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Lesser known races 2024 edition

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That was a fun final to watch, more exciting than PR and RvV combined. :laughing:

Really strong performances by Blackmore, Van den Berg and Cosnefroy. Van den Berg looked the strongest on the Moskestraat, but wasn't the smartest. Already before that acceleration he was doing the lion share of the work. But to be fair, you rather steal my heart as a rider showing initiative than just depending on your sprint. Blackmore is an absolute beast, was curious what he could do in such a competitive field but he certainly delivered. What a talent.
 
Do Jayco not have anyone capable of giving Matthews a hand in these races, he'd be favourite if he had help
Have previously posted how weak is Jaycos classic team. Ordinarily you would have Schmid but he only returned to racing last week
while Scotson has not started in 2024. The team for unknown reasons has suffered lots of illness and have struggled to field teams in the last month.
 
Meanwhile, at the Tour du Loir et Cher:


I hereby declare that all Swedes on the forum are allowed to feel a strong sense of National Pride until sunset.
I think it’s been discussed in some other thread in the past, but I find it curious that Sweden produces star performers in many other sports (Nordic & alpine skiing, Athletics for example) but produces so few cyclists performing at the world tour level. Perhaps the bigger emphasis there is on winter sports but folks usually see that as true for Norway too?
 
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I think it’s been discussed in some other thread in the past, but I find it curious that Sweden produces star performers in many other sports (Nordic & alpine skiing, Athletics for example) but produces so few cyclists performing at the world tour level. Perhaps the bigger emphasis there is on winter sports but folks usually see that as true for Norway too?
The Hushovd effect might be a strong contributor when it comes to the cycling boom in Norway. The Gustav Larsson effect in Sweden didn't kick in as hard, maybe.
 
Given the preponderance of video clips of pole vaulters (aside from Duplantis, mostly women vaulters) on Instagram etc, I think there’s likely to be a boom in pole vaulting everywhere.

I’m always a bit envious watching those clips because I was a high school pole vaulter at a small school and my age group was the first to get top-of-line cata-poles. We had to teach ourselves how to perform with bendy/springy poles (our coach was a weight guy and knew nothing). Now I see how they’vegotten the technique done so well, and in particular all the training and technique practice methods they use, and wish we’d had that. We just made up whatever seemed like the best (old school) training: climbing ropes, sit ups, walking on our hands:)
 
I might be confusing you with someone else, but aren't you a Norwegian fella? Is this influx actually Hushovd thing? If so, I can't wait to see what happens once Nordhagen starts winning grand tours.
I am indeed Norwegian.

Exactly what has caused what isn't an exact science of course, but the Tour de France viewership numbers in Norway went absolutely through the roof in the 2000s. Early in that decade, the coverage switched from Eurosport to TV2, which everybody had access to, and that obviously helped numbers. I don't know if TV2 got the rights because Hushovd started to do things, but his successes (and those of Arvesen and EBH later) definitely helped turn TDF into something that 'everybody' watched every summer, regardless of how much (or little) they followed cycling otherwise. I'm in no doubt that this massive interest contributed to a lot of 90s kids taking up cycling, which has led to us having more pros than ever, and even a Norwegian team at a high level, which was almost unthinkable 20 years ago.
 
Given the preponderance of video clips of pole vaulters (aside from Duplantis, mostly women vaulters) on Instagram etc, I think there’s likely to be a boom in pole vaulting everywhere.

I’m always a bit envious watching those clips because I was a high school pole vaulter at a small school and my age group was the first to get top-of-line cata-poles. We had to teach ourselves how to perform with bendy/springy poles (our coach was a weight guy and knew nothing). Now I see how they’vegotten the technique done so well, and in particular all the training and technique practice methods they use, and wish we’d had that. We just made up whatever seemed like the best (old school) training: climbing ropes, sit ups, walking on our hands:)
Me too! In Jr. High we used rigid poles, but then starting my freshman year of HS we got bendy poles and my PR went up 18" as soon as I learned how to ride the bend, then another 12" as I improved on it. Unfortuanely the progress slowed and then platued from then on. Image gaining 3 feet in one year, and then ony another foot the following three years!! Sorry for the ramble off topic...

CONGRATS BC!