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  • VerticallyCompliant

    Is it true USA cycling lobbied to have the TT course all left turns to employ their then secret left hand drivetrain track bike technology? Estimated savings of 35 seconds on your average 40km course.

    • lefthandside

      The special bikes Might not be much help to the track team if they can’t get the velodrome built in time!! Could be doing laps of the carpark

      • Dave

        The track cycling might need to be shifted to one of the three existing world-class velodromes in Latin America at Cali (Colombia), Aguascalientes (Mexico) or Guadalajara (Mexico).

        The alleged aero gains won’t be quite as useful there, as those cities are at 1,018m, 1,888m and 1566m altitude respectively.

        • Carton

          Interesting idea, I hadn’t thought about it. But Rio – Mexico DF is about a 9 1/2 hour flight. Guadalajara and Aguascalientes are a bit further out. So about as far away from Rio as is Barcelona. Cali and Santiago seem to be the only world class track facilities in South America, both within a 6 hour flight (not quite ideal either) of Rio. Cali’s hosted major UCI events recently and they’re making a 2024 bid, so they’d clearly be up for it. Santiago’s velodrome is pretty nice and two hours closer to the Games. But I haven’t seen anything mooted as to either effect. They should’ve just used the “old” (2007) Barra Velodrome, but as ever le mieux est l’ennemi du bien.


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