Oli wrote:Surely you need all the help you can get??wuffy wrote:What benefits does this Centre of Excellence that caters to all cycling styles offer me, as a mountain biker...?
That's why you have things called Clubs (as in groups of people, rather than wooden implements). The Centre of Excellence comes a long way down the track with talent identification / development. Basic coaching of Juniors is (or should be) very much a Club function.wuffy wrote:Oli wrote:Surely you need all the help you can get??wuffy wrote:What benefits does this Centre of Excellence that caters to all cycling styles offer me, as a mountain biker...?
My question was hypothetical. I myself am not looking for help, just wondering if it has the potential to help others.
We have a tonne of potential in the youngsters here in Chch and at their level the differences in the needs as far as coaching when you compare Road Cycling and Downhill are pretty big. Half the guys here aged 11-14 are faster than me (not that hard to do , but still) yet I only know a few who have had any coaching or tutoring.
I also see a LOT of young kids ride during the weekend, some notably fast, but they never show up to races, most of the time because they aren't aware of them, which I think is a waste of talent. Especially considering our younger WC guys like Brook MacD are now tearing it up overseas. Shows the potential our guys have for getting up there amongst it, even from a small place like Napier.
wuffy wrote:That's the point, it only helps Roadies and XCers, while DH is left to sort itself.
We're doing far better in Dh on the world circuit than XC or Road Cycling.
cruiser wrote:If you want to moan about funding go ask why equestrian sports get given millions - based on results from 2 exceptional horse/ rider combinations from over 11 years ago. Since then it's been massive FAIL.
cruiser wrote:How much of funding should be based on historical results?
on the back of results at this year's (2010) World Equestrian Games
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