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Lesser known races 2024 edition

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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.
I think Emma Johansson and Jenny Rissveds did more in terms of exposure, than Gustav.

Cycling is a big recreational sport here. Something a lot of people have taken up as they have gotten older. Like people in their 30s and 40s. There has definitely been a big cycling-boom in that regard. "Vättern-rundan" is something a lot of people rides each year. 300km around our second largest lake.

It is a staple where you also ski 90km (Vasaloppet), swim 3km (Vansbrosimmet) and run 30km (Lidingöloppet). It is called doing the "Swedish Classic", pretty much word for word translated, you must do within one year. All four things.

Anyway... among the younger generation cycling has not become a big thing though, as far as I know. Just using it to try not to be late for school.
 
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!
Love to hear it :) What size school were you at? The neighboring city school next to our small-town school, where we had a meet once a year, had the all the updated stuff (poles, foam pit, composite track, years before our school had any of that. In fact, after they installed their modern landing pit, we noticed they left the bags of foam that made up their old pit piled off to the side unused. Our own pit was so bad that a vaulting buddy and I felt justified (in out adolescent mindset) to climb over their facility fence one winter night, and steal one of big bags of foam.
 
Love to hear it :) What size school were you at? The neighboring city school next to our small-town school, where we had a meet once a year, had the all the updated stuff (poles, foam pit, composite track, years before our school had any of that. In fact, after they installed their modern landing pit, we noticed they left the bags of foam that made up their old pit piled off to the side unused. Our own pit was so bad that a vaulting buddy and I felt justified (in out adolescent mindset) to climb over their facility fence one winter night, and steal one of big bags of foam.
I grew up in a small (~2,000 people) logging town in north Idaho. We had a nice vaulting pit, but a cinder track and runway. I loved it when we would go to meets that had a composite track and runway!
 
As far as the race goes this probably interests nobody, but the Redlands Classic started today in California, near Anaheim. Five day stage race, that once marked the breakthrough of Adrien Costa Powless, McNulty and AJ August. Well, the reason I am posting this is this backdrop behind the Highland Circuit. This is pure ciclismo.

(My money is on Tyler Stites to win btw)

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As far as the race goes this probably interests nobody, but the Redlands Classic started today in California, near Anaheim. Five day stage race, that once marked the breakthrough of Adrien Costa Powless, McNulty and AJ August. Well, the reason I am posting this is this backdrop behind the Highland Circuit. This is pure ciclismo.

(My money is on Tyler Stites to win btw)

GK0tXYwaIAMZADc
Wow, truly stunning and beautiful! That Californian tarmac is unrivaled.
 
As far as the race goes this probably interests nobody, but the Redlands Classic started today in California, near Anaheim. Five day stage race, that once marked the breakthrough of Adrien Costa Powless, McNulty and AJ August. Well, the reason I am posting this is this backdrop behind the Highland Circuit. This is pure ciclismo.

(My money is on Tyler Stites to win btw)

GK0tXYwaIAMZADc
Thanks. I would go watch if I lived down there.
 
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Tomorrow Friday 12 April it's time for the 4th Classic Grand Besançon Doubs (1.1 the only races worth watching!) 171.3 km, start 11.40 CET, TV from 13.30 CET
Startlist at https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/classic-grand-besancon-doubs/2024/startlist
Worth noting that FDJ have both Gaudu and Little Lenny M down on the startlist at the moment. How this will play out with the rumoured move to Bahrain by Little Lenny M will be interesting to watch. Otherwise, there's Gall & Martin.

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The big finish will be the second ascent of ...
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Wow! Just recovering from Little Lenny's masterclass, and we're doing it all over again on Saturday at,
Tour du Jura Cycliste - Domblans to Mont Poupet (Salin-les-bains) 174.6 km (1.1 of course, the only races worth watching!) start 10.10 CET, TV from 11.15 (? not sure about that 11.40 CET on L'Equipe))

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startlist at https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/tour-du-jura-cycliste/2024/startlist (about the same as Friday's race) - Go Little Lenny M! :) Finish is a tough one -
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