Yorkshire Worlds
Last Post 10/10/2019 09:15 AM by Orange Crush. 45 Replies.
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longslowdistance

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09/24/2019 09:55 AM
Watching the TTs. U23 men had deep standing water on the course today, no warning, some crashed, many nearly crashed. Crazy. Hopefully the weather will improve for the road races, otherwise will be a demolition derby. A reason to host the Worlds is to show off your town. Not working so far, just cold, wet and dreary there.
Cosmic Kid

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09/24/2019 04:34 PM
Mixed Relay TTT was the dumbest event I have ever seen....total snooze fest.

Watching three people swap turns is not my idea of an exciting race.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Orange Crush

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09/24/2019 05:10 PM
Posted By Frederick Jones on 09/24/2019 09:55 AM
y. A reason to host the Worlds is to show off your town. Not working so far, just cold, wet and dreary there.


They should put up some Zwift machines in the local pub and make them race while downing pints of warm beer. Wiggins FTW.
79pmooney

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09/24/2019 08:50 PM
Posted By Frederick Jones on 09/24/2019 09:55 AM
...  A reason to host the Worlds is to show off your town. Not working so far, just cold, wet and dreary there.

Based on my experience with Seattle and Portland (33 years total), this could be working.  Wouldn't want an outsider thinking our towns were a good place to live.
79pmooney

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09/24/2019 08:59 PM
Wow! Women's TT. Won't spoil it but anyone who watched a certain race last summer won't be surprised.
longslowdistance

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09/24/2019 09:14 PM
Today we truly saw a Merckx level dominance not seen since EPO fueled Indurain slapped undoped Greg Lemond or Geneviève Jeanson dominated for a few years before being excommunicated. Hoping that this performance for the ages was clean. I watched the same winner crush the competition as a Junior in the Richmond Worlds TT and RR in my hometown 4 years ago. At that event, her's was the only performance that rivaled Sagan's.
longslowdistance

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09/24/2019 09:16 PM
And that's saying something!
Orange Crush

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09/24/2019 10:37 PM
Van Vleuten did say her own performance was subpar and disappointing, did not meet her expected power output at any time in race. I think an in form van Vleuten would have kept margin to within a minute.
79pmooney

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09/25/2019 01:13 AM
If you watched the Colorado Classic, you knew that maybe Chloé might not have the physical goods to dominate the Worlds, but you knew she had the fire. Also that her uphill performance was/is incredible for a body not of a mountain goat. As lsd suggested, a Merckx.
longslowdistance

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09/25/2019 11:27 AM
Where does Dennis go from here?
Orange Crush

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09/25/2019 01:02 PM
Tony Martin this year has shown the path to redemption for the fickle TT specialists. I doubt that Dennis has what it takes though.

So this was his first race after he stepped off his bike in France and he uses his old BMC machine instead of the Merida. I wonder why he gets paid at all.
Orange Crush

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09/25/2019 01:22 PM
BTW the weather prediction for Sunday is an absolute deluge. If the U23 TT is any indication, conditions could be interesting. That one guy that hit the open water and came to an instant standstill, hahaha.
SideBySide

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09/25/2019 04:21 PM
The U23 TT looked insanely wet. It's a good thing those kids have good bike control.
longslowdistance

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09/26/2019 08:49 PM
Watching the Junior Men's race today was like watching the top Mapai teams at PR a few years back. Bigger engines, better strategy. Will this translate to the ProTour in a few years?
Cosmic Kid

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09/27/2019 08:44 AM
That was a race of total domination....watching the US kids take control of the race with 75k to go and riding everyone into the ground was impressive.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Orange Crush

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09/27/2019 11:05 AM
Trek scooped up the Mighty Quinn who will be pulling an Evenepoel skipping the U23s.

When you refer to Mapei days as "a few years back", that's surely a sign of age. It seems like a lifetime ago to me.
79pmooney

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09/27/2019 12:43 PM
The US didn't take control of the Men's U23 today. They missed everything significant. Had they a man in the early break, they could have saved their legs and perhaps made the big split later. Seems they had one lapse and the peleton split then. (Or maybe they were marked and when they drifted back, everyone knew it was time to go?)

Now the U23 US women did OK. Megan Jastrab looks like one to watch for in the future as a smart racer. Has she raced the track? That looked like like track tactics/knowledge.

Ben
79pmooney

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09/27/2019 12:44 PM
Bah! Another duplicate post
79pmooney

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09/27/2019 12:51 PM
Bah!  Duplicate post
79pmooney

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09/27/2019 05:26 PM
Mixed feelings here re: Eekhoff's DSQ. 2 minutes behind the team car. Yes that qualifies for the DSQ, but after a crash and with 130 km still to go? Pretty harsh. Did another team, perhaps of one of the other 4 final contestants, register a complaint?

Ben
Orange Crush

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09/27/2019 06:03 PM
I saw the video. It was pretty blatant drafting and it lasted a long time (2 minutes according to the Dutch coach). So nothing wrong with the DQ itself maybe (although what Eekhof did happens all the time so it is a bit random) but long time that passed between the infraction and the DQ is a major issue. It only happened after the Italians and Brits reportedly protested.

Also, If the video showing the infraction wasn't part of the live feed used for video refereeing perhaps it shouldn't be used in making decisions at all. Otherwise you risk going down a path without end.

