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Where will our sport of cycling be 5 years from now........(5 posts)

Where will our sport of cycling be 5 years from now........abicirider
Jul 17, 2003 5:00 AM
Just kinda of a let your mind wander type of post but where do you think our sport of cycling will be say in the summer of 2008,
Do you think there will still be more or less organized rides.
More or less crit road racing
more or less cyclist(road) in general
more or less support from the public for our sport.
what type of advances in frames, parts do you think we will see.
any and all thoughts visions would be great to hear from anyone.
I truly hope the sport progresses and very very reggressions are confronted but who knows.
Be Safe Out On The Roads!!!!!!!!
Ray Still
Mooresville, NC
re: Where will our sport of cycling be 5 years from now........The Human G-Nome
Jul 17, 2003 7:43 AM
i'm not sure about the answers to all of your questions, but i'll go out on a limb and say that Jose Antonio Pecharroman will have already won two Tours de France.
Yeah...Dwayne Barry
Jul 17, 2003 8:53 AM
or failed a couple of dope tests. Talk about a guy coming out of nowhere and winning some big races handedly (kinda like that Perez fella). To paraphrase Heras' quote after his lost to P. at the uphill TT at Catalunya, "I don't believe it, I just simply don't believe it."
Then again maybe he's the next great cyclist.
My guess...Frith
Jul 17, 2003 8:40 AM
And this is coming from a North American perspective as I expect attitudes in Europe to remain fairly constant.
Lance mania will have subsided to a dull roar and what it will leave in it's wake are a lot of fairly serious young riders. Those who were influenced by postal magic but weren't really that dedicated will leave the sport as if it were a fad. Some however will have been struck so hard that it will solidify and turn into life long passion. I think that after the flash in the pan stops sizlin' we will see steady increases in both roadie numbers and general public understanding...or at least I hope.
re: Where will our sport of cycling be 5 years from now........Scot_Gore
Jul 17, 2003 12:55 PM
My Pie in the Sky thoughts:
Do you think there will still be more or less organized rides: More Tours than now (retiring healthy boomers)

More or less crit road racing: Less Crit, but a infant Tour de North America

more or less cyclist(road) in general : Same %

more or less support from the public for our sport: Less, a growing swell to "get off MY road and onto YOUR trail"

what type of advances in frames, parts do you think we will see: Constantly variable transmission (perhaps 2008 too short a window for a mass market)

My 2 cents

Scot