screw TDF and the Velodrome....

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by nick.b, 10 Aug 2012.

  1. nick.b

    nick.b Well-Known Member

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  2. Andy84

    Andy84 Über Member

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    Croydon
    Power Walking 30 miles, why should it not be a sport?
     
  3. Ajay

    Ajay Veteran

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    Lancaster
    It's the only Olympic sport to have its own government minister....
     
  4. accountantpete

    accountantpete Legendary Member

    Here's an extract from the Wiki entry for the great Don Thompson

    He practised to compete at the Olympics Games in Rome in 1960 by exercising in a steam-filled bathroom at home, with the heating turned up and wearing a heavy tracksuit. After exercising for about half an hour, he would feel faint. At the time, he attributed his light-headedness to the effects of heat and humidity, but later realised that it was carbon monoxide fumes from the paraffin heater. His mother made him a hat like a képi to keep the sun off his head and neck during the race; together with his sunglasses, he was nicknamed "Il Topolino" (Italian: "Mickey Mouse", literally "little mouse").
     
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  5. compo

    compo Veteran

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    Harlow
    The cameraman got a bit "arty" and did a close up of the walker's feet. The Chinaman Si was clearly running,ie, had both feet off the ground at the same time. I see the judges giving yellow warnings but the commentators didn't say who to.
     
  6. asterix

    asterix Comrade Member

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    Limoges or York
    Dressage is the one that send me to sleep. Clearly it is an event in which only the horse deserves the medal.
     
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  7. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    Race walking isn't a sport, it's cruising with a number.
     
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  8. Maz

    Maz Legendary Member

    I can imagine these walkers in earlier years, being told off by teachers for running down the corridors at school...then walking as fast as they could.

    That's how they got started.
     
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  9. Mad Doug Biker

    Mad Doug Biker Bikeoholics Anonymous

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    Craggy Island
    It is as bad as running, they really have to go as quickly as possible without actually running whilst putting their feet down properly with every step.

    Try it for any sort of distance and you'll appreciate that it is more difficult than it seems :rolleyes:.

    It is event where they BOTH deserve a medal, it actually is a true partnership between man and animal.
     
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  10. Mad Doug Biker

    Mad Doug Biker Bikeoholics Anonymous

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    Not like that Rocky. How is the probation going anyway? :laugh:
     
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  11. Mad Doug Biker

    Mad Doug Biker Bikeoholics Anonymous

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    You'll know for future, won't you?
     
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  12. albion

    albion Veteran

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    South Tyneside
    Walkings quite funny.
    When it is a close race they all get competitive resulting in loads of disqualifications.

    The winner is certainly the one who can hide his run best.
     
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  13. cyberknight

    cyberknight Wibble

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    Land of confusion
    Harder to walk at that speed than jog, i have tried it on treadmills so i could monitor speed for a direct comparison.
     
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  14. Mad Doug Biker

    Mad Doug Biker Bikeoholics Anonymous

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    Craggy Island
    That said, I thought the young Russian woman who won the gold was rather tasty. Maybe that was just me though.
     
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