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Condor Andy [803 posts] 2 years ago
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Sometime today hopefully.  I'm asking the powers that be what the situation is.  1

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enrique [2421 posts] 2 years ago
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This sounds both exciting and recklessly stupid!  1 Can we add it to the competition?  1

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fxceltic [66 posts] 2 years ago
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Also are we not having Italians only comp this year? Shame if not, it's an interesting one because it usually all comes down to one selection

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Aragonite [269 posts] 2 years ago
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That descender comp. is an absolute disgrace imo,especially  in light of what has just happened to Chad Young. It's promoting a bunch of testosterone fuelled kids going hell for leather downhill with little or no regard for their own safety. Crazy.

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TERatcliffe26 [4782 posts] 2 years ago
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Absolute stupidity. Anyone who endorses it needs to take a look in the mirror. Remember Wouter do we oraganisers? Short memories it seems

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STEVESPRO 79 [551 posts] 2 years ago
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I am struggling to believe that this is true.....Utter unsympathetic madness....no

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Condor Andy [803 posts] 2 years ago
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The UCI has asked the Giro organisers to remove it.

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MinardiM189 [683 posts] 2 years ago
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Perhaps we should ban downhill skiing.

Shit motor racing should be banned outright , it encourages people to take risks in cars.

Motor cycling too, that is just outright dangerous. Especially the Isle of Man TTs.

The reaction to this attempt to recognise a fundamental skill of cycling is pathetic.

 

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STEVESPRO 79 [551 posts] 2 years ago
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MinardiM189 wrote:

Perhaps we should ban downhill skiing.

Shit motor racing should be banned outright , it encourages people to take risks in cars.

Motor cycling too, that is just outright dangerous. Especially the Isle of Man TTs.

The reaction to this attempt to recognise a fundamental skill of cycling is pathetic.

 

I find it a little sad that you do not think that there are not already enough risks linked to the sport that fail to satisfy your lust for carnage.....It would appear that the majority including the Giro organisers have recognised the fact that there is indeed enough risk out there, without the need to encourage more...And besides the best descenders will still strut their stuff and throw caution to the wind..... However my friend we are all entitled to our opinions...

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Aragonite [269 posts] 2 years ago
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MinardiM189 wrote:

Perhaps we should ban downhill skiing.

Shit motor racing should be banned outright , it encourages people to take risks in cars.

Motor cycling too, that is just outright dangerous. Especially the Isle of Man TTs.

The reaction to this attempt to recognise a fundamental skill of cycling is pathetic.

 

Pleased the riders saw sense and told the organizers what to do with their ridiculous idea. I'm thinking you may be watching the wrong sport Minardi. Plenty of extreme sports out there for you.

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davel [2723 posts] 2 years ago
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I don't see Minardi baying for blood. They're having a pop at the 'reaction to the attempt to recognise a fundamental skill of cycling'. I agree.

Descending already carries a certain amount of risk - who can say how much more risky this would make it? Is there science behind the protest, or is it just an easy knee-jerk?

I've found some of the references to the tragedy of Wouter Weylandt particularly po-faced and wayward. We have a KOM Jersey, and how much has the climbing specialism led to tragedy? How much has the focus on climbing in tour profiles already led to poor-climbers-but-decent-descenders pushing it too far? Chad and Wouter happened in events with no such award: what's the argument - that it would be worse with the award? How can you possibly know?

Besides, climbing isn't without its evils: for Wouter I can directly substitute Tom. Beyond that, it's going up, rather than down, mountains that has inspired doses of EPO and blood transfusions. Should you also be arguing for the removal of the KOM Jersey?

These freaks, over the course of a tour, already put their bodies through risks and stresses that humans aren't meant to do, many of them needing illicit assistance. I'm curious as to why this award crosses a line regarding taste, for some people: if it's purely concern for the riders' well-being, I reckon completing a tour puts them well over any reasonable line as it is.