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Nick Payne
Joined: 10 Jan 2004
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Location: Canberra, Australia

9/19/22 1:57 AM

UCI Worlds

Arrived yesterday just in time to watch the elite mens TT. Good reactions from the winner, who looked as though he didn't really believe that he'd won.

Had a really nice ride today up one of the local passes to the highlands and back down another. At the foot of the pass I climbed there was a sign saying that the road was closed, but I saw a couple of cyclists coming the other way, so kept going. There was a landslip about half way up that had taken out about half the road, and locked gates both sides of this section, but I just lifted my bike over the gates. This meant that there was absolutely zero traffic on the climb, other than some other cyclists.

On the descent of the other (much busier) pass, I saw quite a few teams and riders out training. A bunch of a dozen or so Italians were just cresting the climb as I was about to start the descent, then shortly after I saw about half a dozen English riders climbing (though not together), then about half way down I saw Wout Van Aert followed by three of his teammates, then when I'd reached the bottom and was heading towards the coast, there was a bunch of Spanish riders heading the other way. And finally, as I was coming back into Wollongong along the Princes Hwy with a strong tailwind, sitting on 35-40kph and feeling pretty good, the same four Belgian jerseys came flying past going a good 20kph faster.

I just had a look, and WVA posted his ride on Strava: https://www.strava.com/activities/7831337905/overview. 50% further than my ride and 50% faster as well.

p.s. Had a look on Strava again the following day, and it looks like his ride yesterday was just a leg loosener. Today was 226km with 2800m of climbing at an average speed of 36kph: https://www.strava.com/activities/7836683874/overview .

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Nick Payne
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Location: Canberra, Australia

9/23/22 4:47 AM

The junior men's RR was one of the best races I've seen in a long time, finished with a really great sprint. Worth trying to find some coverage of it.

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RCoapman
Joined: 09 Feb 2005
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Location: Back in the snowy homeland

9/23/22 8:57 AM

Awesome that you got to see the races and ride some of the course. Though I think anyone comparing their rides to WVT, including the other pros and even just out of curiosity, is a recipe for depression. ;).

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Sparky
Joined: 08 Dec 2003
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Location: PDX

9/23/22 9:47 AM

I hear that right, Juniors UCI gear restrictions getting lifted??

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Nick Payne
Joined: 10 Jan 2004
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Location: Canberra, Australia

9/23/22 3:52 PM

Yes, junior gear restrictions are being done away with from next year. There seem to be two reasons:

1. It's getting increasingly difficult to find components for the restricted gearing - 52t chainrings and cassettes with a 14t small cog.

2. The medical evidence in support of restricted gearing isn't there.

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Sparky
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Location: PDX

9/24/22 6:45 PM

OK, Nick... were you a lawyer by chance?

VDP arrested from Hotel indecent prior to competition apparently.

I think in US there would be a pile of law suites. Dunno squat about OZ law. Well don't really know much [@US]

Least of which VDP team suing the Hotel. That lack of security will have loss of revenue ramifications to VDP/team via a Pro like VDP not competing conceivably???

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Nick Payne
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9/26/22 4:40 AM

Re MvDP, I know no more about it than I've read in the media. He was originally due in court tomorrow, but apparently he has pleaded guilty to assault and was fined $1500.

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Sparky
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9/26/22 9:26 AM

Some Buzz:

"Mathieu van der Poel has been convicted in Australia for the confrontation with two girls in a hotel in Sydney. The judge fined him $1,000 for pushing one girl and $500 for the other girl."

"Van der Poel flies back home at 10 a.m. Dutch time. His lawyer says he will appeal against the ruling and hopes that the rider will be acquitted."

Sound like path to fastest plane home was chosen. Won't be over for a while. Some other info suggests there is video...

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RCoapman
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Location: Back in the snowy homeland

9/26/22 12:30 PM

30 years ago if you heard about a professional athlete in this situation it would look pretty sketchy.

But with entitled, clueless teenagers who have no respect for adults these days I'm inclined to have a lot more sympathy to the adults. I have no doubt they were being utter little shits.

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Nick Payne
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Location: Canberra, Australia

9/26/22 5:29 PM

Here are some photos I took during the week. The first half dozen are from walks/rides we did, the rest are rather spotty coverage of the racing.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/QSYESCwQah9YbFbK9

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Sparky
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Location: PDX

9/26/22 6:50 PM

Nice, thanks for sharing...


This end alright?

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Brian Nystrom
Joined: 26 Jan 2004
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Location: Nashua, NH

9/27/22 10:13 AM

Rob was correct, it was a couple of unsupervised little shits:
https://www.bicycling.com/racing/a41387873/mathieu-van-der-poel-arrested-fined-in-australia-after-hotel-altercation/?source=nl&date=092722

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Sparky
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9/27/22 10:29 AM

image from that page, look at the shadow on the tarmac. ;)

Some photo chopping?

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Nick Payne
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Location: Canberra, Australia

9/28/22 4:42 PM

Belgian humour:

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dan emery
Joined: 11 Jan 2004
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Location: Maine

9/28/22 4:58 PM

Excellent

Thatís great.

Although we donít know all the facts of course, but based on what Iíve read, I wouldnít convict VDP for shoving those little twerps.

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Sparky
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9/28/22 7:16 PM

Yeah, that's pretty good. Agree on the brats...

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Brian Nystrom
Joined: 26 Jan 2004
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Location: Nashua, NH

9/29/22 5:01 AM

While I certainly sympathize with Van der Poel, as an adult, he should have known better. He should have called the hotel management rather than taking matters into his own hands. literally. It was a dumb and forgivable action, but it doesn't prevent him from being legally culpable.

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Sparky
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Location: PDX

9/29/22 12:28 PM

Wrong team, could be apropos with some jersey photo chop txt editing? #toolazytodoit

Post from PL thread I posted the first pic in.

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