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UCI World Championships 2010, Geelong: Early Thread

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So now Mark Cavendish thinks the World's course is too hard for him?

“According to what people had been telling me beforehand the rainbow jersey was a possibility, but now that I’ve been able to check it out for myself, I’ll have to revise my ambitions.”

If only he'd watched Robbie's Youtube video he could've saved himself the trip.
 
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Alpe d'Huez said:
Everyone needs to stay on topic and cut the insults. I handed out warnings and infractions in this thread for it. Continue down that path and you'll find yourself banned from posting for a while.

Thank you Alpe.

Ozzies get a get a grip on the interstate BS please. Whatever the local bogans and footy fans are trying to type on the local rag forums the buildup to this Worlds and the 'is it hard?' 'no it isn't 'yes it is' sprinter/rouleur/puncheur speculation means I am as excited about this as any race this year. And for a few before...

It's probably Gilbert (how good would it be to see the most exciting bike racer as World Champ) but noone really knows - which is great - so be proud :)

I see Cav is now really playing his chances down - or hustling. After the Mcewan vid I am gutted but it's probably the former :(

I was in Melbourne for quite a while a long time ago, and used to travel down to Torquay to windsurf. I really don't remember any climbs like that but short steep ones can always be round the corner so well done to the organisers for putting them in - except you've blown it for Cav you ******s!

(I also saw a fair bit of footy at the MCG so can relate to the off- topic stuff LOL)
 
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DAOTEC said:
I Lolz'd at that as well. Theres nothing like a 25 hour international flight to warm up the legs for a big race:D
http://www.roadcycling.co.nz/RaceTalk/jack-bauer-racing-to-worlds.html


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Seeing as its only a day to the Worlds, could we per-chance get the 'Early' omitted from the title of the thread now? :D

Oh and of course the discussion between Aussies will lead to where it is best suited to be held. Its not like the Flemish would just say 'cool location' if Belgium hosted a WC and it was located in Walloon country...
 
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auscyclefan94 said:
...my train I booked takes off at 5pm and that is when the race is scheduled to finish.

Wow, courageous. I am going down there on Friday night and commuting directly from there to work on Monday morning. Weekend trains are going to be nuts (and I am taking my bike)...
 
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Martin318is said:
Wow, courageous. I am going down there on Friday night and commuting directly from there to work on Monday morning. Weekend trains are going to be nuts (and I am taking my bike)...

They are running tonnes of trains and I have booked a spot though I think I am going to have to change my return train time .

I doubt the race would go for 7 hours. No way near as much climbing and there is a tailwind expected on the way too geelong.

24oC expected for Sunday. beautiful!

Last night I was watching the 7pm Project on Channel Ten (the same channel covering the worlds) and they were talking about all the big events on this week. I found it odd that they mentioned all these events that were on but did not even mention the cycling championships which there channel is covering.

Nothing on the tv about it, very little in the newspaper (which afl news will take all the news up). I am just a bit sick of it not getting the coverage it deserves. Reading some riders and other internationals tweets they are surprised how much media the afl gets and how little the worlds get. Just a bit of a shame really. Our sports, afl (gossip) journalists don't know how to cover another event.
 
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moblet said:
It was sentiments like these that led to the formation of the AFL (the Anti Football League).

I go for the team involved in the Grand Final but I honestly do not want another week of football. It is October and the hotter weather is upon us. Let us enjoy the horse racing, cricket and cycling and ****** off AFL.
 
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auscyclefan94 said:
I go for the team involved in the Grand Final but I honestly do not want another week of football. It is October and the hotter weather is upon us. Let us enjoy the horse racing, cricket and cycling and ****** off AFL.


Good to hear. How about you change your avatar back to Cuddles then now that some pundits are rating him a chance?
 
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rolfrae said:
Anyone know what time the Worlds RR will be shown on TV in Europe? (Is Geelong about 9 hours ahead of GMT?). I read an interview with Benatti earlier and he said he wouldn't be staying up to watch the race on Italian TV, however, according to the Eurosport schedule they are showing it between 2pm and 4pm. Does Benatti have a strict mummy and really early bedtime or do Eurosport have it wrong?

Yes, this week we are 8 hours ahead of CET and 9 hours ahead of the UK.

We go to summer time on Saturday night so at the time of the men's road race we will be 9 hours ahead of CET and 10+ on the UK, unless you guys happen to end summer time on Saturday, in which case you can add another hour. (Or not, depending on the exact time of the shift!)
 
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Damiano said:
Who's gonna be the leader of the Australian team? Which role will Alan Davis get?

This course is too hard for any sprinter, even friere imo. More and more reports coming from riders is telling me that this is going to be a tough race. Evans will be the leader with Gerrans a backup.
 
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auscyclefan94 said:
This course is too hard for any sprinter, even friere imo. More and more reports coming from riders is telling me that this is going to be a tough race.

It's like that every year and it almost never comes true. It's all about how hard the race will be ridden.
Again, look at Freire's Lissabon win, no way in hell any sprinter would survive on that course.
 
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moblet said:
What, and miss the chance to go past southern Victoria's poorest farmland, two oil refineries, and a sewage farm? Unlike the TdU I doubt the international television exposure of the route is going to have anyone clamouring to visit Melbourne.

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I can only imagine that the reason for having the Worlds here in Geelong is that it's a place where the locals are already somewhat used to cycling events - by Australian standards - and the council more likely to be helpful with road closures. Adelaide probably was the only other possibly willing contender. Meantime, imagine how good it would have looked to run it along the Mornington Peninsula's beaches, wine country, ~3km at 10-13% up Arthurs Seat (just out of Melbourne) including great views over the bay towards Melbourne city, or the Sunshine Coast/hinterland, or Sydney beaches, or along the Hobart city beaches and up Mt Wellington... oh well. I guess downtown Geelong near the beach is not that ugly, but the stretch between Melbourne and it is life-drainingly dull.
 
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yourwelcome said:
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I can only imagine that the reason for having the Worlds here in Geelong is that it's a place where the locals are already somewhat used to cycling events - by Australian standards - and the council more likely to be helpful with road closures. Adelaide probably was the only other possibly willing contender. Meantime, imagine how good it would have looked to run it along the Mornington Peninsula's beaches, wine country, ~3km at 10-13% up Arthurs Seat (just out of Melbourne) including great views over the bay towards Melbourne city, or the Sunshine Coast/hinterland, or Sydney beaches, or along the Hobart city beaches and up Mt Wellington... oh well. I guess downtown Geelong near the beach is not that ugly, but the stretch between Melbourne and it is life-drainingly dull.

Where do you live? You obviously don't know geelong or melboure or victoria very well. Probably some snobby Sydney sider.
 
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The Belgian team for the elite road race ran into trouble today with the local police, who stopped them today for what they considered were traffic violations. The riders were riding along the Great Ocean Road when they were reported by a driver.

It appears the indiscretion they were accused of was merely riding two abreast, thus causing traffic to build up behind them.

Local police arrived on the scene and prevented the riders from continuing their training ride for some 15 minutes.

Australians really seem to have a heart for cycling :)