Cookson is worse for cycling than McQuaid

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Benotti69 said:
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Where is the crowd? You know, the people.
They'll be photoshopped in afterwards. :lol:

No ambulances for Ladies TTT and some serious accidents!!!

Hard to see Cookson keep his Presidency after this obvious pocket the money WC
well, maybe this is their vision of the future of cycling: no fans... next time they may try "no journalists" policy (or only well selected parrots)... no inconvenient questions, no curious eyes (btw. all that for safety reasons, obviously)
 
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doperhopper said:
well, maybe this is their vision of the future of cycling: no fans... next time they may try "no journalists" policy (or only well selected parrots)... no inconvenient questions, no curious eyes (btw. all that for safety reasons, obviously)
In-person viewers are not important. Broadcast rights are very important!

The country has a sordid human rights record. Yuck. I guess Verbruggen and the management committee got paid okay!
 
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doperhopper said:
Benotti69 said:
Craigee said:
Where is the crowd? You know, the people.
They'll be photoshopped in afterwards. :lol:

No ambulances for Ladies TTT and some serious accidents!!!

Hard to see Cookson keep his Presidency after this obvious pocket the money WC
well, maybe this is their vision of the future of cycling: no fans... next time they may try "no journalists" policy (or only well selected parrots)... no inconvenient questions, no curious eyes (btw. all that for safety reasons, obviously)
no fans = no sponsors.
 
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DirtyWorks said:
Benotti69 said:
no fans = no sponsors.
Awww C'mon Benotti69! This is 2016!!
Fans is all Ethernet-based now. Attendance is over rated! How many viewers tune in? How much interest on social media? How much money will a host put up?
so... shall we expect deserted Ventoux/Mortirolo/Angliru - fans banned, riders safety first... no chicken run, no "dopers" shoutings/writings, no urine bags, so that "leaned out" zero-to-hero champions can do their job

or why not to move it directly to zwift? you can even participate, how fan-friendly!
 
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DirtyWorks said:
Benotti69 said:
no fans = no sponsors.
Awww C'mon Benotti69! This is 2016!!
Fans is all Ethernet-based now. Attendance is over rated! How many viewers tune in? How much interest on social media? How much money will a host put up?
for cycling, it is a diminishing pool.
 
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doperhopper said:
Benotti69 said:
Craigee said:
Where is the crowd? You know, the people.
They'll be photoshopped in afterwards. :lol:

No ambulances for Ladies TTT and some serious accidents!!!

Hard to see Cookson keep his Presidency after this obvious pocket the money WC
well, maybe this is their vision of the future of cycling: no fans... next time they may try "no journalists" policy (or only well selected parrots)... no inconvenient questions, no curious eyes (btw. all that for safety reasons, obviously)
Don't forget: No police to investigate any possible fraud.
 
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Nick C. said:
Scanning hundreds of bikes with completely ineffective technology

Backtracking on promise of equal wages for women because 'teams would go under' (try applying this logic to business)

Spreading events across the world that the world couldn't give a sh*t about to chase a few bucks doesn't grow the sport, it simply makes it a laughing stock

Committed to dealing with challenges honestly and transparently by doing so as dishonestly, opaquely and tardily as possible

The list of bullsh*t goes on

The man is utterly delusional and a nasty piece of work to boot - very snide and passive/aggressive is the supposedly genial and mild mannered Mr Cookson
 
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ontheroad said:
http://cyclingtips.com/2016/10/inventor-of-hidden-motors-accuses-uci-of-blocking-motor-tests-at-2016-tour-de-france/

Right Brian, what have you got to say about this story then. It would have been easy to dismiss it if Varjas didn't have the Lemonds in tow. If this is genuinely going on then pro cycling is just a complete **** show altogether.
The paid interns and re-named Armstrong fans are already back on the "bitter Lemond" bandwagon...
 
About three years ago I made a post saying that if it weren't for the progress Cookson was promising in respect of women's cycling, I'd probably have preferred McQuaid because it's better the devil you know. Despite the WWT, having now seen the way they're using it to screw over organizers of long-established, prestigious women's stage races, I'm not convinced that even that can defend his run anymore.
 
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Libertine Seguros said:
About three years ago I made a post saying that if it weren't for the progress Cookson was promising in respect of women's cycling, I'd probably have preferred McQuaid because it's better the devil you know. Despite the WWT, having now seen the way they're using it to screw over organizers of long-established, prestigious women's stage races, I'm not convinced that even that can defend his run anymore.
I believe he lives in a bubble and is blissfully unaware.
 
Judging by this, you may be right.

“We have not had any cases of heat exhaustion or heat stroke"

“Obviously this is a part of the world where cycling is not an immediately popular sport, but I think we’ll see a good crowd on Sunday. It is what it is. We’re here."

“There’s a lot of interest in cycling out here."

“I think it’s fair to say that this is a part of the world where interest in our sport is growing. It’s still relatively small in terms of the number of spectators on the roadside but we are here. They are doing a good job for us, they’re promoting the race well, the standard of organisation is high.”

The standard of organization is high? He does remember it took 20 minutes for medical assistance to get to the end of the women's TTT with riders splayed out on the floor in puddles of heat and exertion-induced vomit? He also stresses that "some riders have said some positive things too", as if to concede the majority of opinion has been overwhelmingly negative. Where's Roxane Knetemann's rant when you need it?

