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Is This Really What We Want? | The GCN Show Ep. 249

Is This Really What We Want? | The GCN Show Ep. 249

– From the lonely top of the Pyrenees, welcome to the GCN Show. – Hello, and welcome to the GCN Show. This week, we’ve got a
decidedly international flavour because I’m in Taiwan. – I’m in Zambia, for World Bicycle Relief. – And I’m here in Hong Kong
Airport, en route to Taipei. (tannoy announcing in foreign language) – And we’re, well, we’re
still in the studio. – Maybe they’ll let us out one day. – Maybe. – This week, we’ll be
looking at the weird and wonderful tech from Ironman,
and asking ourselves, “Are we actually jealous?” Because we’ve also got
legal tech with John back in the studio with new Zipp 858s and also news from See.Sense lights. We’ll be hearing from Dan out in Africa. But you don’t have to worry,
because despite being spread far and wide, it is very
much business as usual. Like, featuring Lionel here. – This week in the world
of cycling, we learnt that if you want to find
the world’s best cyclist right now, then you need to
look to Cyclocross, ’cause Mathieu van der Poel, already
a former World Champion, and bear in mind, he’s
still in his early 20’s, has been absolutely crushing
this sport this season, and most recently, at the
Spectacular event at Zonhoven. – This is one of the original
Buffalo Bikes, which we found here at the World
Bicycle Relief headquarters here in Zambia. Some incredible
modifications to this bike, which is quite old now. Now these bits meanwhile,
these make transportation of people a bit easier,
but they’re mainly there to transport coal: so you
can get 50 kg’s of coal here at the back, and another
20 kg’s there at the front. And the owner of this bike
would cycle up to 40km’s in one direction, in the rainy season, to transport the coal to places and towns where they had run out of
electricity or had power cuts. Definite hack. – It’s not just the bike,
but it’s also the rider. It’s got to be pretty
impressive, I would have thought, to carry 70kg’s of coal. I’m certainly looking
forward to seeing Dan try. Oh yeah. (chuckles) Right, now last week’s show,
we talked about some of cycling’s peculiar and
sometimes self-inflicted rules. And this week, we were
reminded about just what cycling would look like
if it had no rules at all. Ironman. Global Triathlon Network have been out at the World Championships in Kona. In fact, Heather was racing,
congratulations to her, she put in an absolutely
stellar performance. And they have of course also been making some great videos as well,
particularly on tech. Because you see, when you
remove the restrictions that govern bike racing, you have a
licence, therefore, to create more aerodynamic, and
therefore faster bikes. You remove such
inconveniences as frame tubes. In fact, actually,
commenter Conor Verbruggen put it best when he said “GCN
Bike Tech: holy crap, we hear “a rumour that a bike next year
will have a hidden seatclamp” “GTN Bike Tech: this bike has
no down tube or seat-stays, “this one is designed by a two-year-old “and comes with a free ostrich.” Now, I would not go quite
that far, but this one cost $35k and comes with a
free wind tunnel test. Now this one from Diamondback
was also pretty interesting I thought, because by sticking
drop handlebars on there, it’s made me, certainly, look at
it very differently indeed. They’re aero indentations, by the way, on the downtube, since you were wondering. Now look at it again. On the face of it, the
Tour de France would look very different if riders
were using bikes like that. But would it actually be any different? We want to know your
thoughts, so make sure you let us know by voting just up there. Would you like to see a big
step forward in bike design by relaxing the rules, or are you happy keeping things as they are? Personally, I’m veering
more towards no, actually: I’m quite happy as they are. But having said that, if we did get new bike designs going
on, I actually don’t think the racing itself would change. But make sure you let us
know, and get involved in the comments section
down below, as well. – It’s now time for Cycling Shorts. – We’ll start Cycling Shorts
with a story from Indianapolis. And no, it’s not the Zipp
858, not yet, anyway. Because it came to our attention
last week that there is something of a local celebrity out there, by the name of Lionel Hills. He has been juggling whilst
riding a bike backwards for the entertainment
of stationary traffic in this parking lot for years now. In fact, he even has his
own fan page on Facebook, called “Guy on Thompson
and Emerson Who Rides “Bike Backwards, and Juggles!” What an absolute hero! He seems like such a nice
bloke, and to be fair, if there were more people
like him in this world, it would be a better place. Which brings me neatly on,
