RichN95 wrote:Their bid was probably a very solid one. And yes, it will have a lucrative financial aspect. Making money isn't corrupt
That depends, doesn't it.
And I'm not even going to comment on the 'financing women cycling' since we all know that is not a priority that Pat is intersted in what so ever.
RichN95 wrote:First of all they don't just pick the course with the most climbing. They mix them up to provide some variety. This one will be a sprinter's race with crosswinds. The Tour of Qatar is usually a decent race.
True. Tour of Qatar can be wonderful race with crosswinds and stuff. But the thing is. This WC will be in circuit of x amount of laps. That means these random crosswind parts on the route will not be that random at all, since the riders would have ridden the parts plenty of times. That means, if there even are winds - it's not like it's a certainty, is it.. - that instead of great action we will have 200 riders trying to postioning themselves on the dangerous parts with inevitable chaos to follow and the winner will be the one who managed to stay on his bike rather being the fastest.
World Championships should have sprint profiles. Of course it should. But you can find such profiles in places where they actually give a f*ck about the sport. Did you watch the Copenhagen race? Horrible race, cycling wise, but the show up was incredible - and pretty much only beaten by the insane show up during the Olympics in London - and that atmosphere made a bit up for the poor race.
RichN95 wrote:And for a supposedly 'cycling crazy' country, why does Norway only have one race?
After Belgium, Denmark is most cycling crazy country measured on population. Out of 6 million the main channel had at times over 1 million viewers during the Tour De France 2011 - can you mention me a proper danish race that is not Tour of Denmark? Although Norway can't keep up with ratings like these, there have been a major interest in the sport after Kurt Asle, Thor and Eddy's performances in recent years. Not many countries have traditions of having many races - other than the ones who were in the sport right from the beginning. The amount of races tells absolutely nothing.