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  1. Sorry for asking without going back through the thread but with max at the back for a technical, what does it mean for his three place penalty? Has that been absorbed into this or does it carry forward?
  2. Ive a feeling he contributes a LOT in the behind the scenes stuff. Sure I’ve seen it spoken about on various bits and pieces, teams love working with him for that reason
  3. She did yeah. But she was sort of “last of the previous era” in a lot of ways and it seems to be a lot better now for the female cyclists than she had it. Nicole Cook had a bad time too.
  4. That's because his age puts him in the young/not fully formed bracket; the prefrontal cortex is on average still developing until around age 25 and this is the area responsible for a lot of higher reasoning, decision making, planning, impulse control. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3621648/ And a nice little part on a graphic on that link "the ability to balance short-term reward with long term goals" - in F1 terms, the ability to think it might not be best to go for it on that turn when you're probably going to carry momentum a little later for the safer option. All of this seems very relevant to the discussions happening around the weekend's events!
  5. Well, I’m not complaining, I really don’t want Max to win the championship. He’s an ass.
  6. Sky commentary continues to annoy. Talking about how it’d be nice if Lando could latch onto Max to give Lewis a tow. As if Lando wouldn’t have any other tactics to follow, like say, keeping Lewis well away from Danny Ric
  7. I actually thought of this more as “you hold no interest to me, nothing you can do could be threatening, I don’t need to assimilate you because you are inferior” arrogance. You’re right it was mostly just a plot device and I was young and naive (now just naive), but the drama where they suddenly realised they’d been outsmarted was decent.
  8. I’m really not surprised in the least that the organisers went down the cautious route with Spa, in particular. Seeing Lando go off near enough where Anthoine did…. His accident was in the dry also. They weren’t ever going to risk it IMO.
  9. Just seen that Nat Phillips has signed a new long term deal as well, which actually surprises me as I thought he might be off but I’m really pleased we still have him after his efforts last season.
  10. Not having Fernandes might prove to be a problem
  11. Except Eurosport also had Jo Rowsell, who was excellent. Kirby is always the same
  12. Also skateboarding! Just, any of it. I am so hyped/glad the Winter Olympics is so close
  13. Men’s Team Pursuit final as well in track cycling, was really an epic final.
  14. It's probably worth saying for track that the English (British?) velodromes were closed throughout all of the lockdowns, London opened for the briefest of spells September-November 2020, and then nothing until April/May 2021 this year. I'm not sure about Manchester. And I wonder what the facilities were like for athletes in other countries but I've no doubt these limitations would've impacted our team's training. Derby Arena was turned into a mass vacc site.
  15. Funding and access (which ties into funding too). South Africa no longer has an indoor velodrome (Bellville not open anymore) for example, so there’s just no facility for their athletes to actually train this stuff properly, which is mad when you consider that they actually do produce some very talented cyclists. There’s probably not even one in all of Africa?
  16. But there’s so much money in their collegiate system for sport, so is it all private?
  17. Well, if “medal hauls” are what countries track and how they allocate funding as opposed to gold medal hauls, it kinda makes sense.
  18. I only just twigged today what really happened with our cycling boys. I knew Tanfield was in the crash, half forgot he was travelling reserve, then googled why he was riding. Ed Clancy retired for good. End of an era He isn’t as well known as other names in cycling, a lot of people start in track as youngsters and move onto road (Geraint Thomas, Brad Wiggins and Mark Cavendish all prime examples, and our ladies Laura then Trott, Dani King and Jo Rowsell all had stints on the road too). There are some who stay on track though - usually sprinters without a true parallel in road racing. Ed I’ve followed for years, he still stayed Mr Track really, but he did participate in road racing although largely on the GB only circuit. The reason he was so good at Pursuit was because he had the power of a sprinter who could eat up the first kilometre, then recover through the next couple, before still having enough in the tank to be a powerhouse for the final stretch. Sad
  19. Also call out for George saying “compromise my race if you need” to give Nicholas the best shot they could
  20. Jeez, the one Sunday I go out. Just finished. Avoided all knowledge beforehand. My word! Had the choice between Sky and Channel 4 and so glad I went Sky for once, Nico is an absolute delight and I’m so glad we had him for the actual race commentary - think I’ve only caught him on practice before? Probably remembering wrongly. Happy for Ocon, gutted for Vettel. Alonso, what a guy. Sucks to be Max lol. Sad for Lando. Bottas went full wingman today. I’m exhausted. Lewis clearly struggling by the time he got on the podium, Ocon was helping him up onto the step and off again.
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