Questions......( a few rants and some scenarios to ponder!) :)
Could it be said
1)the 2008 Oz Olymp Cycling team was a makeshift fill-in ?, and
2)Oz Cycling went in to the Games with fingers crossed, as they already knew few, if any, of the team members where fit enough for their events to score a medal?
3)That the only likely medallist from the start ( especially on the track) would be Anna if she could be strong enough after her nasty prang?,
a)the CA and AIS Coaches know the team would be outclassed and
b)they know it before they left Oz....
if so does this mean
1) London2012 will be any different...
2) should the Oz admin & coaches change,
3) should the talent search gets off its butt , change its critieria, open its eyes
4) should those who have input into the team makeup stop playing favourites (what..never!) and
5) some professional skill in administration and development (make that class) comes into our cyling admin, at all levels.
There are obvious reasons for UK's improvement on the world scene this past season, they wanted to improve, they have London coming up, and they want to do it... great!
On the world scene, the attraction for competetive cycling has lost its gloss for many in the face of publicity surrounding performance enhancement, personality clashes and scandals around behaviour. They don't help, but they aren't new, right? \
Perhaps as well as having a fine traditon in cyling success over the years we have also developed an acceptance that the system can cope with letting less than excellence run the place for a bit.
Should there be wholesale change, at all levels, ( noting that Aussies aren't good at dealing with change)... anyway do we get what we accept?.
A recent observation at an elite training class on track in Melb. The young male riders considered elite and our prime prospects for 2012 selection couldnt beat a +50 year old trackie in the sprints no matter how hard they tried... hmmm.
If CA and AIS a keep doing what they have been doing since Athens Australia will continue to repeat what we got in Beijing?.
Anyway... enough questions !
Well done Anna Meares, she is a a true gutsy champion with her head together. We need more like her with the head for cycling, to keep it focussed to task and able to fight, fight hard when it matters.
Maybe Sally MClelland ( what a series of fantastic runs) .....should switch to cycling, she has attitude that counts when the pressure is on with competition and hard work demands.
These two ladies have a formula, one that is necessary to achieve success, it is focus, application and dedication to task... do that and you succeed, our history of she'll be right doesnt cut it at the elite level any more, the others are out there now and they are doing it well... even Usain Bolt ( who seems carefree and loping) has thousands of hours of training and a focus on honing not only his skills but his head around what he is doing...and it shows!