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lankyandy

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is cycling becoming the new national sport
« on: July 08, 2014, 09:59:14 pm »

just got back from watching the tour in Yorkshire and have to say it was an amazing atmosphere and they reckon there was 5million people out to see it in the first few days! we actually bring back medals and yellow jerseys and world championships jerseys from events. its got to be getting there hasn't it?
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Re: is cycling becoming the new national sport
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2014, 09:38:38 am »

Oh boy were they lucky with the weather.  Anybody remember the Tour of Britain going over Honister pass in proper Lake District weather?  Like watching salmon swimming upstream.  Still, it was a superb showcase for both the show and Yorkshire.
While we have champions in the sport and the attention of the media, there will be interest, but I feel that it will be for many a passing fad.  A bit like Xbox only outdoors and requiring physical effort.  Just wait until they find out that you have to maintain bikes to keep them working.  And looking around, it is amazing how many riders have yet to figure out the mysteries of gears, and how to put their feet on the pedals. 
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Re: is cycling becoming the new national sport
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2014, 11:03:26 am »

is that a national sport of riding out in front of drivers of large vehicles , against the flow of traffic , or cycling on footpaths ?  its about time cyclists were made to have an MOT as well as VED and insurance .
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Re: is cycling becoming the new national sport
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2014, 11:15:13 am »

 >>:-(...what?....watching men ponce around in PINK or YELLOW leotards? ......Derek
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Re: is cycling becoming the new national sport
« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2014, 11:32:25 am »

Yeah and wearing then is even better ok2! I didn't mean for thid to he s cyclist motorist debate.differing opinion on some drivers and some cyclists. I purely thought that the support shown for the tour was amazing
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Re: is cycling becoming the new national sport
« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2014, 02:02:35 pm »

MAMIL!!!
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Re: is cycling becoming the new national sport
« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2014, 07:04:11 pm »

A great weekend for cycling and Yorkshire I rode Saturdays course 50 years ago and it still looks just as good today.... Bill.....
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Re: is cycling becoming the new national sport
« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2014, 07:46:55 pm »

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Re: is cycling becoming the new national sport
« Reply #8 on: July 09, 2014, 08:25:57 pm »

Just watch out for cambers with the trike.I think that was one of the best things the shots from the helicopters can do nothing but attract people to Yorkshire
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Re: is cycling becoming the new national sport
« Reply #9 on: July 09, 2014, 09:02:31 pm »

is that a national sport of riding out in front of drivers of large vehicles , against the flow of traffic , or cycling on footpaths ?  its about time cyclists were made to have an MOT as well as VED and insurance .

Pleeeeease......
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Re: is cycling becoming the new national sport
« Reply #10 on: July 09, 2014, 10:08:15 pm »

Down here in darkest Surrey the Wiggins wannabees are a real nuisance. Ever since the Tour of Britain route went through the area the local lanes are infested like fleas every day of the week and particularly at weekends with cyclists all clad in garish lycra with grim exhausted expressions and invariably wearing the darkest shades even in the most overcast weather. Given that the lanes at this time of year are like dark green tunnels I wonder how they see where they are going.

I accept they have every right to use the roads but they are a real hazard to themselves and other drivers and seem to delight in using the local 'rat runs' which are busy and where they really do hold up the local traffic to the annoyance of locals. The worst ones are those wearing  all black outfits who trundle around at dusk with no lights and are virtually invisible until you are almost on them.

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Re: is cycling becoming the new national sport
« Reply #11 on: July 09, 2014, 10:24:12 pm »

Right but theater wad good for Yorkshire  :-)
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Re: is cycling becoming the new national sport
« Reply #12 on: July 09, 2014, 11:31:21 pm »

RE :Down here in darkest Surrey the Wiggins wannabees are a real nuisance.
Its just a passing phase and once the weather changes most of them will disappear.   I saw chris froome on the news who had given up injured after several spills in the wet.  The lycra leggings were all ripped to bits revealing some rather red angry bruises.
Maybe after seeing that some of the wanabees may have a safety epiphany.
RE: those wearing  all black outfits who trundle around at dusk with no lights, thats just stupidity should at least have a hi- viz tabbard on.
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Re: is cycling becoming the new national sport
« Reply #13 on: July 10, 2014, 12:51:01 am »

I can't work out whether the Tour de France being in England means we think we have scored a big victory over France by 'stealing' their race, or France thinks they have scored a big victory by invading us  {:-{  .


