thirdcrank wrote:Funding for élite athletes is inherently discriminatory.
So lets stop it .... if the Derby Track Racers can do it so can anyone ......No more state sponsored support ... for that is what it is .... lets pick our elite athletes from those the are really doing it in the real world ...... the Kenny's would have made it in pro teams .... or their not so elite as they think ... I think they would have excelled where ever they where ....
End the British Cycling cadre ... go and do it ... and reap the benefits .....
Laura Kenny has had stints on the road with Wiggle that were reasonably successful, but Jason doesn't fit in to pro teams because he's a track sprinter. Note how Viviani and Cav, top line sprinters in road teams, are "endurance" on the track and wouldn't have a prayer in a match sprint or kierin at the top level as they don't have the raw power. Top track sprinters, OTOH, wouldn't have a prayer in a road bunch sprint because they'd have dropped off too much in the preceding 200 km.
I don't think there's a model for professional track sprinter outside of state sponsored support at present, but that support (at least in the UK) comes from lottery tickets and people who buy lottery tickets seem to be okay with that and are doing it voluntarily, so why stop that?
There's also the issue that for women pros it's very hard to make a living, even at the very top. Froome is a millionaire, Marianne Vos isn't.
Huub/Wattbike are a rather special case, because they're concentrating on one event where there's room for out-of-the-box thinking. They're fantastic and I loved their gold on Friday, but I can't really see it working with sprints.
Funding for scholarships for medical students is inherently discriminatory. Should we stop that too?
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