Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Enjoy watching the TDF?


I try not to "rant" on this page. But, today is an exception. I'm sick and tired of doping in sports.

I spent some time reading Velonews.com yesterday, reading the depressing story of alleged doping reported in a Spanish newspaper. I also checked out the original story, running it through Google-Translate and trying to make sense of what came out. Basically, it makes professional cycling sound as if it has been so completely medicine-ized that the sport is losing its appeal to me as a spectator.

I wonder if I'll enjoy watching the Tour De France this year. I've always liked it, but I'm just sick and tired of the medicine-culture that seems to be a part of the sport.

A bit of orienteering...

Check out Graham Gristwood's routes from the British WOC selection race. The map is in Denmark and will be the sprint model event for the WOC. Gristwood won the selection race.

I don't know who set the courses. I could probably poke around the web a bit an find out. But, my guess is that the course setting is quite relevant for the WOC.

Gristwood described it:

The course was technically very easy and there wasn't a huge amount of route choice.

You have to take the winner's comments with a grain of salt. When you win, it often feels like the course was easy. But, I think he's generally right. The course looks pretty easy and the route choice problems are simple.

You might want to add Graham Gristwood's web page to your bookmarks.

posted by Michael | 8:53 PM


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