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Given the abject lack of financial support for athletes in the UK it amazes me that anyone wants to start the journey to the elite level. It is truly shocking. There is no acknowledgement by govt of the sheer dedication, effort and sacrifice these people make. Until that changes the UK will always be looking up the medal table and not at the top looking down.
She was not registered in time due to an oversight on someone's part and this is the product of the newly revamped British Cycling, I only hope the culprit is identified and asked to pay the travel costs.I also find that at similar events nowadays you get petty officials involved who revel in their period of power to study the rule book in order to flex their muscles, hence no late entry given.
As only Garfoot and Villumsen can be considered world class time triallists out of the field, having start gaps of a minute was probably right. In the worlds and pro races the top 10 might get a 2 minute gap. Even good Commonwealth time triallists are not there. Hannah Barnes and Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio are racing the Ardennes classics.
Daylight second in this race with the Aussies so far in front you cant see them, much like the Games overall.The English however are perfecting their Event Withdrawal and Excuse Making skills. Well done.They even get let down by their own officials.
@17 sorry think we have been talking cross purposes... I was explaining the finishing time gaps, whereas you clearly meant (on re reading) the starting gaps! I think longer gaps and therefore a "race of truth" (like the saying) is definitely the way to go. I find the CG a bit funny in that some events it is their pinnacle (eg. squash) and some it is like a medium-low level one (eg. TT)
I don't disagree that the competitior standard do vary a lot, for me that is part of the fun of these games. (Take a look at the last finisher in the men's Tri!) . Meyer in the men's TT is class. On your point I have to say I think the small gas are unhelpful as catching riders is a big lift for the catcher plus an opportunity to get a small drag, just not good in a race of truth IMHO
@15 I meant more from a competition standard, most of the best time trialists aren't there hence the time gaps between the best and the rest. I see your point about the course, but surely that can't really affect splits that much if you have a big gap in abilities? Looking at the top 10 in the women's, the time trial pedigree drops significantly from 1-10...
@12 indeed I was using the term as I would for olympic/World champ, as in once a champ always. But yes she is not the current national. As for not being big enough an event - really!? To afford bigger gaps than 1 minute would have been so easy with closed roads and relatively few competitors there was no need to not do so, crikey seen it done in smaller events!
@11 - not sure what you're waffling about. I was hinting about a better in-depth source of Australian sports coverage.
Just a thought but how do you ‘win’ a silver or bronze medal. The only winning medal is the gold - everything else - 2nd, 3rd,4th etc are just awards for nearly winning or more precisely losing.
@10 TheLardMeister, she is a *former* national champ... for the gaps, this isn't really such a big race, most of the best time-trialists are outside of the commonwealth.
@4. And @7. Good to see the ol sandpaper joke launched again BUT we’ve just doubled England’s gold. 48 to 24. Sorry.
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