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jeroenk jamessmurthwaite's article
Jul 27, 2021 at 3:59
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Final Results from the Women's XC at the Tokyo Olympics
@MtbSince84: Bart was on Dutch TV, which I thought he did well. Good insights, objective, even when talking about girls from his own team, concise. His less than optimal English hurts him a bit on Red Bull TV I think.Kind of funny though - even when Warner uses correct pronounciations, he doesn't quite catch on to the example. That said, I'd rather have someone from the sport on there than some hired clown.
jeroenk jamessmurthwaite's article
Jul 27, 2021 at 3:51
2 hours
Final Results from the Women's XC at the Tokyo Olympics
The ramp was back, so it didn't make sense for Huck to feature in the race. Bad joke? Sorry... bad joke.
jeroenk jamessmurthwaite's article
Jul 27, 2021 at 3:49
2 hours
Final Results from the Women's XC at the Tokyo Olympics
@suspended-flesh: And she crashed in the first lap... She showed flashes of brilliance way beyond her age in CX and something tells me this is going to be another athlete competitive in a lot of disciplines.
jeroenk jamessmurthwaite's article
Jul 27, 2021 at 3:10
3 hours
Mathieu Van Der Poel Crashed in the Olympic Final Due to Lack of Training Ramp
@rifu: Sorry, cannot find the clip anymore. The interview wasn't live - it was Dutch journalist Thijs Zonneveld that interviewed him and he quoted him in their (Dutch) "In het wiel" (in the wheel...) Tokyo podcast of yesterday.
jeroenk jamessmurthwaite's article
Jul 26, 2021 at 12:59
17 hours
Mathieu Van Der Poel Crashed in the Olympic Final Due to Lack of Training Ramp
@phazedplasma: That's not true! Or maybe it is. I don't know, or do I? Sorry, forgot what the point of my reaction was going to be. Never mind. (Mumbles something about U.S. elections...)
jeroenk jamessmurthwaite's article
Jul 26, 2021 at 12:50
17 hours
Mathieu Van Der Poel Crashed in the Olympic Final Due to Lack of Training Ramp
He did check out the track, numerous times over 2 days. We could over-analyse this to death, but it is what it is: A costly assumption.
jeroenk jamessmurthwaite's article
Jul 26, 2021 at 12:45
18 hours
Mathieu Van Der Poel Crashed in the Olympic Final Due to Lack of Training Ramp
@cougar797: I don't think it's a question of not trusting your bike, but taking away a bit of theoretical risk that yields little reward. There's footage that shows every moving part of Pidcocks' bike bottoming out and he weighs probably more than 10kgs less than MvdP. Bikes do become more robust - a few years' back, a sub 9kg FS wasn't uncommon. Now they all ride bigger wheels, wider rims, tires that aren't paper thin anymore and dropper posts. I am also glad XC is getting more technical, simply because of the spectacle! It starts to become a unique discipline in that riders have to be good at everthing. In mainstream sports media (at least where I come from) the respect for MTB is growing steadily, because MvdP doesn't simply dominate this discipline like he does on CX and road and because of the skills required.
jeroenk jamessmurthwaite's article
Jul 26, 2021 at 12:02
18 hours
Mathieu Van Der Poel Crashed in the Olympic Final Due to Lack of Training Ramp
@johnny2shoes: About MvdP not telling the truth - Pidcock himself was riding behind him and explained that Mathieu braked a lot and his only explanation was that he assumed the ramp was there. Also Dutch cycling journo interviewed Mathieu and his motivation for riding the ramp in the first place was not flatting. Everything simply points to an faulty assumption. Oh well... on to next race.
jeroenk jamessmurthwaite's article
Jul 26, 2021 at 11:18
19 hours
Mathieu Van Der Poel Crashed in the Olympic Final Due to Lack of Training Ramp
@glen-allaire: No, he told him at the 2019 test event the planks were removed. Anyway: It was a very stupid and costly mistake to assume they were there. The team coach felt sorry too according to Wielerflits, because apparently, he'd mentioned it a couple of times and regretted not saying it a couple of times more... Maybe Mathieu's head was still a little cloudy from travel? As usual the internet tries to blame the coach as the one 'responsible', which is a bit silly. Riders are not robots that have to be steered around all possible pitfalls.They have a mind of their own and they should be capable of making their own descisions. Anyway, I would rather not have seen him play it 'safe' and send it, because he's totally capable to. It's the Olympics, bring your A-game without compromises... Maybe it wasn't the crash risk he feared, but tire or rim failure, but that's speculation.
jeroenk edspratt's article
Jul 26, 2021 at 1:56
1 day
Final Results from the Men's XC at the Tokyo Olympics
Actually, it seems to work another way around: MvdP and Pidcock were CX and road talents first and they now choose to race their MTB. There's nothing depressing about that in my book: These are super-cyclists that can do it all and they draw more attention to MTB than ever.
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