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mmmitch jamessmurthwaite's article
Oct 13, 2021 at 7:55
Oct 13, 2021
UCI Helps Rescue 165 Refugees From Afghanistan
@hamncheez: yeah. Tour of Guangxi at World Tour level and Tour of China at Conti level.
mmmitch jamessmurthwaite's article
Oct 13, 2021 at 6:42
Oct 13, 2021
UCI Helps Rescue 165 Refugees From Afghanistan
@plyawn: yep no doubt. So why pick out some states? I personally find genocide (China, Turkey,...) somewhat more concerning. UCI has a strong relationship with (and Tour events in) both these countries. All for calling out bad corporate behaviour. But also feel a more balanced discussion could be had, rather than just selecting some villains. I mean, cycling is supposed to be our sport, right?
mmmitch jamessmurthwaite's article
Oct 13, 2021 at 5:28
Oct 13, 2021
UCI Helps Rescue 165 Refugees From Afghanistan
@hamncheez: yeah that happens. And normally in companies run by westerners. Have known quite a few who are happy to justify it. It's illegal. The scary thing is (slaves from Africa aside, unsure where that's coming from) - low income immigrants / guest workers actually choose to travel to the Gulf because they have better opportunities than in their own countries. And their own countries have excellent representation and relations with the Gulf Countries. So, you know - maybe there's a bit of nuance there it could be worth teasing out. I'd also point out that the US, UK, and Australia have significant leverage in the Gulf but don't seem to have pursued much of an agenda in this regard. But to ignore it surely is to condone it?
mmmitch jamessmurthwaite's article
Oct 13, 2021 at 4:12
Oct 13, 2021
UCI Helps Rescue 165 Refugees From Afghanistan
@nelsonewanmtb: for sure. And us westerners had to fight for the freedom of speech, in order for it to be granted. In quite a few countries around the world that fight is yet to happen. I would just say that the welfare system that supports a Qatari or a Saudi should be the envy of most western nations. Good and not so good, all together in one. Unfortunately hard to capture in a throw-away tweet or newspaper byline.
mmmitch jamessmurthwaite's article
Oct 13, 2021 at 2:01
Oct 13, 2021
UCI Helps Rescue 165 Refugees From Afghanistan
@conoat: maybe I'm bored today. But yeah this sort of anti-Middle East sentiment has been hitting the cycling world a bit lately and I'm interested as to why the region is being picked out. Because to me - it doesn't make much sense to be OK with China but not ok with the GCC. Or OK with a stage race through Ethiopia but not ok with the Qatar tour. I am asking for a calibration check which I think is fair enough.
mmmitch jamessmurthwaite's article
Oct 13, 2021 at 1:49
Oct 13, 2021
UCI Helps Rescue 165 Refugees From Afghanistan
@conoat: no trolling mate. It actually feels like I'm the anti-troll here. For sure people should be comfortable talking about the wrongs they see but my point is - I see so many wrongs, from Western, Eastern, and Middle-Eastern states that I'm curious as to why the Middle Eastern ones seem to get picked out. If nobody wants to take the time to get beyond the hyperbole no worries, but here's the chance to have your specific grievances aired. I'm no apologist for the Gulf States. But I have to say that if you are in the business of denouncing human rights abusers there's probably value in some clarity to your comments. You've come this far in the PB comments section - why not address the specifics?
mmmitch jamessmurthwaite's article
Oct 13, 2021 at 1:16
Oct 13, 2021
UCI Helps Rescue 165 Refugees From Afghanistan
@conoat: I live in the middle east. I'm pretty aware of what happens here. I'm not sure what the particular issue with the Gulf seems to be. I am not baiting anyone - I am genuinely asking which human rights violations people are so clearly against. Feel free to enlighten me.
mmmitch jamessmurthwaite's article
Oct 13, 2021 at 0:24
Oct 13, 2021
UCI Helps Rescue 165 Refugees From Afghanistan
@hamncheez: I hear a lot about these human rights abuses and I am being genuine - what exactly are you and other referring to when complaining about the Gulf States in particular?
mmmitch pinkbikeoriginals's article
May 24, 2020 at 4:50
May 24, 2020
Video: Ben Cathro Does Baseline Testing & Builds A Home Gym For World Cup Training - Walk The Talk Episode 3
@WAKIdesigns: definitely after a certain level the gains are marginal. Squats and DL are just great physical exercise fullstop - but the carryover to improved power on the bike has its limits. Particularly if you are cramming heavy lifting and riding into the same day. That's a trade-off you have to manage. As I've gotten older I've gone much more towards a high frequency training approach, the extreme version being squatting every day but only really getting up to doubles on 5rm weight. The body adjusts to the habitual exercise quickly and most of the negatives associated with soreness and fatigue disappear.
mmmitch pinkbikeoriginals's article
May 23, 2020 at 20:43
May 23, 2020
Video: Ben Cathro Does Baseline Testing & Builds A Home Gym For World Cup Training - Walk The Talk Episode 3
@WAKIdesigns: maybe make your 5rm closer to those numbers. More strength is always good in my opinion. Way back when I was a track sprinter most of our work was based on 3 or 5 rm. Partly because the coach didn't want us to sacrifice ourselves for a single lift, partly because a 10 second strength effort is more useful for a 10 second running effort. Quad burn and arm pump - some more volume could help.
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