Don't be Jel. I'm quite happy where it is.
Don't be Jel. I'm quite happy where it is.
Right then. Lets have a look at this olympic ****.
They've built a track for it, which is rubbish and not utilised the numerous decent tracks in the country. They're putting a lid of shopping hours to try and make people stay in and watch them. They've drafted in the Army, both TA and Regs to do security for it at great expense (except the TA who are paid peanuts so it's cheaper than having the police do stupid amounts of over time).
Sounds like an absolute waste of money to me.
It will make some people go out and buy "All the gear and no idea" and lead to arguments, accidents and stupidity on the trails which will annoy those who are out every week. It will bring an upsurge of bike buying and associated kit which is good for the market, but then prices will hike up (which they've started doing already).
Personally it will just end up making the trails more cluttered with idiots who don't have a bloody clue and ignore/do not respect the rules at trail centres, secret trails and end up trashing those trails that have been built through blood sweat and tears.
I can see Dalby, Hamsterley, Guisborough, New Forest etc now, 2 weeks after the olympics has finished populated by wannabes showing off their 2 grand bikes which are bent and broken or a mass of cheap crappy bikes filling up peoples sheds or drives never to be used come November.
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Having done 3 years Army, 9 In the TA, I can confirm they get paid the same, pro-rata. Which is **** full stop.
The dibble, especially specialist officers such as firearms, dogs, etc have been drafted in from other forces, leaving the rest of the countries dibble stretched and in a poor position to respond to a major incident on their own turf. I escaped it because my wife has MS so I can't be away from home.
It's London, London, London, and the rest of the country can look after themselves. Well, a big plane crash in Scotland, another Raoul Moat somewhere, or a Mumbai style attack in Leicester during this period will leave the Government with egg on face when they realise that all the officers with the required skills are down in the smoke. Even during good times must farces have to call on their neighbours under Mutual Aid agreements when something big happens, and during the Olympics there'll be no one to pick up the phone.
Last edited by Fartblood; 08-May-2012 at 08:12 AM.
Sure I'm excited about it. I've spent 18 months of my life working on the infrastructure, and really looking forward to it reaching fruition.
MTB will pick up publicity along with all the other sports, which can only be good for the sport. Regardless of whether Hadleigh is the best riding site in the country, it will also provide a new site for public riding in the future so increasing overall accessibility to ride sites for UK public - not all of whom are lucky enough to be able to get to Peaks, Dalby, Fort Bill etc.
And if you knew Stratford and some of the other venues a few years ago, you wouldn't believe the changes that have occurred.
im thinking mtnbiking is probably more popular than its ever been so more eyes than ever will be on it at this years olympics. how much effort the organisers have put into the sport may not be the do all and end all of it but more weather a brit goes far.
remember the british curling team who won gold? nobody really gave a monkey's about curling but cos a british team were going the distance we were all gripped.
so come the brits lets kick some foreign arse!!
I'll be watching the BMX, but not the MTB because it's not being contested on a MTB track or trail, the competitors will not be using MTB's 29ers are technically hybrids. It's not true to the sport in any way, shape or form.
and it just crossed my mind... when I was racing BMX back in the 80's... the big boys (read mainly Dads) who used big wheels were classified as cruisers and were not allowed - quite rightly - to compete with the true 20" BMX... so why is this the case with MTB?
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Exactly my thoughts when I wrote it Dis.
Re: 29ers, they're definitely mountain bikes. Yes, they've got bigger wheels, but the bikes evolve with the sport and vice versa. Unless you ride a fully rigid hardtail (and fair play if you do), your bike is unlikely to look much like the original 'mountain bikes' of the early 80s. I wouldn't want to accuse Jaroslav Kulhavy of not riding a proper mountain bike!