Thursday, September 26, 2019

2019 Cycling World Championships

So three things have happened this week at the cycling world championships that I wanted to bring to your attention.

First was the men's under 23 individual time trial on Tuesday. I have never seen anything like the weather they were biking through. You can watch the highlights below and you'll see what I mean. They would be riding along and hit a standing puddle of water. And it is nerve racking to see these guys riding 50 miles an hour on a course where you have continually seen people crashing because of the weather. The good news is the United States took both the silver and the bronze.

1Mikkel Bjerg (Denmark)0:40:20.42
2Ian Garrison (United States of America)0:00:26.45
3Brandon Mcnulty (United States of America)0:00:27.69
4Mathias Norsgaard Jørgensen (Denmark)0:00:36.78
5Brent Van Moer (Belgium)0:00:43.26
6Morten Hulgaard (Denmark)0:00:56.07
7Nils Eekhoff (Netherlands)0:01:01.02
8Byron Munton (South Africa)0:01:26.59
9Markus Wildauer (Austria)0:01:38.18
10Daan Hoole (Netherlands)0:01:45.79

Second was the women's elite individual time trial on Tuesday. Chloe Dygert of the United States utterly destroyed the competition. It is the most dominant win I have ever seen. Generally speaking riders are ranked from best to worst and they go off from worst to best. Dygert started in the 20 position, which meant she was considered to be the 20th best rider in the field. It is incredible just how much faster she was than anyone else. It is great fun to watch. This was ridden on the same day as the U23 men's talked about above.  Here is a quote from cyclingnews that tells you all you need to know about this performance.
In the race of truth, the numbers say it all. Dygert Owen's winning margin is the biggest since individual time trials were first introduced to the World Championships a quarter of a century ago, beating the previous record of 1:27, established by Fabian Cancellara in 2009.

1Chloe Dygert Owen (United States)0:42:11
2Anna Van der Breggen (Netherlands)0:01:32
3Annemiek Van Vleuten (Netherlands)0:01:52
4Amber Leone Neben (United States)0:02:38
5Lisa Klein (Germany)0:02:40
6Marlen Reusser (Switzerland)0:03:02
7Leah Thomas (United States)0:03:12
8Lucinda Brand (Netherlands)0:03:15
9Alena Amialiusik (Belarus)0:03:17
10Lisa Brennauer (Germany)0:03:19

Third is that Quinn Simmons won the men's junior road race gold today for the United States and his teammate Magnus Sheffield took the bronze. When highlights are posted I'll embed them here. Can't wait to watch this tonight. Simmons attacked with 33kms to go and soloed to victory.

1Quinn Simmons (United States Of America)3:38:04
2Alessio Martinelli (Italy)0:00:56
3Magnus Sheffield (United States Of America)0:01:33
4Enzo Leijnse (Netherlands)
5Gianmarco Garofoli (Italy)
6Vegard Stokke (Norway)
7Alfred George (Great Britain)0:01:45
8Frederik Wandahl (Denmark)
9Jakub Bouček (Czech Republic)
10Milan Paulus (Belgium)

1 comment:

  1. Hey, Chloe Dygert is from Brownsburg, Indiana. This is very great about the young U.S. riders, and I always think the HP is better when you're posting about cycling.