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Cross on Bike Channel

Discussion in 'Pro Cycling (Road and Track Racing)' started by Flick of the Elbow, 24 Dec 2016.

  1. Flick of the Elbow

    Flick of the Elbow Über Member

    Location:
    Edinburgh
    Great to see cross on tv, they appear to have only acquired the rights to one particular series but great to see all the same. The speed and technical agility of the top riders is amazing. And the men's and women's races are equally exciting. Though I notice the girls don't seem to bunny hop the 40 cm hurdles like the men - curious.
     
  2. oldroadman

    oldroadman Veteran

    Location:
    Ubique
    Not quite so strong in the upper body, and maybe the barriers are a bit high for them. Also it might simply be that they can get over quicker by running as building up to a risky hop may actually be slower, plus a chance of a fall.
     
  3. DP

    DP Chasse patate

    Location:
    Netherlands
    Not all of the men bunny hop.

    I love watching cross. I get Belgian TV, so at this time of the year can usually watch live racing most Sats and Suns.

    Vos has just come back to cross racing and won yesterday.
     
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  4. Flick of the Elbow

    Flick of the Elbow Über Member

    Location:
    Edinburgh
    Great races today, glad to see a change from sand. How on earth do the guys bunny hop those drainage ditches ! Van der Poel tweeting that he's ok.
     
  5. greekonabike

    greekonabike President of the 'Democratic Republic' of GOAB

    Location:
    Kent
    I've been watching the cross for the last couple of hours. It's the first time I've ever seen it and it looks fascinating.

    GOAB
     
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  6. oldroadman

    oldroadman Veteran

    Location:
    Ubique
    The ditch "hop" is not a full one, it's just enough to get on the slope of the other side as near as possible to the top, and then press very hard on the pedals! the skill, strength and speed of some of the top riders has to be seen close up to be believed. Or when they fly past and lap you just after half distance (T-shirt, etc..).
    Great fun to race for fitness and winter condition, chilly hard work if you make a living at it! :banghead:
     
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  7. oldroadman

    oldroadman Veteran

    Location:
    Ubique
    Great to see MvdP is OK, that fall looked a bit awkward and could easily have been a broken bone - he was flying at the time and simply got it a bit wrong. The line between triumph and disaster is a very fine one at that level.
     
  8. Flick of the Elbow

    Flick of the Elbow Über Member

    Location:
    Edinburgh
    Today's course at the Sven Nys center in Baal looked fabulous. Wonder if the Queen would allow someone to build one in Holyrood Park ?
     
  9. sheddy

    sheddy Veteran

    Location:
    WGC
    Bike Channel - Wots that ?
     
  10. oldroadman

    oldroadman Veteran

    Location:
    Ubique
    Sky 464. Likely on Virgin and possibly Freesat?
     
  11. Flick of the Elbow

    Flick of the Elbow Über Member

    Location:
    Edinburgh
  12. DP

    DP Chasse patate

    Location:
    Netherlands
    World Champs this weekend. Just watched the women's race - just superb. Well worth a look.
     
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  13. lyn1

    lyn1 Well-Known Member

    Have watched a few decent programmes on Bike which is a nice addition, although this will be dramatically offset by the loss of all Eurosport Channels on Sky packages, which will remove much of the road racing.
     
  14. Marmion

    Marmion Guru

    I caught the final lap, great racing.
     
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  15. Strathlubnaig

    Strathlubnaig Über Member

    Location:
    Ecosse.
    just took out the Eurosport player, 12 months for 19.99. Offer on till end of Jan.