actually, to the Bicycle Index, which I heard about this week, and I love. It’s a way of gauging
social change in a country. So, according to Dominic
Faulder, who’s writing in the Asian Review, the ratio
of people that have to ride bikes versus people
that choose to ride bikes can tell you a huge amount about a country and its development: and
the more I think about it, the more I think that it is just genius. Now, over to the racing world: many riders are now in their off-season. As we can see here in fact,
Andre Greipel, I’ll put his Instagram post up, he’s been
doing some work experience at team sponsor Soudal’s factory, possibly sporting next
year’s eyewear as well. He looks pretty dapper there, doesn’t he? And Alex Dowsett, former world
air record holder, has also been busy: he’s just picked
up an honorary doctorate. That’s right, Dr. Dowsett has
actually hinted that he will be trying to retake the hour
record at some point soon. And he, remember, swaps teams this winter. He goes from Movistar to
Katusha, which means he’ll stay with Canyon, but he’ll go from
Campagnolo to SRAM and Zipp. So it will be interesting
to see whether that has a bearing on his record as well. Before we leave Cycling Shorts now, we’re actually going to head back to Kona. But don’t worry, this is
cycling related, because former pro roadie Cameron Wurf has just smashed the long standing record for the bike leg. So he’s knocked it down to 4
hours, 12 minutes, 54 seconds for the 180.25 kilometres, which works out as an average speed of
42.764 kilometres an hour, which is pretty good
going really, isn’t it? He finished 13th overall, which again, is remarkably good going,
’cause bear in mind, as well as being a pro roadie, he actually started out his endurance
sport career as a rower, having represented Australia
at the 2004 Olympics. That’s pretty good going, isn’t it? – More aero tech from Kona
now to start Tech of the Week, and these come from Zipp,
they’re their brand new 858 NSWs. Now Zipp claimed that they’ve
not only made it faster than their previous deep section
wheel, the 808, but they’ve also modeled it to become a
bit more predictable in windy conditions, such as the
ones we find out in Hawaii. In fact, they’re not actually
allowed to use disc wheels at the Ironman World Championships
because of the high winds. And that makes these 858’s a
fairly attractive proposition for triathletes. But I can imagine the likes
of Canyon, SRAM, and Katusha will certainly be a bit bolder
with their wheel choices in the time trials in the
flatter stages next year. – Tech of the Week this
week comes from See.Sense. They’ve got a new Kickstarter project for their Ace system light. It’s actually a smart
light, very very cool. And at the time of
filming, they’ve actually smashed their Kickstarter funding. We’ve been lucky enough to get this, one of the very first prototype units. Now, one of the inside bits
of tech of these lights, which is hidden away from you but
really important, is actually the COB style LEDs,
which are mounted inside. So, essentially they use the
same amount of power as a regular LED: however, due
to the arrangement of them, appear much brighter. So smart phone connectivity
by ANT+ or Bluetooth is where the See.Sense ACE
really does come into its own. You are able to programme
different flash modes, battery saving settings,
which also it does intelligently on its own. If you want to learn more about the ACE, just click on the link
in the description below, and it’ll take you through
to their Kickstarter page. – Off season for some,
but definitely not all. There is plenty going on at the moment. Nathan Elliot took an historic
back-to-back victory at the Warrnambool Classic at the weekend. That used to be the
longest single-day event on the calendar, over 300 kilometres. But it’s now shrunk to a
slightly more reasonable 277 kilometres. The final round of the Red Hook
Crit series also took place at the weekend in Milan, and
in the men’s event, it was Ivan Cortina of Bahrain Merida
who stole the show, becoming the first current World Tour
pro to take victory in a round of the school of hard knocks
that is fixed gear racing. And in the women’s event, it was Maria Sperotto who took victory. And incidentally, there was no sign at all of Jeremy this year. (man exclaiming)
(bike crashing) (onlookers clamouring) The final World Tour race
of the season took place in Turkey last week, with Irish sprinter Sam Bennett of Bora-Hansgrohe
on scintillating form. He took home an impressive
tally of stage wins, but actually it was Diego
Ulissi of UAE Emirates who took the overall victory. In the Cyclocross world, as
we mentioned at the top of the show, Mathieu van der Poel
continues his scintillating run of form with victory
at the Poldercross and then the classic Zonhoven race
