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  • RacingCondor

    I wonder if the 2016 Olympics has anything to do with the number of ‘surprise’ races appearing on the UCI calendar this year. Wouldn’t surprise me at all to see that there were only a few top flight riders making it to each and they just happen to be local, know the organisers and need points to meet Olympic criteria. The only thing I’m not sure of is what you need to qualify for an Olympic team as a cyclist.

    For an example look at Sochi and Vanessa Mae to see similar (she won’t have been the first).

    Link – http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2014/nov/11/vanessa-mae-violinist-banned-skiing-four-years

    • Jessi Braverman

      I don’t think it’s quite as calculated as you suggest (riders know race organizers, so they’re putting on races specifically for certain riders), but the fact that it is the year before the Olympics certainly has a lot to do with the point-chasing.

      We do a Road to Rio series that first introduces readers to potential contenders but will soon segue into explaining more about the nuances of qualification. Here’s some of the initial reading:

      • RacingCondor

        Thanks Jessi,

        I’ll bow to your superior knowledge of it and take some comfort in being too cynical for once.

        I know how hard it can be for athletes to chase points having read Kathryn Bertine’s excellent The Road Less Taken.

        All of this adds to Stef’s arguments for a properly defined race calendar, laid out in advance so teams can plan properly though.


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