Tuesday, June 17, 2008


The cycling schedule for the Beijing Games is jammed packed so who better to preview this feast of two-wheel action than someone who hasn't ridden a bike since he was 15...

There will be four disciplines of cycling at Beijing; track, road, mountain bike and the exciting addition of BMX. Good to see the Games' organisers going retro with a bit of California Games. An Atari 2600 classic. Hopefully London introduces footbag or at least flying disc for 2012. Back to the subject at hand, the track cycling events include sprints, pursuits, keirin, madison, and points races. Medals for road cycling will be awarded for the road race and time trial.

The main reason for watching any of the four disciplines is the possibility of:


And the likelihood of:

The "KFC Kid" Ryan Bayley is back and angry as ever after an on-track stoush with his soon to be brother in-law Shane Perkins. Bayley is obviously stoked that Perkins is doing his sister and had this to say after the incident: "The biggest thing was, I actually don't like the guy, so it made me a little bit more angry during the race and after the race. It's an unfortunate incident. Perkins is going really well at the moment, but I don't care because I don't like him". He'll also be up against Theo Bos and his million dollar bike.

Other Aussies to look out for are Mark French, Anna Meares and Katie Mactier. I could crap on for hours about the finer points of keirin and madison but I'd ruin all the fun for you, the viewer. Trying to figure out who wins and how in a cycling event is part of the enjoyment. Let's just hope there's as many stacks as Aussie gold medals in Beijing!

Watching the BMX at the Games, I'm sure I'll be hearing in the back of my head the catchy theme for California Games...doo-doo-doo.....doo-doo...doo-doo-doo...

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