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otter1833 10-15-13 10:04 PM

Boring Tour of Beijing
 
The Tour of Beijing...SNORE-FEST!!! Am I the only one who noticed:

Phil Ligget was the only commentator.
There were practically NO SPECTATORS at all.
Each time I did see spectators, there were uniformed military/police standing at attention close by.
With only one commentator and few spectators, the race was virtually SILENT!

I'm wondering what was the point of having a race there!

Caretaker 10-16-13 04:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by otter1833 (Post 16164345)
The Tour of Beijing...SNORE-FEST!!! Am I the only one who noticed:

Phil Ligget was the only commentator.
There were practically NO SPECTATORS at all.
Each time I did see spectators, there were uniformed military/police standing at attention close by.
With only one commentator and few spectators, the race was virtually SILENT!

I'm wondering what was the point of having a race there!


China is an emerging/growing market, haven't you heard?

Ken Brown 10-16-13 06:25 AM

I decided not to watch it and just looked at the results. Most of the stages seemed to be boring. Perhaps I wasn't doing it justice, but I was ready for a winter break from the sport.

MinnMan 10-16-13 05:49 PM

After so many exciting races lately and with the year winding down, there just isn't that much drama left, I guess.

cafzali 10-16-13 06:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by otter1833 (Post 16164345)
The Tour of Beijing...SNORE-FEST!!! Am I the only one who noticed:

Phil Ligget was the only commentator.
There were practically NO SPECTATORS at all.
Each time I did see spectators, there were uniformed military/police standing at attention close by.
With only one commentator and few spectators, the race was virtually SILENT!

I'm wondering what was the point of having a race there!

Expansion into China was Pat McQuaid's idea as a way to building interest in the World Tour in emerging markets. It'll be interesting to see whether this race stays with the UCI regime change. Add to that, I wonder if the whole World Tour concept may go in the coming years. The financial commitment is getting tougher and Pro Continental teams aren't jumping to step up and fill the void left by Euskaltel Euskadi and others.

cyclezen 10-17-13 07:51 PM

Of course the riders (some) make the efforts.
But the course was trivial, even the 'Queen' Mtn stage.
Liggett was awful. Did no homework, barely could keep me from falling asleep, i was sure he caught a few winks...
I did like his insistence to go on with his explanation how 'the bike change' was happening for a rider, no transponder on new bike, bike preset to the rider's position, yadda, yadda, yadda - except while he's tawkin about this, the rider is having a wheel change... rider gets pushed and falls inline behind teams cars - Liggett still on how this was a bike change... I mean, what planet ??? then he goes back to sleep...
music was boring, starts were boring, processions with boring sprint finish, Tour de Boredom

colombo357 10-18-13 01:48 AM

Bicycling is a new thing in China. They've figured out how to make them, now they just need to learn how to ride them.

patrickgm60 10-18-13 12:39 PM

I hadn't heard of the TOB, but, as already posted, the idea is to ignite road cycling/racing interest in China. (Meanwhile the Lakers and Warriors played 2 NBA exhibition games in China this week.)

Unfortunately, Beijing is a flat, traffic-choked city with some of the worst air pollution in the world, but it is the capital...

I lived in Taiwan ("Free China") many years ago. The only folks riding bikes then (besides a few of us foreigners) were old vendors. Today, Taiwan has a thriving cycling atmosphere, with local clubs, teams, races, and tours. I visited there summer 2012 and was amazed at the difference. In fact, I'm returning next year for a short tour and a locally-famous mountain route.

Whether the same can occur in China remains to be seen.

peter_d 10-21-13 09:25 AM

I'd guess that at least part of the reason is that the big players in the bike building world see China as a huge potential market for their products and want the exposure.

totalnewbie 10-23-13 04:20 AM

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Originally Posted by otter1833 (Post 16164345)
Each time I did see spectators, there were uniformed military/police standing at attention close by.

I think I saw in the 2nd-to-last stage that a spectator attempted to run alongside the leading group and not even 50m the guy was signaled by the police to pull over. The Chinese government does not want these un-orchestrated show of emotion. stability rules.


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