just the very next day. It’s a race that makes me
wonder just what the Cyclocross world would be like if it
was actually a summer sport, because thousands of fans turn out. And here you are, look,
you can see them enjoying the sun, the sand, and the beer. It’s gotta be an idea, hasn’t it? The women’s race was won very
capably by Maud Kaptheijns from Sanne Cant and Nikki Brammeier. And actually, Katie Compton
had won the previous day at Poldercross, and she took a
very very sweet prize home with her as well, as she
Instagrammed, in fact. You can see, look, there it
is, a Michelin starred dessert. Genius. – But before we leave
racing news this week, there’s one more thing we need
to talk about, and that is– – Wattage Bazooka!
– Wattage Bazooka. (parade music) – For this week’s Wattage
Bazooka goes to Rachael Elliot, who averaged a whopping 5.46
watts per kilogramme to take a time trial victory, and that
was for almost 28 minutes. – Some serious wattage right
there, and thoroughly deserving of this Wattage Bazooka award. And don’t forget, if you
have a nomination for Wattage Bazooka, you can get in
touch via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, all the social media, using the hashtag “#WATTAGEBAZOOKA.” (drill buzzing) It’s time now for
hack-forward-slash-bodge of the week. I think I got it right this time. Right, we start this week’s
hack or bodge from Zambia, and it was sent in there by the team who are out there for
World Bicycle Relief. This is a rim cleaner on one
of the Buffalo Bikes out there. – [Jon] It’s like a brush
stroke cleaner, isn’t it? I really do like that. – [John] Yep, apparently
70% of the people out there said it was a hack, so there
you go, certified hack. – [Jon] The people have spoken. Joshua muz-ka? Muzyka? I don’t know. Anyway, he wanted to submit a
hack or the bodge this week. Getting ready to roll out
on a Sunday group ride, he was adjusting his saddle,
when suddenly the seat post clamp broke, so he used
a Garmin K-edge mount from his handlebars
instead of the seat clamp. That’s a bit of rim
tape as well, isn’t it? – [John] Yeah, he’s done
a bit of bolstering there. I mean, it’s bodge-worthy
in its design, but I suppose in a bind, it’s kind of a hack I guess, if you’ve got nothing else. – [Jon] Look at this, he used it for three group rides before
even replacing it. – [John] Yeah, so fairly robust. I’m gonna give a hack. – [Jon] Whoa. – [John] So yeah, going from sublime to ridiculous here. – [Jon] Sean Ganann, a curb hopper, a crotch cricket, you tell me. (John Laughing)
[Jon] What’s it made of? It looks to me like a bit
of an old gas canister or a boiler or something. – [John] Yeah, I feel like this head could be an old barbeque,
perhaps, like one of those (laughing) I don’t know
what to make of it. – [Jon] He’s got a gauge
on the front as well. – Yeah.
– What’s the gauge for? – Yeah, yeah. Speed? Power?
– We don’t know. – Sean, tell us what the gauge is for. – And add a saddle there. I’m gonna call it a hack, though. – Yeah, it is kinda of a
hack, isn’t it, really? Because you’re trying
to become a creature. (John laughing) – Very clever.
– Nice one. Nick Gibson, oh. – [John] That is probably the saddest bear that I’ve ever seen. – Yeah.
– Ever. – [Jon] And he says, that
can’t be good for him nor the bear.
– No. Um, yeah, whoever that is
just stop it, stop it now. – [Jon] Yeah, cruelty to animals actually. – [John] Absolute bodge. Right, moving on, this is much
nicer actually, this came in from Jestem Konrad: and
he has hacked, basically, some reflective tape onto his helmet, just to make himself more visible. I think that’s really cool actually. – [Jon] Yeah, it’s a
nice little hack there. – [John] Yeah. – [Jon] I think in the wintertime there’s nothing better than being seen. – [John] Absolutely:
John Connor on Instagram. – Love that.
– It’s really nice. Here in the UK we don’t have, like, mailboxes or anything like that. But if I did, it would
look something like that. He’s repurposed an old frame
and a bit of a wheel as well to make a nice mailbox holder. – [Jon] Imagine we did
that on our front doors? – Yeah.
– John Connor, hack. Right. – [Jon] That was well synchronised. – [John] Yeah, it was well synchronised. – [Jon] Patrick Grant, his shifter snapped off his handlebars 20 miles
into a 100-mile sportive, so he fixed it back on with cable ties. – [John] (laughs) I think
he’s been taking tips from Doddy from GMBN here. – [Jon] Yeah, cable tie king. – [John] I think it’s kind
of like the seat clamp one, it’s like in a bind, if you’ve
got nothing else, cable tie. – [Jon] Yeah, yeah. My only worry there would
be getting out of the saddle on those, on the hooks,
can you imagine that? – [John] Yeah. You’ve got
to take it easy on those. But you know, it got him
