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Anybody see worlds in person?(7 posts)

Anybody see worlds in person?Asiago
Oct 13, 2003 9:56 AM
Anybody see worlds in person? What did you think of the course? There was so much talk about it being such a hard course but apparently it was not. I'm interested to hear what folks who saw the race in person thought...

Asiago
Yes, course was selective, but only when the speed went up...Spunout
Oct 13, 2003 11:45 AM
I was in the Claremont Triangle, so both downhill and uphill plus telecoverage were seen.

The pace was steady but slower in the first 3/4 of the race, the lap speeds were all around 38-9 km/h. All present commented that it was quite amazing that the race was together at times.

But in the last 4 laps, average speed went over 40 and final lap was ridden at 44 km/h and the group was totally blown apart. The racing never really started until 2 hours to go. Watching some early breaks on Claremont, these guys weren't even breathing hard. Much different than later stages.

Overall, I am in awe. If what they do is cycling, I do something different. These guys look so cool, even when dropped and spinning home waving to the crowds. Very classy, despite the euro-trash celebrity/rumour mill.

I would have paid double to see that. I've promised myself to do it again, next time in Europe for the full effect.
Yes and............Mike Tea
Oct 13, 2003 3:53 PM
......did ya notice many of them "big-ringing" it up the Claremont - and into that full-on headwind too. Many of them big ringed Beckett Drive as well. Incredible.

It was truly an experience to cherish - as was Montreal '74 for some of us lucky, and older, ones.
re: Anybody see worlds in person?t5rguy
Oct 13, 2003 5:57 PM
What I hear is that two things stifled initiative in the race. First the combination of not-too-hard-inclines + headwind. Made it too hard really pull through as Boogerd commented after the race. Second the tactics of mainly the Italian team to control the breaks, but not work in the breaks.
Most impressive was van Petegem's attack: he really powered up that hill.
Agreed: Azzuri dumbed down the first half of the race. nmSpunout
Oct 14, 2003 4:06 AM
re: Anybody see worlds in person?gala7516
Oct 13, 2003 6:01 PM
It was a truly awesome experience to see these athletes in person, and there was not a better way to see them. There were so many great places to watch the race. It was possible to watch these guys climb, hike across the course and then watch them descend on the same lap. It was awesome to be so close to them on the course in various situations.
I thought that it was a tough course. I was surprised at how many of the riders were finishing the races.

I thought there would be more spectators and more difficulty to watch the race. What was the expected attendance? How many were there?

We need more events like this in North America!
100K attended Sunday, 250K over the week. nmSpunout
Oct 14, 2003 4:04 AM