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Hoy out of Commonwealths

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Sir Chris Hoy has pulled out of the Commonwealth Games in October because it will clash with the European Championships.

Full story here:
news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/oth...

I interviewed Sir Chris a couple of weeks ago. He spoke about how important representing Scotland is to him and was still hopeful at the time that there wouldn't be a clash.

World cycling's governing body the UCI has only recently made the Euros and Olympic qualifying event and it's still not completely clear when and where it will be.

It's a shame we won't get to see him in Delhi but also important that he puts everything he's got into his Olympic qualifying campaign.

What do you think?

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posted Jul 16, 2010

"This is absolutely shocking"

Is it really?

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posted Jul 16, 2010

Anyone who has followed cycling these last years knows that the UCIs decisions lack logic, especially where applied to track. I could list recent examples, but it would be boring.

Oh and to the football fan who said "There is a decline in the track cycling as alot of our best riders turn their attentions to the road and rightly so."

Please provide proof, and evidence, especially in relation to track sprinters moving to the road, which this article is about (I can think of 1, I'll be impressed if you can name them)

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comment by neil (U10503923)

posted Jul 16, 2010

Kevin

It's a Hobsons choice. He didn't want to make the choice but the UCI forced his hand. Read the article more carefully (I know, it's too tempting not to before bumping yer gums).

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posted Jul 16, 2010

Oh hang on, for once I'm being unfair to the UCI - The Euro Track Champs are run by the European Cycling Federation, not the UCI.

I think I recall that reason this is a qualifying event is because only a certain number of countries are allowed to send riders, and that's decided through their "regional" champs. Europe gets more than most regions, IIRC - but otherwise there's no way to judge between those nations.

Mind you, there is still a reason to hate the UCI for this - in the last few years, October's been the slot for the Manchester round of the Track World Cup - this year that's been shifted to February, effectively shortening the track season, so I can't see where the Euro Champs would have fitted otherside. Phew! I can still blame McQuaid!

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posted Jul 17, 2010

"Please provide proof, and evidence, especially in relation to track sprinters moving to the road, which this article is about (I can think of 1, I'll be impressed if you can name them)"

Can't think of any Brits. Theo Bos is the only one I know of.

Agree it's ridiculous to suggest track sprinters (which is what the Olympics now focus on) are defecting to the road.

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comment by CS (U13260344)

posted Jul 17, 2010

Yeah Theo Bos is the only one I know of. It's just a completley different type of event.

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posted Jul 17, 2010

Heh, I knew you lot would know, but not the person who said it originally!

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posted Aug 7, 2010

Pathetic, shameful - but then what else would you expect when he was capable of blubbing on the podium at the Olympics, watching the raising of the flag of the artificial 'nation' and listening to the anthem which was composed as an anti-Scottish song? The personification of the Scottish cringe.

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posted Aug 8, 2010

I'd just like to add my howl of disapproval - first at the UCI who we expect this kind of thing from, it being their mission to destroy track cycling. I would however like to point the finger at the athletes who have capitulated so readily in the face of the UCI. They are not part of the solution so they are part of the problem - gutless.

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posted Aug 10, 2010

Not the man I thought he was!

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