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    Men's Elite Worlds

    Kabush is in 3rd into the single track on the start lap.
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    Kabush is knocking the knobs off of Absalon's back tire he's so close. Running a 1x9 in this race.
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    Surprised the Swiss aren't playing games with Absalon yet.

    Still early, but I'd make Absalon work.

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    Typical terrible start by Adam Craig.

    I'm a huge fan, and he's a super cool dude, but he needs to learn how to warm up properly, because he digs himself a HUGE hole at every World Cup.

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    That is a tough start there. The road isn't quite steep enough to force a selection based on fitness. It comes down to has the pack skills to move up.

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    Was that Geoff I saw in the pit? If so it wasn't a long stop.

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    I thought that showboating, doping jackass Meirhaeghe retired?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Duke
    I thought that showboating, doping jackass Meirhaeghe retired?
    No, back racing for at least a couple of years now. Some road, some XC. You are correct though, that when he first got popped he said he was "retiring". Probably just a way to cop a bit more favourable public opinion.

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    I was led to believe that the Belgian World Cup was his last race, obviously not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Circlip
    No, back racing for at least a couple of years now. Some road, some XC. You are correct though, that when he first got popped he said he was "retiring". Probably just a way to cop a bit more favourable public opinion.
    No, I'm talking about his showboating at his "last race" at Houffalize this year. Dude was pulling wheelies for the crowd on a climb when other people behind him were putting in an honest effort to finish the race. He said he was retiring after that race. Or at least that's what I read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dougal.s
    I was led to believe that the Belgian World Cup was his last race, obviously not.
    LOL. I must have missed his latest "retirement".

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    Why do they keep questioning Sven Nys' ability to ride a 2hr race?

    They know he races for a Pro Continental road team, and grew up racing in BELGIUM, right?

    Edit: And that he was top 10 at Beijing...
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    Now that was a bike race!!!

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    Great race indeed!!

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    At least Geoff made it in the top 5

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    Way tho go Nino!! amazing race, it was just exciting to see someone take it to Absalon for once

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    Only one FS in top 10 - Sauser (which I though he was better... he should retire...)

    and no 29ers in the top 7....

    so much for the claim that "HT 26ers are dead"... lol (even though I ride a FS 26er )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Duke
    Why do they keep questioning Sven Nys' ability to ride a 2hr race?

    They know he races for a Pro Continental road team, and grew up racing in BELGIUM, right?

    Edit: And that he was top 10 at Beijing...

    Because as you saw in the race. For the first 1hr he was with the best after that he started to fall back.

    It will take him another couple of years of MTB racing to be able to hold his pace. The endurance demands of XC racing are unique.

    Really what people have done on the road means nothing on the dirt, particularly at the elite level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MI_canuck
    Only one FS in top 10 - Sauser (which I though he was better... he should retire...)

    and no 29ers in the top 7....

    so much for the claim that "HT 26ers are dead"... lol (even though I ride a FS 26er )
    I must admit watching those guys fly down those descents it is pretty hard to argue that the 26inch hardtails are holding them back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MI_canuck
    Only one FS in top 10 - Sauser (which I though he was better... he should retire...)

    and no 29ers in the top 7....

    so much for the claim that "HT 26ers are dead"... lol (even though I ride a FS 26er )

    i've been on 29" wheels for several years now, but i've gotta admit, todd looked alot more hesitant over those boulders than nearly all the other riders in the top 20 they showed footage of. could be he's not a strong tech rider, could be fatigue, or could have just been bad camera timing.

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    I thought that showboating, doping jackass Meirhaeghe retired?


    Meirhaeghe is anything but that. As far as I'm concerned, he's one of the friendliest racers I've ever met. Having read his book has only strengthened my idea of him. He's not a doping jackass, he's a pretty emotional guy who wanted to be the best, nothing more. Sometimes people make mistakes, and at least he was brave enough to admit it.

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    sorry

    Quote Originally Posted by Orkje


    Meirhaeghe is anything but that. As far as I'm concerned, he's one of the friendliest racers I've ever met. Having read his book has only strengthened my idea of him. He's not a doping jackass, he's a pretty emotional guy who wanted to be the best, nothing more. Sometimes people make mistakes, and at least he was brave enough to admit it.
    Anyone who saw 'Off Road to Athens' and was even slightly sympathetic to the US racers is going to have a very poor opinion of Meirhaeghe.

    His most famous quote' I can't believe they cut the course. They were actually ...CHEATING!'

    2nd most famous quote 'The american racers just don't know what it takes'

    paraphrased slightly

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    Well, I suppose I'm biased, being Belgian, but I won't take back a single word. Calling any racer at that level a "showboating, doping jackass" shows an enormous lack of respect.
    Case closed, as far as I'm concerned.

    BTW, the wheelies Meirhaeghe was pulling during his (apparently not) last race were a homage to the supporters (and not just his supporters) lining the course.

    I haven't seen 'Off Road to Athens', so I can't comment on that.

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    Amazing race!

    Great to have a race come down to such a tight finish, with Nino's last lap surges spectacular.. I would've liked to see Kabush on the podium but he rode a great race nonetheless.

    Besides being a good place to ride, Stromlo is really great for video coverage. So open, so you can see the battles develop.

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