Mathieu Van der Poel (NLD/BKCP-Corendon) leading the way in his first race this season (after recovering from injury at the start of the season)

Duinencross Koksijde WorldCup 2015
  • Nitro

    #Welshweek. Father lives in Wales – “Somewhere in Wales” is about as good a location as you need in that part of the world…

    • Nitro

      Banner photo’s changed – I was enjoying the sights of Wales !

      • My fault. I changed it up after it was posted for something different than another landscape shot today.

        • Tim Ashton

          The more amazing landscape shots the better.

        • Nitro

          Don’t use the word “Fault” – The photos you guys pick are always stunning, no matter what the subject…

        • Sean

          So you were at fault yet again? not! …… you really are asleep at the wheel :-P we love all ya pics

  • jules

    Cookson’s position and thoughts on anti-doping seem reasonable, well thought out and give me confidence that he is genuinely working towards catching dopers, rather than covering them up. compare this to Verbruggen’s old “what doping?”

    • Dave

      He could almost completely eliminate doping if he gave everyone the same expedited access to TUEs that he organised for a certain notable stage race rider from his home federation ;-)

      WADA taking it over completely would be a big step forward, the UCI has shown absolutely no competence at handling it in house.

      • jules

        his point about having responsibility to ensure that WADA would actually deliver a service of equivalent quality to what the UCI does at present is valid. let’s not forget the UCI does more than most, or all other sports in the anti-doping arena. cycling has problems but that doesn’t mean they couldn’t easily be made worse.

        • Dave

          Negotiate a Service Level Agreement with WADA. Job done.

          • jules

            I’m sure that’s an option. but you need to remain open to the possibility that WADA can’t meet terms that justify replacing the CADF. we’ll see. it would be good to have a more independent anti-doping regime – not just in cycling either.

  • Henry

    Excellent news about the scum bag being arrested for the Anakie hit-run – hopefully 10+ years minimum. But has anyone heard anything about the Joel Hawkins hit-run? I did hear they had caught the guy but haven’t heard anything further. Don’t suppose CT could ask the local police or something like that and report back? I think the fact that nothing has been said is a disgrace.

    • jules

      sometimes they know who it is and are busy preparing evidence to support a charge. updating punters on progress isn’t their top priority.

      • Henry

        My understanding is they charged someone – although I could be wrong about that – just be good to get some sort of update. If whoever did it – and remember it was a hit and run in the cycling lane when this shit bag went up the inside of a bus hit him and left him for dead – doesn’t get minimum 10-years whats the message to society? I think we as a cycling community need to respond if this person only gets a slap on the wrist. Just my 2c.

        • jules

          I can assure you – the message to society is “don’t worry, you won’t be put in jail for silly driving manoeuvres, everyone keep calm we’re not going to suddenly impose a higher standard of duty on drivers”.

          you may call that a ‘slap on the wrist’ but it’s a matter of perspective – and ours is very much the minority one.

          • Stompin

            You can’t measure the life of another human. Are people really that depraved that they can’t adjust their driving behaviour, for only a few seconds that it takes to pass a cyclist? I realise that not all situations are the same but in some cases there needs to be harsher penalties. How else are we to change the public perception of cyclists on our roads?

            • jules

              to answer your 2 questions:
              – Yes, they are.
              – I don’t know. The ‘public’ don’t have a burning need to change their perception though.

    • Sean

      Interestingly he is 25 years old and looks about 45 years old, obviously spent a good deal of his life off his nut on drugs and booze. What are the odds he was off his titts on ice or something when he hit this poor cyclist? I would like to see bicycle network and cycling australia agitating more, both orgs are a joke when it comes to things like this that actually matter.

  • jon

    I spectated on SSCXWC once, and was thoroughly irritated by the announcer that day. There was a kiddy pool called “the cess pool” which was filled with muddy water and god knows what. I saw plenty of spectators dumping unfinished beer or what have you into the pool. Since the pool was part of the obstacles, all of the racers had to get through it, and the announcer for the event basically used all kinds of derogatory to “encourage” the participants. I’m sure it was all a joke, but wordings such as “you useless pieces of shits”, “hurry the fu#k up”, and pretty much anything else within the ball park was shouted out over microphone. It didn’t resonate with me, at all, and I have since cared a lot less about cyclocross.

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