round, well he still seems to be here, so I’m gonna give it a hack. – [Jon] Yeah, nice one, Patrick. – All right, if you’ve got any
more hacks or bodges for us you know what to do:
let us know via Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #GCNHACK. The winner of the Titici
Flexy Gravel bike frame is… (hollow drumming) – Gavin Lomas.
(canned audience cheering) You’ll be hearing from us
very shortly, congratulations. – Well, we rarely leave you
hanging without a competition here at GCN, so we’ve got
something very special for you. (tinkling)
Whoa! Nice jersey, Jon.
– Yeah, not bad, is it? Although I don’t get to keep
this, because this week’s competition, thanks to our
friends at Science in Sport, is to win all of this. (chuckling) Team Sky signed jersey, we’ve
got some Rego here, we’ve got some GO Energy+ Immune gels,
we’ve got some caffeine added into these energy bars. – Yep, got plenty here as well. – More gels. – More gels, more Rego,
absolutely incredible prize. And if you want to be in
with a chance at winning all of this, there’s a competition
link in the video’s description just down below. Good luck.
– Yeah. – Caption of the week
now, and we’ll remind you of last week’s caption photo, which was this one of Nairo Quintana. And the winner is Joe
Austin, with this caption: “This is what happens when the UCI “bans feeding in the
last three kilometres.” – Get in touch with us on Facebook and this bottle will be
winging its way to you. Now this week’s photo comes from Zonhoven, and the Super Prestige
Cyclocross event in Belgium, famous for its big, sandy descent. – Hm. Is sand going to
feature in your caption, Jon? – Ooh, it might do. – Go on then, get us started. – Okay. A descent like this
sands shivers down my spine. – Just as I predicted, Jon. If you can do any better,
then leave your captions in the comment section down below. – And you could win one of these. Tried my best. – Now what’s coming up
on the channel this week. On Wednesday, we’ve got how to deal with numb feet and hands when riding. That’s something I used
to suffer with a lot. – Certainly, investing in a
cycling-specific pair of gloves is a very good idea, because
although normal gloves might keep your hands
warm, of crucial importance is being able to hold
on to your handlebars, change gear, and brake. – Thursday, we’ve got some
motivational quotes for you. Friday, Ask GCN Anything. – And on Saturday, we’ve
got a very special pro bike for you coming up, look out for that one. – Very special. – And Sunday, we show you
how to corner, but with some tips from our friends over at GMBN. And on Monday, we’re back
in the maintenance set. – On Tuesday, it’s episode
number 250 of the GCN Show. – Two fifty.
– Two hundred and fifty. – Where does the time go, Jon? – It flies. – Right, it’s almost time
for the end of the GCN show, but we thought we’d give you a
quick update on the GCN shop. And there’s some pretty
cool new things in stock at the moment, isn’t there, John? – Yeah, that’s right, we’ve
got some new GCN fan kit come in just in time for winter. So we’ve got some long-sleeved
jerseys, bib tights, and also jackets and gilets for
you, in GCN colourways, as well as high vis. – [John] Nice. Modelling
them very nicely there, Jon. – Well, I’ve had the catwalks
of Milan and Paris calling me. (John laughing) And yeah, who knows? – [John] Might not even be
here again, be in Milan. – Yeah, you never know. Or Taiwan. – Who knows? Right, let’s finish with Extreme Corner, and it’s pretty extreme. The Red Bull Trike Strike. I’ve never heard of the event
before, it’s technically bikes, I suppose, but yeah,
have a look what we mean. (bluesy rock music) – [Men] Whoa! – You would not catch me on
one of those trikes, Jon. – No, but I’ll tell you
who we should catch on one of those trikes: Mr. Tom Last. And you guys and girls will
find out why very shortly. (Grey Shirt grunts) – Unfortunately, that
does bring us to the end of the GCN Show for this week. I’ve actually got to leg it
to the airport to pick Matt up because we are getting ready
for the Taiwan KOM challenge. Both rather nervous, both rather excited. It should be good. Anyway, please do make sure
you head over to the GCN Shop after leaving this video:
there’s loads of corny stuff on there at the moment, so do
make sure you check it out. Also, if you haven’t already,
please subscribe to GCN. It’s completely free to do,
so just click on the globe. And if you want to watch
a couple more videos after this one, definitely
recommend checking out our Q and A with Mark Beaumont. As Neils Helders put in the
comment section down below that video, “You know you’re
hardcore when you ride “so much, it stops hurting.” That’s a valid point. Or, to check out something
a little bit different, at GCN does science, where we
investigate the effect of stem length on the way your bike handles. Check that one out.

