The ToB finishes a fortnight before the Worlds so that's where its focus should be, and GB has the right terrain for the sort of attritional stages that would make good preparation. The transport and tourist infrastructure is pretty dire compared to a lot of western Europe which is obviously a problem for transfer lengths and hotels, and what big climbs there are (Marchlyn Mawr or Bealach na Ba or Cairngorm Ranger station) are too isolated to be any use to mountainous race design. But what you can/should do is throw a ball of string at a map of the Forest of Dean or the Peak District or Exmoor/Quantocks and have the race bounce up and down small hills for four hours at a time.Nope, they just continuously don’t use decent climbs. I’ve done a couple of ToB’s in the race design thread, including a 2 week mini-GT that use a lot of the better climbs we have in the UK. Ok it’s never going to be Alpine, but it doesn’t need to be.
Like. And it's the right way to use a single big climb in a stage. Load the riders onto dinghys at the Milltown jetty, take them to meet the buses by the Skye Bridge and three hours later they're at their hotels in Fort William. It's at least no worse than the guys getting from Encamp to Pau the other day...
This is the stage I'd most like to see. A descent finish to Applecross after the Bealach Na Ba would be epic. I guess it's not practical but come on ....
- Torriden, Applecross, and the Bealach Na Ba
Back in the 60s and 70s you had the Scottish Milk Race, which was amateur like its larger brother the Milk Race. Largely a fairly provincial affair but sometimes some strong amateurs from overseas - particularly the Eastern Bloc - would compete, although often not with their A-teams. An exception was 1975, when the Poles sent a monster squad with all the stars, with the race eventually being won by Ryszard Szurkowski, with Mieczysław Nowicki and Stanisław Szozda also winning stages, and the team taking all but one stage. Szurkowski had also win in 1972, while six-day specialist René Pijnen is also a former winner. Stage winners include Danguillaume, Don Allan, Michal Klasa, Rudy Pevenage and Bert Oosterbosch.
Jesus Christ, its not the game of thrones age we live in anymoreLol the borders are the least Scottish of the Scots, not the most. They look longingly to Northumberland and wish they could be reunited with their Reiver cousins, these are neither English or Scots but an unruly bunch who are a law unto themselves.
The only exception is possibly the Burton Dassett ‘hill-top’ finish which is slightly more puncheur territory. The uphill drag to the finish line in Kendal is also 6%, but it’s only around 600m so he should be ok.Lol Groenewegen is going to win every stage bar the ITT
They seem to have decided that the Tour of Britain should be a training ride for the Worlds. This year looks really poor. It was the same two years ago when it also looked like a training ride. Last year was better as was three years ago. So they are alternating ok and poor.
They used Burton Dassett and the loop in the Women's tour. Each time it split the group which then reformed on the loop before the final climb split. I think the results would have been similar if they had only climbed it once.
Agree, but this years sprint field has probably been an exception rather than the rule. Gaviria, Viviani, Ewan, Kristoff have all been regulars over recent years. On top of that the old guard Cav, Kittel and Griepel when in peak years.A sprinters parcours that only attracts one top sprinter is a disaster.
Cav is here but don't tell anyone. He's hiding.Agree, but this years sprint field has probably been an exception rather than the rule. Gaviria, Viviani, Ewan, Kristoff have all been regulars over recent years. On top of that the old guard Cav, Kittel and Griepel when in peak years.
I just dont think 8 stages where the riders whiz past in 5 seconds every year is good advertisement for the race or the sportAgree, but this years sprint field has probably been an exception rather than the rule. Gaviria, Viviani, Ewan, Kristoff have all been regulars over recent years. On top of that the old guard Cav, Kittel and Griepel when in peak years.