An olympic event I would like....

Discussion in 'Pro Cycling (Road and Track Racing)' started by Former User, 4 Aug 2012.

  1. Former User

    Former User Guest

    This may sound like a piss take but I would prefer race cycling on a go kart track to a velodrome. Velodrome is cycling equivelant to nascar. Britain seems to be excelling at cycling and I would like to see some sort of cycle circuit racing. It would bring in cornering skills and possibly even tyre choice as is the way with just about any motorsport. It would require a mix of skill types whether your a sprinter, endurance or just mad at tight corners. It would be different to steet racing/marathons because you tend not to encounter the various and often very tight bends you would get on a small race circuit. I think it would be interesting but im really mad. Who else would like to see such an event? Not necessarily an Olympic one.
     
  2. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

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    Aren't the Premier Calender road races run on (street) circuits?
     
  3. marinyork

    marinyork Resting in suspended Animation

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    I think this is a roundabout way of saying tv coverage on cycling (apart from honourable exceptions) in the UK is very biased. And I think most on here would agree?

    There are plenty of other formats of cycling, it's a broad church. Getting them on tv and general public interest is the problem rather than thinking up new ones. Imho.
     
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  4. Rob3rt

    Rob3rt Man or Moose!

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    Never heard of a criterium?
     
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  5. Much kudos to our brilliant lasses this afternoon but I cringed at the commentary. Try the handball, the BBC aren't posting a commentator for a lot of the matches and it's a lot better that way. I just watched a cracking commentary-free match between Iceland and France but unfortunately a BBC idiot has turned up for the match between likely contenders Spain and Hungary. At least the commentary is free of jingoism.
     
  6. byegad

    byegad Legendary Member

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    Have to agree about the commentary. Theirselves instead of themselves, hisself instead of himself. I could go on but it makes me cringe every time I hear Hugh Porter mangle the English language. He's enthusiastic about cycling and in other respects a good commentator but surely in all the years he's been speaking to us someone in the BBC has noticed his appalling use of words.
     
  7. machew

    machew Veteran

    How about the use of the word medal as a verb
     
  8. thom

    thom ____

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    I would like to see a cross disciplinary event involving cycling and archery.
    The Frontier Pursuit.
    4km, tandem pursuit event, so 2 teams starting on opposite sides of the track.
    The Stoker has a bow with rubber arrows. If they manage to fire and hit their quarry accross the velodrome (scalping) you win your round. Otherwise, first over the line.
     
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  9. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

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    How dare you diss Hugh. Thirty lashes for you... Lol.
     
  10. Noodley

    Noodley Guest

    Until recently I really liked Porter, he makes it sound very exciting, but lately he has reverted to spouting rubbish and constantly has to be corrected by Boardman.
     
  11. Muguruki

    Muguruki Well-Known Member

    Yep, the commentary has been very poor. Boardman at times sounds embarrassed when he has to correct Porter.

    As well as medal being a verb it is also possible "to podium".
     
  12. Ian H

    Ian H Guru

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    Er...yes: Hugh Porter
     
  13. screenman

    screenman Legendary Member

    The OP sounds like he is describing BMX.
     
  14. Rob3rt

    Rob3rt Man or Moose!

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    Manchester
    Someone posted this in another thread the other day. This to me is what the OP seems to be describing (although he does say he wants to see something different to street racing, a crit could also take place on a dedicated race track also, something like a Go Kart track). I don't really see any realistic scope for road racers to ride on any tighter, shorter or more confined courses.

     
  15. atbman

    atbman Veteran

    Absolutely, it should be banned. And while we're about it, why not ban the verb pedal, as well
     
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