What happened today is the equivalent of a winning goal in final minute of a soccer game being disallowed because the losing team protests a foul that happened somewhere in the first half. Shakes head.
longslowdistance

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09/27/2019 07:06 PM
A raw deal for sure.
longslowdistance

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09/27/2019 11:50 PM
Put up or shut up time:
Men's elite: who do you pick?
Classics course, classics weather. The Classics specialists peaked 5 months ago.
Make your picks. Some will be right, but no one will be wrong because we all know this is a bit of a lottery. But no one doubts the winner will be worthy.
Liking Alaphillipe, with the vibe and the WW goatee. Good course for a wolf in a mellow dude suit.
But oh man those low country Euros!
Truly a course for a national team that gets it together and has the athlete to finish. Could be epic.
Orange Crush

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09/28/2019 12:19 AM
I gotta go with VDP. The odds of him not winning are greater than winning but if there's anyone who can transcend the uncertainty and tactics its him. Raw power, fast finish.
Cosmic Kid

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09/28/2019 08:39 AM
I’m going with Sagan....has the experience and the finale suits him. MVP is gonna run out of gas before the finish. Too long for his young legs.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
longslowdistance

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09/28/2019 09:47 AM
Yes, tough course for a youngster. Watching it in the Women's race right now.
Orange Crush

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09/28/2019 10:33 AM
Pretty sure there will be a lot of crashes tomorrow in deluge. Lots of tight corners. That bridge looked nasty. Today was like watching grass grow albeit with excellent final result. I guess you guys missed the memo that VDP did 100kms of bonus dernie training after his race last week. He'll go the distance.
Orange Crush

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09/28/2019 11:25 AM
Actually the deluge will hamper VDP as it may be difficult to put down full power.
Dale

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09/28/2019 05:29 PM
Crappy weather favors the king of CX... going with VdP.

He knows how to drive a bike in sloppy conditions

Orange Crush

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09/28/2019 06:43 PM
VDP has actually said he's not looking forward to riding that long in rain at all. An hour in rain in CX is fine he said but this long...
Dale

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09/28/2019 07:50 PM
I doubt anyone is looking forward to that many km in the rain but I'm still going with the guy who does hour long full gas intervals in rain and mud.
longslowdistance

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09/28/2019 08:44 PM
I’ve admired the US men’s junior romp and Dygart’s slam in the elite women’s TT. But kudos to the Dutch, they topped it all today.
I hope tomorrow is even better.
Orange Crush

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09/29/2019 09:32 AM
Trentin (of course) and MVDP grabbing it by horns. Several head to head of these two in Tour of Britain.
Orange Crush

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09/29/2019 09:46 AM
Rare to see VDP struggle and drop like that, haha. Trentin it is?
Cosmic Kid

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09/29/2019 09:55 AM
Wow....boom, boom out went the lights for MVP. Out of nowhere!!

Almost has to be Trenton now....Kung is deep in the pain cave.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Orange Crush

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09/29/2019 10:04 AM
Hahaha. Pederson! How did Trentin muck that up. He made it into a low speed drag but for him to win there needed to be more speed in that sprint.
Cosmic Kid

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09/29/2019 10:05 AM
Trentin again plays the role of the “almost man”. Thought he was a lock for the rainbow jersey after MVP cracked.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Orange Crush

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09/29/2019 10:05 AM
And what a disappointment for Belgium. So much depth all for naught.
Orange Crush

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09/29/2019 10:50 AM
Reading just now that Rohan Dennis was fired Sep 13 but they kept it quiet till after worlds.
79pmooney

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09/29/2019 11:04 AM
That wasn't a sprint. That was all the top NASCAR drivers skipping their last fuel stop and trying to finish on their last gallon. Trentin used his bridging up to the break (and towing van der Poel)
Cosmic Kid

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09/29/2019 11:44 AM
Posted By Orange Crush on 09/29/2019 10:50 AM
Reading just now that Rohan Dennis was fired Sep 13 but they kept it quiet till after worlds.


Well it isn’t like it wasn’t unwarranted.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
longslowdistance

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09/29/2019 06:57 PM
Good post Ben.
I haven't watched the race yet, had another commitment (something more important than the Worlds? Say it ain't so! Please don't fire me from this forum!), rather just checked in every couple of hours. Will watch the replay tomorrow. Any particular moments I should make sure to watch twice?
eurochien

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09/29/2019 07:32 PM
World cycling championships held in the UK in October... What are the chances of it being very rainy and cold and pretty much miserable?
World track & field in Doha, Qatar, where half the marathon field ends up dnf due to heat exhaustion.

The only sporting event that makes sense to me this week is the Rugby world cup in Japan.
Dale

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09/30/2019 08:47 AM
Nice analogy Ben, I bet the were all running on fumes at that point.

Couple of points:

1) VdP looked like a leadout man who just delivered his sprinter to the front and called it a day. I've never seen a more spectacular implosion.
2) Very happy that Moscon didn't podium... he's a punk
3) Surprised Trentin didn't win the sprint. Under normal conditions I would have been rooting for him but rather not see Moscon take any glory from a team mate winning. See #2
4) Zero surprise Dennis got canned.
longslowdistance

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10/01/2019 07:44 AM
Winning move started by an American (who didn’t finish). It stuck. The brave riders who took a chance and bridged up were rewarded. It’s all such a roll of the dice.
Orange Crush

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10/10/2019 09:15 AM
Posted By Franck A. on 09/29/2019 07:32 PM
World cycling championships held in the UK in October... What are the chances of it being very rainy and cold and pretty much miserable?
World track & field in Doha, Qatar, where half the marathon field ends up dnf due to heat exhaustion.

The only sporting event that makes sense to me this week is the Rugby world cup in Japan.


"Rugby worlds gets hit by typhoon" LOL


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