BroDeal said:Must be nice to get an entry without the bother of qualifying.
Looks like Dr. Ferrari won't be able to end his season in July like normal.
Sports events are businesses, LA will bring far more publicity and money than whatever guy won't get a spot because of this. Besides it's not like there's any doubt he can qualify. If Tom Cruise got a spot for free then I'd get the complaint, but asking one of the worlds top endurance athletes to qualify would just be pointless waste of time. I'm no LA cheerleader, but winning 7 Tours really is all the "qualification" he needs. Same principle applies to Udo Bolts though not to the same degree.BroDeal said:Must be nice to get an entry without the bother of qualifying.
anubisza said:*yawn*. I hear he's going to pull a sled in Iditarod in 2012, with Bruyneel as the musher.
Thoughtforfood said:I hear he is also planning a series of workout videos like the one he did last year that all of the fanboys downloaded. This time he will also invite special guests to join him in the taking off of the shirt and getting all glistening and huffy and puffy.
Bustedknuckle said:Ya suppose he has to qualify like everybody else or......
Bag_O_Wallet said:Would it necessarily be Lance or Udo in and someone else out?
Considering the organization has enough discretionary power to waive the qualification process for some, could they have the discretionary power to invite a few extra people?
Bustedknuckle said:They can do whatever they want. This is for $, publicity. Do ya really think a 41(?) year old can win Ironman Hawaii? No more than he will have won the 2010 TdF. It must be on his bucket list, NYC marathon, IronMan Hawaii, have lots of kids with a variety of women, open a bike shop less than a mile away from another Trek store, you know.
He'll be 39-40 depending on the time of year. As to whether he'll win probably not, but I'm pretty sure that he'll do better than the person he might or might not replace.Bustedknuckle said:They can do whatever they want. This is for $, publicity. Do ya really think a 41(?) year old can win Ironman Hawaii? No more than he will have won the 2010 TdF. It must be on his bucket list, NYC marathon, IronMan Hawaii, have lots of kids with a variety of women, open a bike shop less than a mile away from another Trek store, you know.
Cerberus said:as I said:
1) Everybody else won't bring in tons of publicity.
2) Everybody else isn't one of the worlds top endurance athletes.
There are many examples of celebrities getting preferential treatment for all sort of things, but complaining that athletes get special access to athletic events is like complaining that actors get special access to movie premiers.
Ferminal said:Is he? I mean, are pro road cyclists peak endurance athletes?
Sure they have to ride 8 hours uphill at times in certain races, but it's not like a marathon which you can't exactly repeat the next day... Cyclists do it 3 times in a week during Spring. GTs are torture, but recovery is what's most important.
I don't think cyclists get tortured the same as Triathletes or marathon runners. Maybe it's just their plasma fetish. I doubt Lance (or any other professional cyclist) would finish top50 in Hawaii without years of preparation.
(I'm not discounting his inclusion - it's a no brainer, just raising a point)
BroDeal said:Must be nice to get an entry without the bother of qualifying....
Thoughtforfood said:As a "hater" of Tri, I hope he goes there and stays in the sport for the remainder of his midlife crisis.