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Bala Verde said:just like US Postal . At least AT&T prides itself in being the world's largest network, and they are using the GSM network, that's being used in 75% of the ROW. Verizon, aren't they the ones that make those walky-talky phones? Maybe a good time for T-Mobile to make a come back, since they are expanding their base in US market... Aren't their any weird and huge US concrete or steel manufacturers, like Hungarian 'betonexpresz' or soemthing like an Abramoviclike 'gasprom'...
But hey if we are actually trying to find reasons to sponsor cycling...
Why are Liquigas or Lampre, LPR, Astana, a sponsor. Where do they sell their products, and what does Astana even 'sell' besides a happily smiling sun? Or Skil-Shimano? Does Shimano really need any extra 'cycling' exposure (or perhaps it's like a cervelo test team).
mr. tibbs said:Here's some copypasta from a Velonews feature. It's Scott Moninger talking about Mancebo's move in California earlier this year:
Most of the field — or at least Astana — was waiting for info (time gaps, etc.) that was very delayed or inaccurate because of the serious weather conditions,” recalled Moninger. “Chris Horner, an old-school guy, finally said ‘screw this, we need to start riding NOW! We can't wait for the word from the boss.’
“Chris has the knowledge of reading a race from a time when riders were forced to read a race because radios didn't exist. His call ended up saving Astana's **** and afterwards they all recognized this,” Moninger added. “Lance (Armstrong)'s first real pro team was Motorola, so he was one of the first riders in the world to use race radio technology and he was the type of rider who really needed it and benefited from it. Considering that Chris and Lance are about the same age, I think Chris has a much better ability to read a race and I think the radio is the difference there.”
shawnrohrbach said:This is probably a bit off track here, but I recall the presidentital debate between Al Gore and W..
Big_Blue_Dave said:Also I would ban TV's, mobile phones, and other communication equipment from the cars so that directeurs cannot pass on information to riders. Finally, and as much as I would miss this, ban the timing board from giving information to the peloton, but allow it for the break so they gain motivation.
dpcowboy said:Radios, along with a whole list of 'modern/ conveniences, have made cycling on the road very similar (in odd ways) to modern pro wrestling...a contrived competition...maybe not as bad as pro wrestling or roller derby, but certainly without the 'pureness' of other sports. All radios should go, along with:
2. anything computer related to aid the rider (monitors, etc.)
3. any equipment not available to anyone in the field. (IOW, even the playing field, equipment-wise).
4. anything BUT neutral follow vehicles...absolutely NO medical or mechanical 'tows' and certainly no following of vehicles back to the bunch.
This 'going back to the team car' for bottles and food is just lame...either take it with you, or get it in the feed zone....remember them? If one stops and really thinks about what road cycling is now...it is a sham...the payoffs between teams and riders was always there, and the evolution of radios, team cars, flat-out cheating by getting tows and pushes, well, that has seriously impaired the sport.
boalio said:I think this would just be too complex to enforce. Also the whole one way radio thing starts to get in to the territory of radios having to be inspected etc. Before you know it we start getting cheating scandals related to radios as well as (well, you know). I don't think the sport needs that.
I'm really not convinced of the huge safety advantage using radios. Has there been a real reduction in the number of accidents in pro-cycling since radios were introduced?
As for the people using the whole "you cant stop technology" argument, I would disagree. Already aero bars, disk wheels and sub-6.8kg bikes are banned. And look at another example - formula 1 is probably the most technologically advanced sport there is, and they ban things such as turbo chargers and slick tyres just to try and keep the racing interesting.