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UCI World Road Time Trial Championship

by lamplighter (U14082346) 29 September 2010
Date:
29 September 2010
Venue:
Geelong
Competition:
Road cycling
Star of the show:
Emma Pooley
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Emma Pooley turned in a brilliantly controlled performance to win the gold medal in the UCI World Road Time Trial Championship. Commentators stated that she is currently in the form of her life, but she clearly knew exactly how to ride the course. No radios are allowed, which means that riders may have to rely on more old fashioned means of working out roughly where they are in relation to the leaders. Above all their training and preparation for the event are the key elements.

The BBC news coverage on its "Breakfast Time" consisted of about 20 seconds of "Breaking News" at the end of the sport slot after discussing ballroom dancing, Wayne Rooney's ankle, the Ryder Cup (which has not even started), etc.

Given that the live covearge was on the BBC (Red Button) earlier in the morning, this is a very poor piece of non-reporting. Perhaps it reflects 1) BBC's lack of interest in cycling, 2) It was a woman who won.

Congratulations to all, silver medallist Judith Arndt, bronze Linda Serup Villumsen and Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli who came fifth at the age of 52, one of the greatest cyclists of all time.

This is a great start for the British team and should inspire other riders in the coming week.

Incroyable Emma!

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comment by ike2112 (U4429659)

posted Sep 30, 2010

>If you don't know who half of them are ike then you really haven't been following much sport. Graeme McDowell and Amy Williams are probably the most obscure but as first British golfer in ages to win a major and our only medallist and a gold one at that at the Winter Olympics they both deserve their spots.
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I watch a ridiculous amount of sport. My mrs hates how much sport I watch. I don't actually watch TV shows, just sport and usually a film or two each week, that's it.
I do not however watch golf. I won't be drawn into an argument into what merits each sport has, but my preference is for sports to involve physical cardiovascular fitness and ideally violence. I have for example played rugby, aussie rules and currently play american football.
I do watch boxing, but only really the big fights. Too often the others are tedious. And truth be told I went off it a lot after trying it myself.
I do not watch cricket. I played it when I was young, but living in Scotland it rains all bar 6 or so days a year and the pitches are very grassy so the quality of conditions are awful. I never enjoyed watching it.
I don't watch the winter olympics with the sole exception of the biathlon. In fact it highly amuses me that once every 4 years everyone suddenly becomes an expert on the bobsleigh or slalom, as they sit on their couch going "ooh, they took that corner far too wide....nah, not bending their hips enough, very poor".

Of those on the list:

Tony McCoy - I know he's a jockey, but that's about as far as it goes.
I know who Lewis Hamilton is, but haven't watched more than 3 F1 races this year. He's never stuck me as being the most skillful of drivers.
I didn't know who Jessica Ennis is, but I think she might be a gymnast or something? I do think I remember her, some picture of her with her hair harshly tied right back. I think that's her. No idea what she won.
Phil Taylor - is this the darts player? He expends more energy when he's on Question of Sport than he does winning World Championships. I have no idea about who wins darts. I know some have funny names, and the only reason it's popular is because it's traditional to get totally wasted and shout a lot, which are things that suit our society well. If it's not that Phil Taylor, but another one, then clearly I have no idea who he is or what he did.
Graeme McDowell - no idea. Cricket? Golf?
Mo Farah - no idea. Rugby league?
Amy Williams - no idea. Such a fairly common name she really doesn't stick in my mind at all. Athletics?
David Haye - boxer. Wasn't it last year he beat the freaky big guy? He hasn't fought a big fight this year that I'm aware of.
Cavendish - a long-distance mouth runner and part-time cyclist.
Victoria Pendleton - track cyclist, I don't watch track usually but I remember thinking earlier this year (sports relief actually) that she's probably not even the best female track cyclist in the UK, she just gets more publicity for her looks etc, but then I know she went and won the championships earlier this year. So fair play to her.

I guess this year's British sporting achievements haven't been particularly memorable for me. The lass who won the Winter Olympic gold on the tea-tray slip-slide thing was very impressive. And she looks a bit like Jonathan Davies too if I remember, and he's quite amusing. But I have no idea what her name is. I remember that I fancied her teammate, Shelley Rudman.
I would never sleight someone's achievement when they've become the best at what they do, or at the pinnacle of their sport. Believe me, I know how hard that is...and the very limited reward that you get for representing your nation in a minority sport. But the fact remains I don't know who quite a few of these people are. On the SPOTY show they list their achievements, and I strongly believe as much as half the people who vote will base their vote solely on the list of achievements that are read out on the show.

Back to the cycling....

Terrific stuff, I don't really like TTs but I liked this.
And David Millar was impressive. He has to look at that as being like winning, because unless something untoward happens with weather, tyres etc Cancellara is by far the best in the world. Coming 2nd is almost like winning, because you can pretty much regard Fab as a superhuman...so Millar came top out of all the non-freaks of nature!

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posted Sep 30, 2010

You have no idea who Jessica Ennis is?

That one surprises me. Bearing in mind the sport she does, she's been extremely high profile in the last couple of years. Sure you'll find out soon though, with the Olympics coming up you'll be sick of the sight of her. (if that's possible.)

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posted Sep 30, 2010

Mo Farah - no idea. Rugby league?
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lol. Enjoyed reading your amusing comments smiley.

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comment by ike2112 (U4429659)

posted Sep 30, 2010

Is Ennis not gymnastics then?

I have no idea in the slightest who Mo Farah is.

I'm going to go look them all up, could be amusing.

