Olympics: its all about the bike

8th Aug 2008

I hope you are all aware that the Beijing Olympics start tonight with the opening ceremony kicking off around 2130. I understand the Aussies are marching 203rd of 205 countries in their lovely blue and white stripe uniform...if you have not heard of the Beijing Olympics crawl out of your rock and buy yourself a T.V so you can check out the cycling action.

Competition starts on the 9th (Saturday) with the mens road race 1pm EST and continues with the womens road race 4pm EST on the 10th (Sunday).

Aussie riders to watch on the road include:
Katherine Bates (Northmead, NSW 18.05.1982)
Sara Carrigan OAM (Nerang, QLD 07.09.1980)
Cadel Evans (Barwon Heads, VIC 14.02.1977)
Simon Gerrans (Jamieson, VIC 16.05.1980)
Matthew Lloyd (Brighton, VIC 24.05.1983)
Stuart O'Grady OAM (Unley Park, SA 06.08.1973)
Michael Rogers (Garren, ACT 20.12.1979)
Oenone Wood (Watson, ACT 24.09.1980)

The time trials are scheduled for 1:30pm EST and 3:30pm EST on Wednesday 13th, womens and mens respectively.

The Sprinting and pursuiting starts 15th (Friday) and occupies the 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th with most events occurring in the morning (pre-work).

Track sprint and endurance riders to watch:
Track Sprint
Ryan Bayley OAM (Alexander Heights, WA 09.03.1982)
Daniel Ellis (Ngunnawal, ACT 07.10.1988)
Mark French (Elwood, VIC 13.10.1984)
Shane Kelly OAM (Ararat, VIC 07.01.1972)
Anna Meares OAM (Gracemere, QLD 21.09.1983)

Track Endurance
Jack Bobridge (Mt Pleasant, SA 13.07.1989)
Graeme Brown OAM (Menai, NSW 09.04.1979)
Mark Jamieson (Acacia Hills, TAS 04.05.1984)
Brett Lancaster OAM (Shepparton, VIC 15.11.79)
Katie Mactier (St Kilda, VIC 23.03.1975)
Bradley McGee OAM (Wentworthville, NSW 24.02.1976)
Cameron Meyer (Helena Valley, WA 11.01.1988)
Luke Roberts OAM (Walkerville, SA 25.01.1977)

The BMX kicks off on the 21st (Thursday) with the womens semi 11am/final 12:30pm EST and mens semi 11:08am/final 12:40pm EST.

BMXers to watch:
Tanya Bailey (Mariginiup, WA 15.03.1981)
Nicole Callisto (Beechboro, WA 12.11.1987)
Jared Graves (Toowoomba, Qld 16.12.1982)
Kamakazi (Jimboomba, QLD 08.03.1981)
Luke Madill (Cranebrook, NSW 28.05.1980)

The grand finale is the XC taking place on the 22nd (womens) and 23rd (mens) at 5pm EST....All eyes on Daniel and Dellys as they rip the XC apart.

No excuses..these guys have worked super hard to get to Beijing and they need our support...skip training, stay up late, call in sick but don't miss out!!!

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