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Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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crazy-legs [951 posts] 1 week ago
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perhaps most perplexing of all... just who on earth finds F1 more interesting than cycling?? We're keen to hear your thoughts, in defence or against the order of this poll!

 

WEell F1 can be interesting (note "can be", not "is") due to the technical aspects of it and certain (usually weather or crash-related) situations. Don't get me wrong, I've turned off some proper bore-fest F1 events and if you asked me I'd struggle to even remember what happened at any one circuit or indeed which circuits were "best" but then I'd struggle to describe to you what happened in any given stage of this year's Tour or Vuelta as well so maybe I just don't concentrate.

If you had half as much data and camera angles available in road racing as you do in F1, it might liven things up a bit. Some of it comes down to the commentary as well; the F1 commentary onf Sky SPorts F1 is generally excellent and knowledgeable but there are some dire cycle race commentators. Millar and Boulting are excellent but even they can struggle through a 6hr TdF stage.

 

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ConcordeCX [560 posts] 1 week ago
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Cycling is the new golf. Or is it the other way round?

Why isn't buzkashi on the list? 

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Jamminatrix [187 posts] 1 week ago
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Obviously an insular list to UK. That said, the big issue with cycling is the incredibly long and boring flat stages...sometimes there's four or five hours of absolutely nothing before the final sprint. I can start the feed, go to the gym, do grocery shopping, and still make it back home before it's over. It's just hard to make cycling spectator friendly for people who haven't participated and know what it's like. This is where cyclocross and mountain biking have the leg-up. Unfortunately, every time there is discussion about whether there's need for 200km long stages, everyone acts like their cereal just got pissed in.

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BehindTheBikesheds [1132 posts] 1 week ago
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There is a need for 125+mile 'boring' days because if you try to have balls out racing over three weeks then you don't have a three week race. Unless you want to bring in blood doping and all that. There has to be something in it for all teams who prioritise different things.
A flat stage can often turn out to be a deciding factor, just look at what happened in the TDF a couple of years ago when the time gained on a flat stage that was meant to be a 'boring' stage. The time gained by Froome was virtually the difference over Quintana at the end of three weeks.
As for F1, used to love it, now it's an utter snoozefest. Gone the way of soccer in that it's purely about business and is corrupt as fuck, at least F1 doesn't steal as much money out of the UK as soccer does.
American Football is tedious for the most part, 8minutes of highlights includes multiple replays, test match cricket must be up there though and I did used to play limited overs BITD alongside playing rugby league and squeezing a bit of cycling in too.
I guess followers of each sport like parts of it and loathe some of it also.
I think one of the worst sports is beach volleyball but watching a 10,000m, 20/50k walk or marathon is about the most boring at the olympics.

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tigersnapper [10 posts] 1 week ago
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The problem with cycling is you mostly only get stage racing on terrestial TV and this is really only appreciated by the hardened follower - like test match cricket.  I bet if there was more crit and track racing people would change their view.  My wife hates TdF when its on but loves coming to the velodrome when I go.

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Mark B [8 posts] 1 week ago
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Track racing is boring, just going round and round the same oval. But I realise I'm not typical, because I think athletics is boring, and this surveys shows most people disagree with me.

Stage racing is very much like test match cricket, in that if you follow it closely the tactics make it interesting, and sometimes exciting, but it demands a certain amount of commitment to follow the whole thing. Otherwise you're just watching people on bikes. Which, don't get me wrong, I could happily do all day, but I understand why not everyone would want that.

 

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OldRidgeback [2847 posts] 1 week ago
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Mark B wrote:

Track racing is boring, just going round and round the same oval. But I realise I'm not typical, because I think athletics is boring, and this surveys shows most people disagree with me.

Stage racing is very much like test match cricket, in that if you follow it closely the tactics make it interesting, and sometimes exciting, but it demands a certain amount of commitment to follow the whole thing. Otherwise you're just watching people on bikes. Which, don't get me wrong, I could happily do all day, but I understand why not everyone would want that.

 

Maybe you've been watching the wrong kind of track racing. Us BMX racers ride on a track and in no way can BMX racing be descrcibed as boring. Maybe we need more BMX or MTB racing instead of other cycling sports to show that being on two wheels really is pretty special.

I note that British Cycling is now reaching out to more people to ride BMX so as to be ready for the 2020 Olympics. Well that makes a change, seeing as how BC deliberately blocked some top UK riders from competing before. Perhaps it's part of the change underway within BC but I do wonder why Tre Whyte in particular was blocked from attending the BMX Worlds at his own (sponsor's) expense prior to the last Olympics. By blocking him from the BMX Worlds, it meant Tre was not eligible for the Olympics. The British Olympic squad was allowed to take more BMX riders than it did to Brazil, despite having some quality, world class riders who ended up sitting at home.

There have been allegations of sexism and racism aimed at the previous BC management. I could be more specific, but I'd rather avoid the risk of a libel case thanks. I'll leave that investigation/reporting to a cycle specific news organisation to dig into some of the back room conversations within BC that have seen some riders being prevented from competing, despite having the skills and ability. I'll also not go into detail why there is a massive schism between BC's treatment of BMX racing (as being secondary to track and road) and the BMX racing fraternity in the UK. There are questions in the UK's BMX fraternity as to why young riders are now blocked from competing properly with rankings in the UK. There are also questions about how the Olympic BMX hopefuls are blocked from racing in favour of training, despite racing being one of the most important factors in training for BMX.

I could go on. But I'll leave it to the Road CC team to investigate further.