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Oh RobRugby you make me laugh. And to think, given byour name, you like rugby and game which requires os little skill even I played it competitively! Jealous? Think so.
Applying Rob's criteria most athletics disciplines aren't sports either then...If you don't get it now, Rob, you'll really be scratching your head next December when Chris Froome has won the Tour de France and becomes the third pro cyclist on the bounce to win SPOTY.(Could happen, 2013 looking like an "off year" for major sporting events)
Cycling requires considerable skill and quick thinking, more so than many sports. Even if it didn't, the courage, team work and supreme fitness required would fulfil my definitiion of a sport. Robs comments are either deliberately inflammatory or naive but in either case odd to come from a cycling commuter. Do you not need any skill or quick thinking to cycle safely through traffic?
the achievements of everyone in the list are outstanding but not comparable. To say didn't get the support because he is from Somalia is totally misguided. He is one of our greatest athletes of all time but so are the others on this list in their own field. This is a snapshot view of those watching on the night. There needs to be a change in the way people are nominated and voted for.
Rob,I think that all sports require a level of skill - some more than others. Some examples of skill needed in professional cycyling are 1 Riding in the peloton at 30mph inches off the wheels in front, behind and side, (see also Team Time Trialling) 2 Descending at up to 60mph sometimes in the wet, 3 Sprinting on the road and on the trackBike handling skills are critical.
Rob, cycling to work may, or may not require any skill, but descending an alpine pass, in a bunch, does. Get it wrong and, at best, you are going to lose one hell of a lot of skin. Taking a hairpin at speed requires similar skills to a motorcycle racing or a downhill skiing. If you are suggesting motogp or downhill skiing do not require skill, you have a very strange definition of the word.
#824. I wish I was and I'm not trying to provoke anyone but I don't see how cycling, my form of transport to work is considered a sport. You need very little skill. I know you need to be super fit and strong but where is the difficulty or challenge if you are fit and strong? What part requires skill or quick thinking?
#823 RobRugbyYou are of course kidding aren't you?Well I hope you are!
It makes me laugh that cycling is considered a sport! Sure you need to be fit to do it but it requires zero skill. Its a joke that BW won the spoty.
819. maxmerit. Change the record - no-one's interested in your racist ranting. Everyone I know, whatever their background, was cheering Mo Farah on. Can't you just accept the fact that in a year of great sporting achievement for British sportspeople, his performances were not considered as outstanding as Wiggins'?
#573, I concur with your comment. That being the case just makes the GB swimmers perfomances even more woeful, "I was tired after a heat last night", when they are competing in one or two events, whereas Phelps was going from race - medal ceromony - tv - race - medal....
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