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Old 07-21-11, 05:06 PM
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Originally Posted by seypat View Post
It is an expensive sport especially at the competitive level for any race of human to get into. Funding is a major issue just like in golf. And in the USA "organized youth cycling" means riding around with your buddies and going somewhere. So unless you have a mentor that is into cycling how are you going to get into it? I'm talking about youths in general not just non whites.
^This.
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Old 07-21-11, 05:23 PM
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Originally Posted by tagaproject6 View Post
How does one act white?
Looking ridiculous while dancing.
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Old 07-21-11, 05:27 PM
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I think it's more an issue of economics and peer pressure.

1. Most blacks, especially in foreign countries, come from economically disadvantaged areas and cycling is very expensive...not to mention it takes ready access to roads urban kids don't have. Cycling is very big in the Carribean but terrain is rather limited. They don't have the funds to get to areas (Europe) where they can do the hard races often.

2. When I was young I played the sports my friends played - football, baseball and track. I knew one kid that did BMX but that seemed weird.
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Old 07-21-11, 06:09 PM
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Originally Posted by tagaproject6 View Post
How does one act white?
Dress in lycra plastered with foreign words and block traffic of course
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Old 07-21-11, 06:11 PM
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Dress in lycra plastered with foreign words and block traffic of course
? Getting lonely up there?
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Hey, doesn't the Euskaltel-Euskadi team only sign-up riders from the basque country. Does that count
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Old 07-21-11, 06:23 PM
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Don't forget the great Nelson Vails, either.

It amazes me that there aren't a huge amount of Asians in the sport, considering how many bikes are ridden per capita in those countries. Also, the fact that so many bikes are built there.
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Old 07-21-11, 06:41 PM
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Hmmm just answering to the Op ok? Pls dont take me wrong but i'm a minority also ok?

Well the french guy that is black doesnt look black to me if you ask me, he is born french and probably mixed, he looks like all black french people I have seen.

The Japanese guy is at radioschack, I think they did not include him in this year's roster for the TdF.

Not for being racist but this is something I have noticed ok? Blacks and Asians are pretty bad for road racing, is that simple. Just like asian women drive like cr@p, the same. In the track is different because are built for it, a lot of power and really really explosives but in the road caucasian whitey guǐlǎo or Gweilo is just better for the road.

All the south americans that are racing or have raced the TdF come from mid to low class families, thing that is common basically everywhere in europe but maybe the US. We say in my country "cycling is a riches sport that is performed by the poor". coming back to south americans, all of them have european roots, maybe the only mixed with black I have ever seen was wanderley magalhaes back in the day when lotto started (he was Brazilian and basically everybody in brazil is mixed with black). The only kind'a indian guy to race the TDF was back in the day when the colombians showed up in the TDF back in 85, small and tiny guys, those were mixed with colmbian indians and spanish, cant remember a name right now.

TO close, have to recognize, whitey does better road cycling than minorities. With some other races u basically dont have cyclists because they simply suck at it, and maybe to any other sport like HINDIs that suck in everything but maybe to play cricket, and that's a sport that pretty much hindi multimillionares are involved with.
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Old 07-21-11, 06:48 PM
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Pro cyclists are some of the dorkiest looking athletes in the world. White folks don't mind looking ridiculous, but most other ethnic groups have more pride.
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Old 07-21-11, 07:18 PM
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You think Michael Smith would be tweeting how hilarious Hoogerland's crash was if it was a black guy wrapped in the barbed wire?
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Old 07-21-11, 07:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Snydermann View Post
You think Michael Smith would be tweeting how hilarious Hoogerland's crash was if it was a black guy wrapped in the barbed wire?
No.
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Old 07-21-11, 07:34 PM
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Originally Posted by john gault View Post
Hey, doesn't the Euskaltel-Euskadi team only sign-up riders from the basque country. Does that count
Some purist Basques do consider themselves a separate race... they're wrong of course.
Pretty much anyone with a Basque name will qualify for E-E status, I think they've had a few South Americans. Also anyone who came up through the Basque "minor leagues" is also eligible. Is this racism?
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Old 07-21-11, 07:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Snydermann View Post
You think Michael Smith would be tweeting how hilarious Hoogerland's crash was if it was a black guy wrapped in the barbed wire?
Yes I do.
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Old 07-21-11, 10:13 PM
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well racist is a pretty strong word. No one is being discriminated against or excluded....
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Originally Posted by Joey Li View Post
Pretty funny when a good amount of long distance runners are black.
How many of those black long distance runners are from the Western world, or even West Africa?
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It's not racist but at the highest level, it is an elite sport in a lot of ways, meaning you've got to put a lot of personal resources into it to be among the best. Compare to many winter olympic sports in this manner.

