53 x 11 said:
While I don’t want to stick up for WonderLance, a poster here has made repeated insults about where several other forum members live, if this is not personal what is? And anyway, it looks as if WL genuinely agrees with him, you don’t want to deny those two their ‘special time'.
At least have the gumption to name me. Picked on people for where they live? No, I made a comment about a hill (underated). It had nothing to do with where Berty lives, I merely pointed out that explained his reaction to what I'd written. Do I think "NSW is the place to be?" Maybe if you live in the Shire (no not the Lord of the Rings to those who don't know) or the Central Coast. The rest of the state is just a place to live.
Yes coincidence that Berty lives at Wilunga. Have I been there? No. Given my education and understanding of economics, I find the notion of mockery based on social-economic status appalling and if I wished to disrespect someone based only upon where they live (or occupation and history), I'd be very direct and associate a person with something truly dispicable, ie: a hovel (there are a number in my home state). Do I know if Wilunga is anything but a fine place to live? I cannot assume anything other than it is. But I can comment on its suitability as an element in a cycling event. Nothing is wrong with Wilunga, the race just needs more hills like it. Is this odd on a personal level. No, given I love mountainous terrain and riding hills. It is the interesting part that separates riders.
If it sounded like I was bagging Adelaide, I wasn't, I was simply commenting and detailing the failings of their government, primarily in obtaining primary sporting attractions. I don't feel the need to always address positives when it is unnecessary, simply to avoid making my very long post even longer. Readers, particularly locals of Adelaide are well versed on the benefits of their city. Adelaide has great weather, great wineries nearby and top beaches. Plenty to sell and advertise. Housing is cheaper than NSW, public transport is better, (parking meters are ripoffs but who cares), its just that aside from the AFL, cricket, soccer and the TDU, Adelaide trails in behind the eastern state capitals in sports representation. But someone has to with the geographical range and population of Australia. Personally I say give them back the F1.
So Berty and also aussiecyclefan if you think I was knocking Adelaide or where you live, I wasn't, I was merely taking issue with the numbers (gradient, hardness) of Wilunga hill as I think it does not warrant what I've been told and how I associate it with other climbs on a numerical basis. Also, the weather...the heat is great. Beats being cold.
Also (and I know this is being discussed in another topic) if in real life, not the interwebs, I think someone is behaving like an idiot chances are I am going to call them that. Why should this be any different on this forum? In this thread a member has repeatedly made long stupid post after long stupid post and has not listened when his ignorance, contradictions and insults have been pointed out, what else is one to do?
Insults. I could have after Berty's reaction and quote about NSW and where I live...but he is unaware of the specifics, I left them out because the issue was about the TDU as a cycling event and that alone. Plus, as I've pointed out I understand why he did it. More or less a misunderstanding of the topic content...cycling event versus the location. Contradiction. Hypothetical. Disagree all you want but at least I was willing to give Cadel the benefit of the doubt and suggest, with a highly unlikely chance of it ever happening, that he could win the biggest race in Australia. How many other fans will do this, let alone one who has riders he prefers hands down over Cadel. Yes it would be very unlikely but given everything I've mentioned and the way the race has been raced the last few years...it could happen if he makes a breakaway. Nobody wins it by more than a handful of seconds. Get him to race first and then get him to care (I admitted I don't think either will happen thus everything I suggested was a hypothetical) I appreciate the way he rides and more importantly how he's ridden this year. Heck if I can get the entire podium of the Tour right (months before it occurred) and all but Cadels placing at the Vuelta correct then I will remain confident in my ability to see it and call it as it is. My having a contentious opinion on one minor aspect of cycling hardly makes me an idiot or lacking in overall scope and knowledge on the sport. But I can see how that helps your argument. But I will disagree with Cadel's comments today. He can't win the tour, but he can win one of the other tours and he better change his attitude towards finding satisfaction only when he wins the TdF, because he may end up being very unsatisfied (never a good thing for anyone).
Issoisso, glad someone else saw the glaringly obvious moment of stupidity by Cadel. World champs don't wear the jersey during the WC event. Sure on the podium, but that is it.
And I agreed with you, the race is more of a holiday but in January why should it be anything else?
It wouldn't. Everyone is on holidays or going back to work. January is when the tennis is on (when we can drag them away from Europe and the US), golf, etc and happens to fill the 3 and a half weeks between some major public holidays. Too boot January on a climatic level has the best weather of the year, minus the odd bushfire. I wonder who will get more TV time. Tiger or Lance? My money is on Tiger. Arguably the best sportsman in the world who dominates every event in a global sport any day, over a multiple champion of one single event in a sport that is not truly global. Rip off as well in appearance fees, but the numbers are an estimated 25,000 daily at the Aus Masters three months before the event (not free either unlike cycling ). Cycling has a long way to go in this country.
To whoever it was who mentioned Cadel and road usage and their personal reflection on nearly being hit 30 odd times...thanks for proving my point. You may not realise it but given the events and press cycling has had the last month (all negative) the no.1 cyclist in Australia needs to do a lot better than his previous comments. Antagonising the general road users who have low respect for bike riders and pointing out personal frustrations (no matter how accurate and real) does not help change attitudes. Diplomacy and education are needed for everyone to induce a semi-harmony. Cadel should not be giving an opinion on bike/car road relations, it will just divide even further those who are already on opposite sides. Leave it to an authoritative figurehead.