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A strange thing indeed

The sport of road racing version of professional cycling – absolute pinnacle in the minds of sports fans generally around the globe the Tour de France – has long had a relationship (or indeed a series of them) with the murky dark waters of performance-enhancing drug taking. The former [...]

October 7, 2020 // 0 Comments

My sporting weekend

For an avid TV sport watcher Sunday was manna from Heaven with cricket, the Tour and golf. The new kid on the block Hojgaard of Denmark won his second European tour victory in the Welsh Open at Celtic Manor in a play off with Julian Walters. The BMW  on the USPGA tour also went to a play-off with [...]

August 31, 2020 // 0 Comments

Le Tour de France

I felt a whole range of emotion at the first day of the Tour. With so many sporting events ruined, would the Tour be? In fact it was only postponed from late June. Notwithstanding that Nice is in the danger zone for Covid and the Tour being a non-stadium event so impossible to impose social [...]

August 30, 2020 // 0 Comments

Another bulletin from the sporting front line

One of the joys of being a regular visitor – and occasional blogger – to this organ is the wide variety of interests and viewpoints among its correspondents. These can range from the meaning of Life to matters of sporting minutiae, philosophy, great obscurity and then some of the more mundane [...]

August 22, 2020 // 0 Comments

Cyclists – a national pest

A common theme amongst us Rusters is our dislike of cyclists. Yesterday morning I was walking alongside the sea on a wide pavement by the main coastal road. At great speed a  Cyclist came hurtling towards me. With an imperious wave he motioned me to walk 2 metres away from him. It’s bad enough a [...]

May 13, 2020 // 0 Comments

Let’s get serious about where all this is going!

With some trepidation because I am steeping into dark waters today – if Tom H. and his crew on the Rust’s sports team will permit me –  but I’ve suddenly come to realisation that I’m sure will also have occurred to some of our astute readers about the position to which elite sport [...]

March 22, 2020 // 0 Comments

Le Tour/ final mountain stage

It’s been the most unpredictable and engaging of Tours and yesterday followed this. I switched on early for the category 1 climb of Roselend only to be informed because of hailstorms the race was to be abandoned for the second stage running. It’s a difficult decision for the race organisers who [...]

July 28, 2019 // 0 Comments

Sunday’s sport

Team orders v individual assertion; that is the story of F1 and this year’s Tour de France. Egan Behgal of the Ineos team could have won on Saturday but he is the domestique to team leader Geraint Thomas. Chris Froomee was the same to Bradley Wiggins and Thomas to Froome. Now its Beghal’s [...]

July 22, 2019 // 0 Comments

Tour de France /stage 13

One of the joys of sport is its unpredictability. That is why I’m cynical of those who try to reduce performance and strategy to statistical analysis. We wake up each morning and sometimes feel energised and optimistic, other times not. Our cat Tiddles can also sleep all day or be skittish and [...]

July 20, 2019 // 0 Comments

Wednesday’s sport

To the many benefits that Abbie summarised in favour of TV watching I would add the capacity to watch several sports on one day rather then being committed to the one you attend. Yesterday was a case in point when I watched the conclusion on the reserve day of New Zealand v India, the men ‘s [...]

July 11, 2019 // 0 Comments

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