football etc) but are in them anyway; equally, it's much more of a niche sport than tennis or football, so this is some of the biggest publicity cycling gets all year. I'm happy to see it there, but I think that from the point of view of cycling's history, it's important not to take it too seriously. For the Olympics to be more important than an honorary Monument is not good. The Olympics are a diversionary sideshow; they cannot be more important than the WCRR, which is an integral part of cycling's history. A lot of sports which are dominated by the Olympics have severe trouble attracting interest in odd-numbered years, which is a fate cycling would do well to avoid.
Unfortunately, the UCI has chosen to legitimise a brutal and oppressive regime; to send riders to a 257km race in absurd and extreme conditions; to distort the calendar; and, least importantly of all but still pretty significantly, to pervert cycling with this nonsense of a course. Why? For a cheap buck. The worst thing about it is the way they dress up that sordid money-grabbing as some kind of commendable widening of the reach of the sport. Every time I see the advert for it declaiming 'the first world championships in the Middle East', it makes me want to throw up. Yes, of course it's the first WC in the Middle East, but that doesn't automatically make everything all right. It is an artificial globalisation - made all the more jarring by the fact that, in Eritrea, Colombia, Malaysia, and other countries with less oil money there are genuine cycling booms, with not a whole lot of help from the UCI. (Incidentally, Colombia bid to host this race.) I expect attendance to be desultory, interest to be low - and this from an event which has the potential to be genuinely inspiring, to new generations of fans. So who's it for? Not for the migrant labourers kept in conditions not fit for animals and institutionally exploited; not even for the Western expats who'll line the roadside - a bit. It's for Qatar, and there's nothing special about cycling. They're just trying to milk every sport they can find for as much positive publicity as they can muster. It's just a shame the UCI has decided to make cycling fans pay the price.
agree 100% with both ... going the Bernie Ecclestone way in terms of globalisation could prove desastrous to cycling ... unlike Formula One cycling roots in blue collar and therefore only works if masses of spectators are willing to be waiting for hours or even days just for the few seconds it takes the peleton to pass by ... accordingly, World Tour events in countries with no (competition)cycling tradition like China obviously didn't work .... I also agree countries like Australia, Britain, Colombia, USA and even more recent Eritrea or South Africa with a short, but grassroot based cycling tradition would be a far better choice for World's than e.g. Middle East ....BigMac said:
^hrotha said:WC > OR, but Rio > Doha.