I got the idea of this poll reading about the project to move Lombardia in order to make room to Tour of Beijing and was almost in shock when found out a proposal to move also the Ardennes Classics for almost the same reason: a new race put by the UCI in the pro cycling calendar. HELL NO! I thought: don't touch my Classics!
|Pic by (c)IlariaPranzini LBL 2011|
I have nothing against new races and globalization in cycling. It's cool to see people from China or Japan or India as passionated for cycling as we are. A bit less cool - I agree - for cyclists forced to jump around the world like balls. Not cool at all when a new race gets immediately the pro cycling status and UCI moves an old glorious one to make it room.
In my opinion new races should grow up step by step, like Tour of California did for example. - BDW I prefered it in February. - That's why I voted 'Ok but not in the pro cycling calendar'. I see very few readers agree with me (only 5% ). A good 11% of you simply find new races great - I'd like to know how many of them are from Europe. A polemical 35% ask more money and respect for old races and I see their point: UCI Overlord - the true one not the fake - openly said it's about money so... But the most of you think there is nothing wrong with new races, just don't like when UCI moves the old ones.
That's a very reasonable view. A race isn't only a road - and I don't like when the road changes - but also a season in the year, a sky and wood nuance, a feeling related to the moment. There is a Roubaix time, a Tour de France time, an Ardennes time. July IS the Tour and the Tour is yellow because of the yellow fields of July. YES I know about the yellow pages of the newpaper L'auto who first promoted the race, but in our imaginary the yellow fields are more important, with the heat, the campers, the living bikes made by dancing paesans and bales.
The Giro has been moved long time ago as well as the Vuelta. The actual collocation is good for the Italian race but a little bad for the Spanish tour, too close to the Tour and just after the World Championship. A perfect calendar is probably impossible, new races in different countries are cool. However... there are some holy-days in cycling: don't dare to touch them!
UCI is moving old races to put new ones in the calendar
Good idea! new is cool!
New races are ok but pls don't move the old ones
New races are ok but not in ProCycling calendar
Cycling doesn't need new races but money and respect for the old ones!