There was an effort a few years ago into a tour in Africa (not South Africa) that featured quite a few African (black) riders. I can't remember the name of it but some cable network had coverage of it. A

I don't think they care what race someone is when picking Tour De France teams but I would think it be horrible if they did pick someone just to be a token rider for publicity stunt.
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Old 07-21-11, 11:11 PM
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Kill this thread. Kill it with fire.
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Next you are going to say Olympic curling and swimming are racist sports for being majority white. The list goes on of sports that are majority white. I'm pretty sure nowhere on the entry form does it ask race.

I guess track is the one non racist sport because it's majority black.

There was a craigslist ad here about a week ago that said "If you had XXX road bike stolen I saw a black kid riding it on YYY road". Guy said he knew it was stolen because he had never seen a black kid ride a bike.

I got a chuckle out of it because I'm an evil white guy.

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(Vails was my boyhood hero. I wanted to be Nelson Vails -- but no velodromes within 2,000 miles of where I lived. And our family couldn't have afforded a cyclist's training / equipment needs at any rate.)

But, let's come clean, folks. There is a multi-national white supremacist conspiracy against black cyclists everywhere. All the professional, amateur and collegiate teams are in on it. The bike manufacturers, with their separate black/white bike price lists, are in on it. It was a closely-held secret. This thread blew the lid off of it!!
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Old 07-22-11, 07:30 AM
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[I would say in another 50 years or so, the Tour will be dominated by black athletes[/QUOTE]

And what on earth makes you think so?
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Originally Posted by ultraman6970 View Post
Hmmm just answering to the Op ok? Pls dont take me wrong but i'm a minority also ok?
No, it does not make it ok nor does it make it valid. A minority group can be racist just as well, and guess what…it is not acceptable either.
Originally Posted by ultraman6970 View Post
Not for being racist but this is something I have noticed ok? Blacks and Asians are pretty bad for road racing, is that simple. Just like asian women drive like cr@p, the same. In the track is different because are built for it, a lot of power and really really explosives but in the road caucasian whitey guǐlǎo or Gweilo is just better for the road.
You just pulled this out of your ass, this is why your claim reeks of crap! Do you have studies to back this up…sweeping generalizations are major fail. And that Chinese term you used does not make it less racist. Not being racist claim…FAIL!
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All the south americans that are racing or have raced the TdF come from mid to low class families, thing that is common basically everywhere in europe but maybe the US. We say in my country "cycling is a riches sport that is performed by the poor". coming back to south americans, all of them have european roots, maybe the only mixed with black I have ever seen was wanderley magalhaes back in the day when lotto started (he was Brazilian and basically everybody in brazil is mixed with black). The only kind'a indian guy to race the TDF was back in the day when the colombians showed up in the TDF back in 85, small and tiny guys, those were mixed with colmbian indians and spanish, cant remember a name right now.

TO close, have to recognize, whitey does better road cycling than minorities. With some other races u basically dont have cyclists because they simply suck at it, and maybe to any other sport like HINDIs that suck in everything but maybe to play cricket, and that's a sport that pretty much hindi multimillionares are involved with.
Your whole post reeks of unfounded “facts” based on what, again? You are the worst kind of racist…the one who claim they are not...then write in such a way that proves them otherwise.
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Originally Posted by tagaproject6 View Post
A minority group can be racist just as well,
Jeez, ya think?
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Originally Posted by Thulsadoom View Post
Jeez, ya think?
Call me Capt obvious

This is BF...it is a requirement.

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hopefully this will get this train wreck of a thread locked. Who looks more baddass on a bike?

this guy



or this guy


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