99 comments on “Is This Really What We Want? | The GCN Show Ep. 249

  1. For sure, the ICU should abandon the restriction to three-tube road bike frames. Amateur enthusiasts inevitably want to ride bikes that look like those ridden by pros, which means that manufacturers are effectively constrained to that type of frame design. Without the restriction we could all be buying and riding bikes that were either more aero/more comfortable/lighter/stiffer, according to taste with freer frame design criteria. I can't see it having any influence on racing – the effects would not be that far-reaching and top riders would have whatever suited them best.

  2. tdf racing must use the rules and add a new one no battery source on a bike.So no electronic gears,tdf shd be about whos thr beat rider not bike.

  3. 6:08 I mean… I know that good footwear is key to life, but I've never heard of aerodynamic shoes!
    Obviously new to GCN, I'm more of a GMBN kind of guy

  4. I'm from Africa. Riders are strong, some carry 3 bags of cement on those bikes. That's roughly 150kilos on a two-wheeled human-powered monster. Do not be surprised the likes of Chris Froome get inspiration from these kinds of sceneries.

  5. i want to start biking but i dont have money to buy a decent bike. im 21 and weighs 110kg and wanted to slim down a bit, could you help me? 😅 #justtryin

  6. With no Vroomen in the company of Cervelo, its bike designs are not as good as it used to be. And this P5x is one of ugliest bike on planet. With no aero advantage over P5, what is a point making this ugly bike ?

  7. Laxing the rules would only make the race faster. It wouldn't change nothing else. You could put all the racers on beach cruisers and it wouldn't change the dynamics of the race. It would just make the race slower.

  8. For the competution rules why not do what most sports do? Have different classes for traditional cycling and newer bike classes

  9. bike design probably good as it is, ironman, triathlon and new design propel visions of bikes; in the pro peloton I like the restrictions well enough to keep it mostly on physique of the rider, though some new tech trickle through as new generations gets into the governing cycling body. me I am a little conservative and not too fond of electric parts beside the lights, and not to fond of disc brakes; even if tech improves performance; they should have left it more open on time trial bikes; thereby making room for advancing bike tech. Anyway I would love to buy a 10 000 euro bike but luckily I get as much fun on a entry okay level bike at 2500 euro, then I can have more than one bike too 🙂
    season starts tmrrw Strade Bianche

  10. Just make a new set of Rules called: "No Limits" where you can litterly ride everything execpt E or Engien powered stuff…

  11. I don't want cycling to become Formula 1… I watch the Tour de France because I like the human element of the race..

  12. I think the Industry is in a kind of bottleneck as development is as high as it can go, given the current rules. Not sure why we don't see 'out there' designs that are not UCI legal made by the big players as most sales are to non racers.

  13. I would like to see that kind of exotic bikes in tour de france, but outside of mass competition, just for satisfy curiosity what kind of resuls they can achive

  14. My Maximum amount of watts I have achieved is 653 and I kept it for 30 seconds, if That's a good achievement please tell me (I'm 15 yo)

  15. If you relax the rules then you’ll have a bunch of people making bikes that have unfair advantages and electronic crap hooked to them that makes it faster than others… if it ain’t broke don’t fix it

  16. 4:52 Well it's highly unlikely that he's working. So, no the world would not be a good place if everybody is on welfare. Trust me I'm from Sweden so I know.

  17. Burrows: illegal drugs 1% faster, illegal bikes 100% faster. I think there should be open competition for both tech innovation on the bikes as well as clothing of riders. Why stifle innovation? Ask Obree!

  18. Allowing radiocommunication destroyed the tactics and the element of surprice. Well, then the rule about diamond shaped frames may be disguarded as well…

  19. Hahahaha The guy riding backwards is not far from me. I've seen him so many times. Great guy for sure.

  20. I don't get the thing with smart lights. Why should I want to use my smartphone to activate it while I just can press a button? There are some things that are awesome with the smartphone like cadence and speed sensors if I use the navigation the same time. But I never do that at night.

    Please include modern bikes in UCI rules. Why shouldn't we evolve there? I don't like to see races on tv because it is more like "never change a running system" than modern cycling.