Maybe both I suppose - delusions all round  :embarrassed:

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Re: is cycling becoming the new national sport
« Reply #14 on: July 10, 2014, 09:07:45 am »

Maybe it was last week, but it had fierce competition from tennis and football. This week the national sport is still football until Sunday, when the WC ends and it will be cricket - until it's athletics a week or so later. Then it's not long until August when it will be full-on football for another nine months.
God save us from national sports. They are as tedious as "national treasures".   ;D
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Re: is cycling becoming the new national sport
« Reply #15 on: July 10, 2014, 09:57:41 am »

Maybe it was last week, but it had fierce competition from tennis and football. This week the national sport is still football until Sunday, when the WC ends and it will be cricket - until it's athletics a week or so later. Then it's not long until August when it will be full-on football for another nine months.
God save us from national sports. They are as tedious as "national treasures".   ;D
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Well done Dave.  You got two of the three and just missed out on getting politics into the paragraph.


For most of the be-lycra'd loonies its just another passing fad.  If you go e-shopping for bike bits and look at the "reviews" you soon realize that many just have an excess of energy to burn and a need for fresh air and no understanding that bikes are held together with nuts and bolts that do need attention.  Its unfortunate that the fresh air is between their ears.  It would be better for all concerned if they (the pretend athletes) would just stick to going to an enclosed space where road sense is not needed and running in circles.  That would leave room for those who really want to enjoy passing through and enjoying the countryside on two wheels under their own power.
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Re: is cycling becoming the new national sport
« Reply #16 on: July 10, 2014, 01:53:12 pm »

RE: Well done Dave.  You got two of the three....point of order sir you missed out the commonwealth games or is it a case of if its not happening in Engerland it does`nt get a mention.
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« Reply #17 on: July 10, 2014, 03:18:38 pm »

RE: Well done Dave.  You got two of the three....point of order sir you missed out the commonwealth games or is it a case of if its not happening in Engerland it does`nt get a mention.
 Frank
What are you on, Frank? "Until it's athletics a week or so later" was intended to pinpoint the upcoming running-jumping-and standing-still show pretty accurately. Does it have to be spelled out for you? As I have precisely no interest in the games whatsoever then I couldn't give a tinker's cuss about where they're being held, except I happen to know it's in Scot-ter-land. So what?
Enough said. I missed out politics before and I shall omit them this time, too.
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Re: is cycling becoming the new national sport
« Reply #18 on: July 10, 2014, 04:59:30 pm »

RE:What are you on, Frank? ...Gas &Air    {-)
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Re: is cycling becoming the new national sport
« Reply #19 on: July 10, 2014, 05:17:18 pm »

Scot-ter-land.
I believe the correct pronunciation is 'Skortt Lundd'.
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Re: is cycling becoming the new national sport
« Reply #20 on: July 10, 2014, 05:35:58 pm »

Right Mike :-))
That's the Jockanese pronunciation. :D

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« Reply #21 on: July 10, 2014, 05:41:32 pm »

And on the subject of sport I understand that the Scottish name for a Commonwealth Games Uniform is 'nice Jim Jams Jock'
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« Reply #22 on: July 10, 2014, 06:49:24 pm »

I believe the correct pronunciation is 'Skortt Lundd'.
Only, in my experience, by its inhabitants, its expats and their imitators. In much the same way Engerland is more usually spelled England and pronounced Ing-gland (or Ing-glund if you're from north of Watford), but one wouldn't presume upon a foreigner to know that. Watching football on TV is seldom the best way of learning a new language. Imaginative use of apostrophes there too, Frank.  ok2
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Re: is cycling becoming the new national sport
« Reply #23 on: July 10, 2014, 07:13:42 pm »

Used to live in Watford.
Front door was in the South
Back door in the North
with access to lavvy :D

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« Reply #24 on: July 10, 2014, 09:02:38 pm »

Back door in the north .Then its a Netty
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