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79pmooney

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11/05/2021 11:15 AM
No comments here on redneck country 'cross racing. Just read the CyclingNews article on Blanka Kata Vas. 20 years old and maybe the next Marianne Vos.

https://www.cyclingnews.com/features/blanka-kata-vas-multi-discipline-cycling-star-inspired-by-vos-and-ferrand-prevot/
Dale

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11/05/2021 12:38 PM
The millionaires and billionaires are pouring $$$$ into this part of the country.

Walton grandsons in Arkansas, O'Reilly (auto parts stores and hospitality businesses), and another not made public yet. The latter two projects in SW MO; one 15 miles from my house and the newest one, which may be a membership model met/ downhill park, about 20 miles away.

The city gave permission for a mbt trail around the main water supply lake. 20 minutes to the trailheads as well. When they're done it'll be over 30 miles of trails, most of which is well suited for new riders with minimal elevation gain and not very technical. There's about 15 miles completed and I'm heading there in an hour or so. Probably do out and back from the middle and end up with ~25 miles.

Heady times, my friends, heady times. Road? I hardly knew ye.
Orange Crush

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11/05/2021 04:39 PM
Posted By 79 pmooney on 11/05/2021 11:15 AM
No comments here on redneck country 'cross racing. Just read the CyclingNews article on Blanka Kata Vas. 20 years old and maybe the next Marianne Vos.

https://www.cyclingnews.com/features/blanka-kata-vas-multi-discipline-cycling-star-inspired-by-vos-and-ferrand-prevot/


Good to see how many different women have won races this year. It’s a diverse and competitive field.
longslowdistance

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11/05/2021 06:17 PM
Great responses
I summarize:
OC: Money Talks
CK: Big Daddy wants
Dale: trickle down, too!
Orange Crush

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11/14/2021 02:35 PM
Posted By 79 pmooney on 11/05/2021 11:15 AM
No comments here on redneck country 'cross racing. Just read the CyclingNews article on Blanka Kata Vas. 20 years old and maybe the next Marianne Vos.

https://www.cyclingnews.com/features/blanka-kata-vas-multi-discipline-cycling-star-inspired-by-vos-and-ferrand-prevot/


Looks like the orange have an up and coming star as well. Puck Pieterse 19 years old, 2nd in Tabor. Also w MTB pedigree.
79pmooney

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11/15/2021 11:36 PM
I had intimate acquaintances with a few Pucks in my years as hockey goal tender. But my dalliances were always with even younger ones. I wouldn't want to mess with a 19 yo. That'd be some pretty hard rubber. (And capitalizing the ones that leave scars is grammatically quite proper. If you don't believe me, feel free to take a few slapshots.)
Orange Crush

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11/28/2021 01:58 PM
A Canadian doing well in the Euro mud. Hopefully more to come. https://cyclingmagazine.ca/cyclocross/maghalie-rochette-runner-up-in-muddy-besancon-france-round-of-the-world-cup/
Cosmic Kid

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12/06/2021 11:55 AM
While not a World Cup CX race, Wout absolutely destroyed the Super Prestige race on Saturday....at one point, he was up ~2' over the main pack of rivals, which included all the other contenders from the races so far this year.....simply on a different level than everyone else on Saturday.

And what a slopfest, too....that was a proper CX course with lots of technical sections and run-ups.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Orange Crush

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12/06/2021 12:20 PM
Adrie had predicted that Wout would destroy the field although the winning margin was almost twice what he predicted. Lots of mud and lots of running meant a course that was perfect for van Aert. The guy is one of the best runners out there and participated in a few running races during his break (incidentally Wout has seen Dumoulin run a 10k and he says it was scary fast).

As Adrie put it, "the others" will have to rethink how they spend their summers and participate in higher end races to bridge the performance gap.
Cosmic Kid

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12/06/2021 12:29 PM
No doubt it was a perfect course / conditions for Wout....but his winning move came from powering up one of the short, steep climbs vs. running like all the others did. From there, his running skills just let him pile on the time.

Toon Aerts, another good "mudder", was with him for a bit until crashes put an end to his effort. Pidcock looked absolutely spent about 3/4 of the way through the race.....
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Dale

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12/06/2021 01:00 PM
That was just a beat down. Can't wait for him a MVdP to go head to head.
Orange Crush

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12/06/2021 01:20 PM
I think we will see a gradual build by Pidcock and MVDP towards worlds. Suspect van Aert will better both in December. MVDP reportedly has been taking things real easy to date although the team has a Spain training camp coming up.
Orange Crush

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12/06/2021 02:22 PM
Could have saved some typing. They ended up translating it: https://www.cyclingnews.com/news/adrie-van-der-poel-predicted-van-aerts-successful-cyclo-cross-debut-after-spying-on-his-strava-data/
longslowdistance

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12/06/2021 08:01 PM
I was deep into alpine skiing a few decades ago. The full hearted decried "wicket robots" who skied technically perfectly but had no heart. Who can love a robot?
Hello pro cycling.
Orange Crush

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12/06/2021 08:25 PM
Lots of heart in pro cycling last number of years. And there’s always been heart in spring classics. Just the stage races turned into chess on wheels. Then again always liked slalom better than downhill or super G which seem pretty boring. Better like rally cross than formula 1 etc.

Tomba la Bomba!
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