dreww said:Beautiful looking course, the amount of steps scare me, not just the amount of pain my quads would receive but the chance of tripping or catching a toe on that # of stairs !!
Surprised they allow that in World champs
In all that damp rainy weather they would look grey pretty quick if they were not new.jeremyb said:yeah i agree. does anyone have a guess as to what those stairs are normally used for? or were they built for the race? Thst first step is pretty tall on the left side. ouch jb
The stairs were built just for the race. I'm not sure if they finished yet either. They look pretty brutal don't they.jeremyb said:yeah i agree.
does anyone have a guess as to what those stairs are normally used for? or were they built for the race? Thst first step is pretty tall on the left side. ouch
the length of the stair section is brutal! some of those downhill (i am asuming the photos are taken pointing in the direction of travel) sections look pretty nice and technical too.cyclocrossed said:The stairs were built just for the race. I'm not sure if they finished yet either. They look pretty brutal don't they.
Looks like if it's wet, there could be a lot of heavy mud sections which could put Groenendaal in with a real shot at upsetting Nijs, not to mention he'll be riding on home soil. But I think he'll have to earn it as Nijs won't give it to him this time around.DuGast said:
In 2000 Nijs was new to the elite ranks, Groenendaal was the man, and De Clerq was the best sprinter. Nijs would have been foolish to try bring Groenendaal back.atpjunkie said:race is in Holland. Nijs (Nys) is sponsored by a Dutch Company. I wouldn't put it past him.
he seems to race his checkbook rather than country. maybe as long as a Rabobank rider wins they'll be happy. I still haven't forgiven him for 2000.
Yes, I meant Groenendaal was the man at Rabobank. De Clerq could win solo but he was a very good sprinter (I believe he even won a Tour de France stage sprint). That was the danger if Nijs helped De Clerq get back to Groenendaal. One or the other would have had to have dropped him if Rabobank was to take the win, and clearly Nijs couldn't as he tried to bridge on his own at least once and De Clerq came back to him.atpjunkie said:do you mean Groenendaal was the man as far as Rabobank's team structure?
Juniors - Slovak rider Gavenda has to be big favoritedreww said:Your thoughts ??
Yes Boom is still an U23. Hanka is definitely a WK rider but Van den Brand seems to pretty much have her number this year everytime they've met. That course looks tricky which I think will not favor Bessette's chances.dreww said:Agree on Daphne for womens, hope Bessette et al can give her a run though and Hanka always rides strong.
Is Lars Boom still Espoir ? thought 2004 was his last?