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Good luck to Cherise Taylor who starts in the Women's Tour of Qatar tomorrow.

 

On a side note, I rode passed Burry when he was out training yesterday.

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Good luck to Cherise Taylor who starts in the Women's Tour of Qatar tomorrow.

 

On a side note, I rode passed Burry when he was out training yesterday.

 

Ooh hot place and hotchick... :whistling:

 

Where was that, Burry doing some altitude training in da east...you n Burry riding in the same direction? :whistling: :whistling:

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Well done Cherise: Result 1 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Team Specialized Lululemon 3:05:37 2 Judith Arndt (Ger) GreenEdge-AIS 3 Adriana Visser (Ned) Skil-1t4i 0:02:20 4 Kirsten Wild (Ned) Netherlands 5 Shelley Olds (USA) United States 0:02:49 6 Martine Bras (Ned) Netherlands 0:02:51 7 Marta Bastianelli (Ita) MCipollini Giambenini 8 Latoya Brulee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Ridley 2012 9 Jessie Maclean (Aus) GreenEdge-AIS 10 Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Italy 11 Cherise Taylor (RSA) Lotto Belisol Ladies

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Where was that, Burry doing some altitude training in da east...you n Burry riding in the same direction? :whistling: :whistling:

 

In pretoria going up to Hans Strijdom from Fountains. Passed him like he was standing still...

(I was on the motorbike...)

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Cherise Taylor gives her view of stage 2 in Qatar (Women's race):

 

After yesterday's very windy stage I thought that stage no.2 could only get better. Well i was in for a surprise. On the way to race we went through another sandstorm and realised that today will be another tough day in the office.

We started of with a tail side wind and the girls went flat out from the word 'go'. The bunch splitted really quickly and I was sitting a bit too far back and missed the front group. After a really hard chase we cought the first bunch around 30km and had an avg speed of 54km/h. Then we turned...

We now had a head side wind and with 9girls up the road the pace was still on. We turned on about 45km into a really strong side wind and we all really struggeld to keep our bikes on the road (most of girls couldn't). The group split into smaller bunches and we were now about 30girls chasing the front 9. We made contact with the front girls with 20km to go and immediatly the counter attacks started. I hung on for life and death. Judith Arndt and Trixi Worrack broke clear with Kirsten Wild and Adri Visser on their heels. We were now racing for 5th place. I knew i am not once of the fastest sprinters so I tried going with some of the attacks however nothing went clear. It came down to the sprint and I managed to get 11th place. It is still early season and with this being my first international race since world champs I am pretty happy with how the form is coming is along. Tommorow is the last stage and i am really hoping for the wind to die down a bit.

 

Kind regards

 

Cherise Taylor

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Hey, and be sure to follow the Men's tour that starts on the 5th, Hunter will be flying the flag. Well done to both of em.

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Cherise gets 16th in final stage, 26th Overall in the final GC, and 5th in the final young rider classification. That's an impressive showing against the best in the world.

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thanks for the updates!

 

weird type of question to ask, but when they say sandstorm, just how sandy is it ? Do they ride in the storms ?

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weird type of question to ask, but when they say sandstorm, just how sandy is it ? Do they ride in the storms ?

http://cdn2.media.cyclingnews.futurecdn.net//2012/02/03/1/02_03_12_qatar_03_stage3_550_600.jpg

http://cdn4.media.cyclingnews.futurecdn.net//2012/02/01/2/02_01_12_qatar_01_stage1_061_600.jpg

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(pic courtesy cyclingnews.com)

 

I think that last pic shows how bad it was.

 

And remember, this was sandy and windy enough to call off the Qatar master's golf tournament. The wind was moving the golf balls on the fairways and greens.

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in that last pic, you can see one of the bikes leaning at an angle !

 

Respect!

 

(feel for the mechanic that has to clean all that sand off)

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thanks for the updates!

 

weird type of question to ask, but when they say sandstorm, just how sandy is it ? Do they ride in the storms ?

 

Seems the winds covered the entire Mid-East over the weekend! Had the pleasure of riding in that yesterday but avoided the "desert" part of town. The black hair on my arms was yellow/brown from all the sand. The wind was so bad the missus was complaining about controlling the car on the road. Good practice for the Argus though! :D

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Does anybody know if it's being televised here?

 

I doubt you'll see any of the women's race here, but supersport usually has live coverage of the mens tour.

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Check it, Hunter on the podium:

http://cdn3.media.cyclingnews.futurecdn.net//2012/02/06/1/20120206cy0001_600.jpg

 

Full Results 1 Garmin - Barracuda 0:12:38 2 Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:00:07 3 Sky Procycling 0:00:09 4 Katusha Team 5 Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:13 6 RadioShack-Nissan 0:00:14 7 GreenEdge Cycling Team 0:00:16 8 BMC Racing Team 9 Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:17 10 Lotto-Belisol Team 11 FDJ-Bigmat 0:00:23 12 Project 1t4i 0:00:24 13 Farnese Vini-Selle Italia 0:00:31 14 Champion System 0:01:03 15 Bridgestone Anchor 0:01:11 16 RTS Racing Team 0:01:34 General classification after stage 2 1 Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickStep 3:24:07 2 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Barracuda 3 Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Garmin-Barracuda 0:00:03 4 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin-Barracuda 5 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin-Barracuda 6 Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin-Barracuda

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