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Mark Cavendish SPOTY award proves that cycling is now officially mainstream in Great Britain



 
 
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Old January 1st 12, 04:21 AM posted to uk.rec.cycling
Simon Mason
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Default Mark Cavendish SPOTY award proves that cycling is now officially mainstream in Great Britain

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That can only mean one thing, cycling is now officially mainstream, a
constant and growing presence in the psyche of the British sporting public.
Cycling has been on a steady upward climb since about 2004 in my estimation.
The Athens Olympics gave us taste of what the sport might become and the
glories of Beijing only built on that but the last 12 months have been of a
different magnitude altogether. What was it the economists told us last
month? Cycling is now worth 3.7b to the British economy, which is a pretty
sure-fire reflection of its increased popularity in these tough times. I
remember also pitching up for the Olympic Test event early one morning back
in August, thinking there might be a few hundred curious spectators lining
the route once they had polished off breakfast, only to be greeted by a
crowd in the region of 200,000 around Surrey's leafy lanes. There wasn't in
all honesty an awful lot of action to enjoy that day until Cavendish went to
work on the Mall - it should be a much more spectator friendly race in the
summer with big screens dotted around the course to enhance the experience -
but the British public are clearly beginning to "get " road cycling. The
event, the occasion, the tactics, the lore, the waiting, chatting and
cheering.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/oly...t-Britain.html

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Old January 1st 12, 01:09 PM posted to uk.rec.cycling
Judith[_4_]
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Default Mark Cavendish SPOTY award proves that cycling is now officially mainstream in Great Britain

On Sun, 1 Jan 2012 03:21:17 -0000, "Simon Mason"
wrote:

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That can only mean one thing, cycling is now officially mainstream




******** - it means that many people rigged the voting.

Thanks for reminding me - I haven't sent the letter off yet.

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Simple Simon Mason - who cycles at 25mph in 20mph limits just because the limits do not apply to cyclists.
This includes exceeding the speed limit past three schools. A total disregard for the well-being of vulnerable road users.
The actions of a true psycholist.

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Old January 2nd 12, 02:04 AM posted to uk.rec.cycling
Simon Mason[_4_]
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Default Mark Cavendish SPOTY award proves that cycling is now officiallymainstream in Great Britain

On Jan 1, 3:21*am, "Simon Mason" wrote:
QUOTE:

That can only mean one thing, cycling is now officially mainstream, a
constant and growing presence in the psyche of the British sporting public.
Cycling has been on a steady upward climb since about 2004 in my estimation.
The Athens Olympics gave us taste of what the sport might become and the
glories of Beijing only built on that but the last 12 months have been of a
different magnitude altogether. What was it the economists told us last
month? Cycling is now worth 3.7b to the British economy, which is a pretty
sure-fire reflection of its increased popularity in these tough times. I
remember also pitching up for the Olympic Test event early one morning back
in August, thinking there might be a few hundred curious spectators lining
the route once they had polished off breakfast, only to be greeted by a
crowd in the region of 200,000 around Surrey's leafy lanes. There wasn't in
all honesty an awful lot of action to enjoy that day until Cavendish went to
work on the Mall - it should be a much more spectator friendly race in the
summer with big screens dotted around the course to enhance the experience -
but the British public are clearly beginning to "get " road cycling. The
event, the occasion, the tactics, the lore, the waiting, chatting and
cheering.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/oly...27/Mark-Cavend...

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I reckon that if he wins the Olympic road race title in August he will
receive a knighthood like Chris Hoy did in '08.

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