Hey all, simply making an attempt to crawl out of a relatively intensive, and pretty typical, finish of summer time work cave. It’s not as darkish because the biking ache cave, and I can undoubtedly justify a frosty brew on the finish of every such effort, however in different respects the parallels to skilled biking are… nicely they aren’t zero anyway.
It’s actually been one other thrilling season, with a really distinctive twist to it. I’m glad I didn’t have time to write down about MeRgEr MaNiA whereas it was nonetheless on the desk, because it ended up not occurring (for now), however there is no such thing as a query that the dominant theme for the season has been single-team dominance, on the a part of Jumbo Visma after all.
In our minds the Flying Dutchmen and their worldwide forged of Grand Tour champions owned the yr, in 2009 HTC-like trend, nevertheless it’s not fairly like that. The Jumbos did lead the world in wins, with 66 complete, however simply barely forward of Fast Step and UAE, and in reality UAE presently leads in complete factors, at our PDC-generated rankings (through the FSA Directeur Sportif), in addition to on the Biking Quotient and PCS rankings. Proportion-wise the hole to second-ranked Jumbo is closest at our rankings, a few 5% distinction, versus extra like 9-10% on the different two. If these rankings really feel like we’re being collectively gaslit by the game, nicely, biking is eternally kinda bizarre, however possibly a extra particular message is that it’s an on a regular basis job, whether or not it’s occurring beneath the brightest lights or the darkest shadows, and everybody relishes a win. Oh and Marc Hirschi says hello too. Sheesh.
Wish to know what an awesome season actually seems to be like? Jumbo ‘23 is one model, and its polar reverse in all probability stays HTC ‘09, the place the GerMerican squad racked up 85 FUCKING WINS!!! — practically double the second-ranked Saxo Financial institution — en path to … simply barely squeaking out a 600-point general hole in complete factors. [Probably toss in some Mapei or Renault seasons here too if you want to carry on, but let’s stay more recent.] Relating to wins, there may be an historical debate of amount versus high quality, and these two historic seasons characterize the acute examples of every. However neither workforce actually dominated the factors rankings within the course of. Biking simply all the time has so many shifting components.
I don’t wish to drone on about 2023 proper now, we’ve so much to cowl with the season’s finish, together with FSA DS outcomes, however I wish to problem our annual name for nominations for our 2023 Awards. Recall, the classes are as follows:
- 2023 Males’s Rider of the Yr
- 2023 Males’s Race Day of the Yr
- 2023 Ladies’s Rider of the Yr
- 2023 Ladies’s Race Day of the Yr
No specific standards, that’s so that you can determine, as that is eternally a subjective ballot. I might solely word that race “day” means what it feels like, stage races on the entire should not eligible, although if you’re excited a few stage race — as I’m positive most of us have been — then choosing the day that summed all of it up for you is a superb one for the nominations.
PLEASE go to feedback and ship me your nominations! Early subsequent week I’ll declare the nominations adequate to launch the polls themselves, after which we’ll vote our awards. Clearly the World Champions, Grand Tour winners and Monument winners are most or all anticipated to point out up within the polls. For race days, these will likely be beginning factors there too. However please do get inventive and transcend the plain to establish folks or occasions that moved you as a biking fan. Be at liberty to elaborate right here in feedback — if the case for that particular person or day isn’t apparent, make it right here and now! My expertise is that after the polls are posted folks vote first and peruse feedback later.
Thanks all for one more nice yr! I can’t all the time be right here as a lot as I would really like proper now, however in all probability subsequent yr will likely be a bit extra open. Thanks as all the time to Jens for his fixed and much-appreciated dedication to posting boards for just about each race day of any significance, Males’s and Ladies’s sides. Thanks as all the time to UMWolverine for her work in feedback day-after-day! And to each for updating leads to the DS too. Thanks all for the roles you play as group members, this has all the time been and shall stay a group effort the place your concepts, ideas and passions drive the location as a lot as any official work that the Editors do. I’ve been saying for a bit that 2024 might be the final word showdown on a few of the largest phases, and I had higher cease tying proper now earlier than I get myself prematurely spun up about it. As the youngsters say… LFG!!