  21. You mean others have a problem with hands going numb? I thought I was just getting old. I don't remember this happening when I was younger.

    Actually I figured I've been leaning to hard on the bars.

  22. I don't know what a 42 kilometres per hour is. What is that in England? Remember that road signs only in kilometres are illegal, so please use real numbers. Cheers lads

  23. Seriously? Can't UCI make more, different categories with different regulations? So we could keep what we have right now and also have races that are completely focusing on technology and speed. Like in Isle of Man TT and Irish Road racing, the same riders could race in different categories, we don't have to make compromise.

  24. I think there should be no rules about what type of bike designs are allowed. Apart from not allowing any type of power assistance. That way the best possible bike can be developed and eventually passed on to eh average scum like me.
    Restrictions are needed in motorsport because cars or bikes etc have already become way to fast and dangerous, so development of new technology's is actually aided by the restrictions.
    This is never going to be a problem on a human powered vehicle. Remove the restrictions and let manufacturers develop the best aerodynamics, brakes,frames,wheels etc. This will make slowly make cycling more fun and even safer for everyone.
    A interesting possibility for a restriction in amateur racing is a maximum budget for a bike. That way it could be accessible for everyone. This is probably to difficult to enforce because you would need some sort of official to check the price of every component, but i like the idea.

  25. You guys have no idea what a hack is… just applying that label to any novel idea you come across, eh?

  26. yes to triathlon bikes: cycling desperate for more novel innovation; and as the major tours and manufacturers have the finances to test them out and get the best designs, and not just gimmicks, aero will improve.
    p.s pretty sure triathlons have rules, so not everything goes.

  27. Would be cool to see something like group b in cycling, where all those weird creations would be allowed. That wouldn't compromise the purity of regular races

  28. UCI should definetley change the rules so you can ride on a Triathlon bike. Like you are basically paying 10k for nothing. The triathlon bike is atleast high end. But the normal bikes are same last 20 years.

  29. One danger of less rules could be that those with more money will be able to buy faster bikes, they should relax the rules a bit at a time to allow newer tech to come down in price as initially it will be too expensive

  30. What about creating different classes? Like in racing, and the ironman bikes can be part of an "Unlimited" class. It would be really interesting to see the time differences.

  31. i remember doing that thing (what that lionel did) with my friends when I was young, well it was completely possible back where you can sacrifice some scars and cuts but then at a certain age bikes were taken away from me. biking now, even balancing a bike with no hands while pedaling is hard for me…

  32. Gotta be said, cycling without rules is called recumbent racing. See BHPC, WHPVA, Battle Mountain (WHPSC) etc.

  33. I think there needs to be an unlimited class for cycle racing where people can run prototype bicycle designs similar to how they do it in car racing

  34. Si the way you stayed your chopstick in general Asian table manner probably means you're wishing yourself an asap death to heaven……

  35. I heard flashing bike lights are very annoying and distracting for car drivers.
    Do you guys have any experience with that?

  36. If one of those Ironman bikes has an Accident the forest of carbon Splinters,that ensues would shred through participants like uh, parts through pants.

  37. Help me here what are we talking about? This isn’t F1 where allowing development without rules creates innovations that often are the future of consumer engine design.

    This seems to be a mostly cosmetic thing though, with some admittedly important aerodynamic variables. So are we talking about aesthetics rules or rules that affect the mechanical components significantly in some way I’m not catching?

    As far as aesthetics, and even aerodynamics, Persobally I say go all out, you don’t have the problems Motorsport racing does so it would be fascinating to see the impact of he FERARRI VS. HONDA type of battles/developments that drive bleeding edge inivation as well as small design changes in aero, all which can significantly impact speed/handling/the outcome

    I’m a fan of options, so give me a crazy anything goes F1 & I’ll take today’s alternatives in addition without fuss, but try to force only one to exist and make it the more boring one and the fans won’t show up.

    When performance related variables aren’t as much of a concern, get rid of the rules, have fun where it’s possible

  38. I think they look cool but not practical. As stated about side winds, the number of riding locations would be really, really small. And I believe all cliff tracks would be banned from competition on very start.

  39. This is , i'm sorry to say, clickbait with totally deceptive thumbnail and content resembling Ryvita (i.e. technically speaking, it's food, but if that was all you ate,you'd die of starvation)

  40. If by relaxing of the rules bikes become faster and/or more comfortable, cheaper or more accessible more people will adopt cycling as a means of their transport and that's good for all cyclists

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