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posted Sep 30, 2010

Ike,

Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis are athletes. Farah has just become the European 5000 and 10000 metre champion, breaking the British Record for the 5000m in the process. Jessica Ennis is a heptathlete, and the best in the world too.

Amy Williams is the girl on the tea-tray that you mentioned.

Graeme McDowell is a golfer, he just won the US Open, which Europeans very rarely win.

Lewis Hamilton is a very good driver, but he didn't win last year and probably will not win this year either.

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posted Sep 30, 2010

Its not possible to be sick of the sight of Jess Ennis.

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posted Sep 30, 2010

Had it been McIlroy or Westwood that won the US Open, they would be favourite for SPOTY I would imagine.

McDowell is an excellent player, but just not high profile enough, especially this side of the Atlantic.

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comment by ike2112 (U4429659)

posted Sep 30, 2010

Ha, just looked them all up. That's not too bad?!

Ha, Amy Williams was the Winter Olympics lass. It says a lot that I remember her teammate with the attractive rear more than the one who actually won gold. It maybe says a lot about me, but it also says a lot about the perception of that sport. Still, she won Gold and did it in a very high-pressure situation...I've always liked the way the Winter Olympic sports do the 'last run' in reverse order, as it creates the most pressure possible. So when you win, you really do deserve it.

Not sure I had Ennis as the right person. I think I might have mixed her up with Beth Tweddle.
No DJ I probably still won't know after the Olympics. Although she's fairly easy on the eye and any chance you get to watch barely-covered women prancing around on the TV is an opportunity worth taking. If I did watch, it'd be to see her and other women, not the event itself! Which isn't really the point, so I would probably not bother at all.

Mo Farah...even though I've looked him up I still had no idea! At least it's a guy, I was worried for a second that Mo may have been female.

Since I am absolutely nowhere near London though I don't intend on paying much attention at all to the Olympics. I couldn't give a toss about archery or sailing for the 3 years, 364 days between Olympic competitions, so I'm not about to suddenly care for 1 day every 4 years. Do we all truly love watching the triple jump? Are all huge fans? Or did we just cheer for Jonathan Edwards because he was British and very polite about it all? I doubt very much any of us know anything bar the absolute basics about the triple jump and we only ever watch the Olympics or Worlds. I like a fairly broad spectrum of things, and I'm fairly open-minded about things and trying them, but I just am not interested in these sports and I find it a bit almost hypocritical to jump in on them once every 4 years. Probably in the same way people watch only the Super Bowl, or just the Tour de France, and end up not having the first idea how good Patrick Willis or Philippe Gilbert actually are.

Our placing as a nation on a medals table is not going to make my day good or bad.
The only reason I want GB to do well is so that more money will be put into funding sport at grassroots level, as I believe it's good for kids. That said, the sports I'm most involved in aren't Olympic sports so even then it won't help me out in my sports development stuff I do.

Wow, that was a semi-rant. Unintended. I don't dislike the Olympics. Just a bit meh. I watch sometimes, but I don't get right into some sport just cos a Brit did ok in it. I like to see people doing well. Personal bests always please me, as I know that person achieved something that was perhaps the ultimate success for them at the very top platform possible.
Since I'm not anywhere close though, I'm a bit fed up of people going on about it like I'll be able to see it out my bedroom window. I might go down to watch the RR, but I doubt it unless they put hilly bits in the course (and they have no reason to do so).

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posted Sep 30, 2010

I understand your point and I never thought it was a negative thing about you that you didn't know who those people were.

If you don't like watching a sport, you're hardly going to be bothered about people who do that sport. I was going more on the media coverage Ennis has been getting of late.

Personally, I just like watching competition for competition's sake. That's why I like things like the Commonwealth Games. I also find it quite easy to get into any sport, I don't even know why really. I love the Olympics, been twice live and am pretty obsessive watching it on TV.

Each to their own, I guess.

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comment by ike2112 (U4429659)

posted Sep 30, 2010

>If you don't like watching a sport, you're hardly going to be bothered about people who do that sport. I was going more on the media coverage Ennis has been getting of late.<

Ah, see generally media irritates me, so I steer clear and just look for what I want to read about. Even opening the internet on my laptop takes me to MSN's homepage, where it's 'news' consists of "Harry Potter actor buys new shirt" etc.
Sports news totally skewed towards Football, Rugby, Cricket and Golf too usually. So I haven't seen Ennis on the news at all, even sports news, as I tend to avoid it.

>Personally, I just like watching competition for competition's sake. That's why I like things like the Commonwealth Games. I also find it quite easy to get into any sport, I don't even know why really. I love the Olympics, been twice live and am pretty obsessive watching it on TV.
Each to their own, I guess.<

Absolutely. I like the spectacle and competitive aspects of sport. Believe me, I've done enough of them myself!
I've also attended sporting events to give them a chance, some good, some bad.
I enjoy even sports I know nothing about, if the situation is tense and the competitive aspect of it is clear and you can see the toil on the athletes. I don't know a thing about nor am I a fan of bobsleigh for example, but watching people perfom at the pinnacle under huge pressure with hundredths of seconds the difference between success and failure...that's entertaining.
That's awesome in any sport which is physically demanding. I even admire the skills that dart players have, as much as I dislike their activity and it's place next to sports with much greater physical demands.
But it doesn't mean I like bobsleigh. And I'll only have been watching it in the first place if I had nothing better to do, and often I do, so I don't watch. It'll be the same when the Olympics comes to the UK. I'll be out doing something unrelated. Out cycling, or coaching, or maybe reading a book in the garden. Most of the time though I'll be at work, not bothered or blissfully unaware about what I'm missing.

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