Could we also include Esteban Chaves in this? Then I'll be happy...Unsure if already posted, but Tour Colombia is back.
I want to see Bernal, Nairo in the Colombia kit, Miguel Angel in a cunning disguise and that commentator that goes mad every time a South American guy attacks.
Only just occurred to me: why are the titles for the outstanding riders in the conditions of Dutch speaking Belgium, nearly always won by Dutch speaking Belgians and awarded by a Dutch language Belgian newspaper, in French?
(or does my lack of knowledge of Flemish/Dutch extend to not realise that adjectives in those languages look like French?)
Thank you.If I remember well, "flandrien" started out as a mildly derogatory term for East and West Flanders seasonal workers in northern France and Wallonia, then became a honourary term for Flemish track and road cyclists.
Wikipedia calls it a belgicism - an example in Belgian French is the word "dringuelle" (drinkgeld in Flemish, tip in English, pourboire in French) or in Flemish the word kado (cadeau in French, gift in English).
Today a Flandrien denotes "a cyclist with an undiluted attacking instinct. A cyclist who rides through all conditions, never hangs his head (and preferably also wins the race)." Some of the overtones of regional superiority are not great, but okay.
Don’t let the bib shorts stop you from becoming a real flandrien or flandrienne – SIROKO CYCLING COMMUNITYI hope our Flemish readers will forgive our boldness in using one of their very own terms to name one of our products. Well, at least it is a neat and classicwww.siroko.com
Is a flahute the same, or the extreme of being a flandrien, or what?
I understood the concept of the Flandrien(ne), I was just surprised to see a French word for an obviously Flemish concept, but @sevenall has gone a grand job of sourcing and explaining it.
One of the reasons I left racing was the absolute negative support USAC provided to promoters. Most regional stage races have disappeared. Largely the died because the USAC event insurance costs were punitive with no incentive for local agencies/sponsors to support events that historically were part community identity. Parking lot crits don't attract fans but they didn't require expensive police control for roads. Gran Fondos are not a substitute for good road races; they are club rides with a few hyper-serious competitors.I can't say how happy I am to see posts all over the forms and cycling sites about general unhappiness about bike racing business model and Life Time Grand Prix has engaged.
The prize list is bigger than anything offered in the US by anyone, ever. They have taken control of their product and using a rider resume system having 60 quality athletes competing against each other. The predictable format and race venues make the riders, races and individual races and overall series championship title easy to follow.
USA Cycling and others are completely asleep about the product of bike racing and the rider and fan experience and have summarily dropped the ball .Life Time also has the ultra popular part of the product which is age grade and other public categories for participation by thousands.So you can go with family and friends and enjoy one or both experiences.. Follow the race or participate in the gran fondo style event with fun and spectacle or both.
The format has room for wide variables like a Valverde, MVP, Wout or Pidcock coming to one or more events and racing for a result and playing a small factor in the overall race series outcome. In my view NCL is doomed for lack of media presence, and ultra confusing and complicated race format and scoring, by design it's absolutely impossible to follow the race even going as far as to have riders who appear to have dropped out, only to be resting and reenter to contest intermediate sprints. Crit series an old take on regional teams that are not just guys assembled together for the race but may have never been to the city they are riding for or met other teammates previously. Better than NCL but miserable.
And USA cycling offering zero organization, w rumored no age grade national championship so really no focus for anyone..
Super happy to see someone try to make bike racing survive and thrive in the US
In the US we are really at a crossroads.. Most races are gone.. and criteriums while easier to make happen almost everything is done. Redlands is early, too short in distance and days and has a very limited prize list to attract more talent. The spinoffs are trying and NCL and Crit series working hard both w an almost zero media presence, so if you find yourself at a race location city you may have a chance to take in the event. For the most part races are seldom over 2 hours..Does anyone else find it ironic that the e-sports championships are held in Dubai? One of the least bike friendly environments on the planet encouraging "competitors" to fly to compete indoors seems like a gigantic environmental F*ck you. Now, if they had all competitors do an outdoor TT, Road race and circuit/crit and then do the indoor version in a 3 day period it could be interesting. Still stupid but interesting to non-competitors to watch.
Not really cycling related, but I thought it wonderful that Isotta Fraschini launched their new car by driving it from Milan to San Remo...