Actually it's exciting if you love Xc skiing.kingjr said:In the mass start you can at least see something of the tracks, it's so dull to just have a camera at the split times and see athletes coming through. And I rather have todays last 2k than what i said above, especially when someone is winning right from the first timecheck...
I love to watch the actual skiing, the beauty and aesthetics of the movement. individual starts where the winner is obvious if they would have a camera that would follow that guy around the whole track, but no, you keep seeing the same hilltops throughout the whole race.Bavarianrider said:If you like long borefests that and in a sprint, well actually there is a racing series for that. It's called marathon cup. Everybody can go there and watch it. But World Cup/Olympic cross country skking should be real cross country skiing as it was meant to be.
Well, flat stages aren't really favorites around here and I think most fan that way. Sprints are interesting, but that's such a small part of a flat stage.python said:no offense to anyone, but i really find the arguments 'the-sport-should-be-this-or-that' pointless. sure, a long itt is a better individual measure of endurance...sure, mass starts are boring. but are they really more boring than watching 200 cycling men chatting, chewing and stretching for 5 hours
i also have my preferences. i'd rather see 80% of races being a classic style. i'd also change skating sprints so that fewer falls decide placings...i'd introduce more and longer sustained climbs. whatever.
but i will also enjoy the sport -THE WAY IT IS. because it wastes my energy to worry over things outside my control.
It would help if they simply would stop using salt. If they hadn't used salt today we would have seen a lot harder conditions.maltiv said:Today's race would've been much better if the snow conditions were worse. However, today the snow was extremely fast, which resulted in an average speed of almost 30 kph. Thus the advantages of drafting are significantly increased, which reduces the incentive for attacking.
To prevent this development in the future, they should make the courses even tougher. At the moment there's a limit of how many altitude meters they can have on the course (I think it's 1500 meters), but when even the courses at the limit result in a bunch sprint, the limit has to be increased.