At this point he's almost mind-blowingly oblivious to public opinion, literally everything he says on record is digging himself more of a hole. From going awol for a month after the TUE leaks, to the embroiling of an organization that he used to be involved in the management of in a scandal related to a team he used to be on the licencing board of, to then announcing "everything's fine, nothing to see here" in the press, to taking selfies of himself at the start of a race where riders were vomiting and fainting from the heat in a race with more riders than fans, and not very many riders either, to this, it's like he's doubling down on denial, he's not just denying something's rotten about the scandal he's been trying to avoid talking about, he's at the point where he'd deny the sky was blue or water was wet if the press asked him about it. I almost can't believe what I'm reading. Nobody can be that oblivious, surely? Surely he can see that this World Championships is not a raging success? Surely he knows? I know he doesn't want to offend the Qataris while the event is going on but he could at least talk about how they're blazing a trail when it comes to hosting an event of this type in this part of the world so of course there will be teething problems and acclimatization issues but they've worked really hard to make sure the event goes well?
 
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Libertine Seguros said:
About three years ago I made a post saying that if it weren't for the progress Cookson was promising in respect of women's cycling, I'd probably have preferred McQuaid because it's better the devil you know. Despite the WWT, having now seen the way they're using it to screw over organizers of long-established, prestigious women's stage races, I'm not convinced that even that can defend his run anymore.
I believe he lives in a bubble and is blissfully unaware.
I dont. I think he is just greedy and that greed comes before everything and anything.

It appears sporting federation people spend most of their time working on enriching themselves, while the sport continues on around them.

Cookson can lie and smile all the way to the bank. Remember Verbruggen took Kimmage to court and won. I bet that put a spring in the steps of everyone working in sports administration.
 
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^Bang on. Be it wrt Walsh or wrt Clownson, I don't buy the "they've gone senile" point of view.
I think they know darn well what's going on, and have simply sold out. Greed indeed.

And Libertine again hitting several nails on heads, too.
 
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sniper said:
^Bang on. Be it wrt Walsh or wrt Clownson, I don't buy the "they've gone senile" point of view.
I think they know darn well what's going on, and have simply sold out. Greed indeed.

And Libertine again hitting several nails on heads, too.
Most believe that it's Martin Gibbs who runs the UCI and not Cookson. Cookson is just a head piece that gets thrown in front of he camera now & then. The direction has been to underplay any controversy and promote the hell out of British based races and profit making aspects of the UCI. Cookson lives in free accomodation and spends a lot of his time flying around the world. It's a good life. By having literally no one testing positive anymore they pretend that cycling has cleaned up its act. Cookson is a very weak president but I don't think he really cares, he'll be in IOC within 3 years, career politician.
 
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^Bang on. Be it wrt Walsh or wrt Clownson, I don't buy the "they've gone senile" point of view.
I think they know darn well what's going on, and have simply sold out. Greed indeed.

And Libertine again hitting several nails on heads, too.
Of course he knows what's going on.

“We have not had any cases of heat exhaustion or heat stroke" - Brian Cookson

http://giphy.com/gifs/13seb9r9qPRUFG

Look at his foot shaking...
 
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thehog said:
sniper said:
^Bang on. Be it wrt Walsh or wrt Clownson, I don't buy the "they've gone senile" point of view.
I think they know darn well what's going on, and have simply sold out. Greed indeed.

And Libertine again hitting several nails on heads, too.
Most believe that it's Martin Gibbs who runs the UCI and not Cookson. Cookson is just a head piece that gets thrown in front of he camera now & then. The direction has been to underplay any controversy and promote the hell out of British based races and profit making aspects of the UCI. Cookson lives in free accomodation and spends a lot of his time flying around the world. It's a good life. By having literally no one testing positive anymore they pretend that cycling has cleaned up its act. Cookson is a very weak president but I don't think he really cares, he'll be in IOC within 3 years, career politician.
Yep, totally agree, really weak president. As for Gibbs, Verbruggen stated himself that Gibbs is practically in charge and that he has the last word in UCI. And I think old Hein knows this stuff
 
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Im not entirely sure. As far as I understood, cookson had quite a big hand in shaping the CIRC report, for instance, and I assume he's closely involved with CADF. Or is Gibbs also doing the antidoping?
 
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sniper said:
Im not entirely sure. As far as I understood, cookson had quite a big hand in shaping the CIRC report, for instance, and I assume he's closely involved with CADF. Or is Gibbs also doing the antidoping?
Anti-doping is otherwise known as marketing. Gibbs is taking care of that side as well, the bike moto checking is an example of the marketing aspect. The UCI is losing money even with Doha. Gibbs wants to keep more money into the UK via events etc. Business is his game. Cookson wants no controversy to make his next step into the IOC.
 
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yeah, i guess you're right about gibbs.

Prudhomme queried why thermal imaging has not been incorporated into the UCI's existing testing process. He said that he had raised the topic with Barfield when he met with him during last week’s Critérium du Dauphiné.

“I said to him that even if he didn’t believe in thermal imaging, it should be used because no method is infallible and you should use every available methodology at your disposal to find cheats,” Prudhomme said.

“He said he thought it was a good idea because he wanted to show that thermal cameras don’t work. But he needed to speak to his superior, Martin Gibbs the director general of the UCI."
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/prudhomme-calls-for-independent-body-to-deal-with-mechanical-doping/
cookson really is a puppet.
 
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