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  1. falcace

    'the Donald' Trump

    This you? https://www.businessinsider.com/ex-qanon-follower-apologizes-for-thinking-anderson-cooper-ate-babies-2021-1?r=US&IR=T
  2. falcace

    1985 World Final

    Yes, that's an odd one and doesn't reflect well on the culture at the time. I too have read about that there's the strong suggestion that Biggs' opponents in his last ride wanted to punish him for NOT bribing them!
  3. falcace

    1985 World Final

    You know, I've had no great problem with some of the favours that occasionally went on. I think Penhall took a pasting in 1982 because he was the sport's highest profile rider, it was so blatant and made a bad miscalculation by wheelie-ing at the back. In short, he took the p***. The other one with the Danes was a situation where as it stood on the last lap with PC miles in front, Olsen Gundersen and Petersen were all going to be eliminated. Olsen waved Petersen through and gave him a chance in the run-off. Similarly in 1980, in Mike Lee's last ride he had John Davis and Chris Morton in his last heat to win the title. The Sunday People made a fuss if it in later years and even in the commentary Dave Lanning talks of them looking out for him. It certainly looked to me that Davis obligingly let him through on the last lap. But I wouldn't consider anything like this fixing...it's team mates helping each other when they have nothing to gain. I'm sure there are other instances where international opponents were possibly paid off, but there is nothing in the King, Moran, Gundersen race that looks anything but genuine.
  4. In some ways, it reminds me of athletics where some records just hold more sway that others. For example, Scott Autrey's Exeter record lasted 17 years and was Beamon-esque!
  5. falcace

    BLM Uk protest marches

    Murdoch's billions recruit millions of minions The obedience knows know bounds....
  6. falcace

    BLM Uk protest marches

    You couldn't make it up. You have unwittingly put it in a nutshell. A thread about black lives matter and you come out fighting for a white millionaire paid by tax avoiding billionaires. A new campaign perhaps? #whitemillionaireslivesattheirfloridahomesmatter They need a fair shake.
  7. falcace

    BLM Uk protest marches

    Bless. He's very sensitive. There's a word for that these days....
  8. falcace

    'the Donald' Trump

    The stimulus package has. From an economy ravaged by Trump and opposed by Republicans. You must be pleased.
  9. Great piece of work. Just so I'm clear, the above calculation relates to the number of times they broke a track record on any track, at any time? So John Louis for example, might have broken the Ipswich record 43 times?
  10. falcace

    1985 World Final

    Yep. Very familiar with how the race unfolded. Actually I would say that Gundersen's move started on the previous turn when he took the widest line and generated the speed to enable the overtake on the next turn. We could all do screen grabs of riders making mistakes in World Finals...there are hundreds of them. It's what separates the winners from the also-rans. Why didn't Malcolm Simmons close the door on Peter Collins in 1976? Why did Bruce Penhall leave a gap for Michael Lee in 1980? Why didn't Kenny Carter clamp down on Bruce Penhall in 1982? The riders that make mistakes don't win World Finals....and the riders that get it right do win World Finals. It really is that simple. And that's why Erik Gundersen is a three-times champion and Lance King and Shawn Moran are not. I just don't see anything amiss in this race at all...it's as authentic a race as you ever likely to see. Passing, repassing, a momentary mistake and a brilliantly executed killer move from an all-time great. Why would Gundersen risk his neck in the deep dirt if his two opponents were paid off? And why would they make it difficult by outgating and passing him? It just doesn't stack up. And if the best evidence is that some bloke on the terracing at Halifax said it....well, what I would say to that is that he wouldn't be the first bloke in Yorkshire to bluff and bluster on and pretend he knows more than he does about something. Furthermore, if Gundersen was the type to pay off or seek the help of others, why then did his long--time teammate Jan O Pedersen deny him a maximum and an outright win in their last heat at the 1988 World Final and force him into a run-off with Nielsen? That was ripe for collusion, but it didn't happen. So, let's not spend much more time questioning Gundersen's integrity, he was as genuine a winner as any of us could ever hope for in a world final.
  11. falcace

    1985 World Final

    Thanks for the heads up! I'll take a look. It may well be that he wasn't a big fan of Ermolenko. But that still doesn't mean the race was thrown. I just don't see any moment where King clamped down - he was never in front to do so. I don't see any moment where King or Moran held back either. They just made the mistake of not venturing out into the really grippy line that Gundersen found.
  12. falcace

    1985 World Final

    Yes of course. I've no doubt it went on a aplenty... Aside from the obvious Penhall episode with his fellow yanks at the 1982 Overseas, there were plenty of questionable episodes. In the previous year's Overseas Final, the high flying Dave Jessup and Larry Ross flunked their last race beaten by the hitherto struggling team-mates Mike Lee and Ivan Mauger who finish 1st and 2nd to scrape through. It happened and when it did, it was pretty obvious.
  13. falcace

    1985 World Final

    Again, I just can't buy that. Regardless of whether some bloke on a terracing said it or not. Too much happened in the race and too many risks were taken for it to be anything but legit. Plus Gundersen's fist pumping celebration at the race conclusion is not that of a man who knew the race was in his pocket already.
  14. falcace

    1985 World Final

    Thanks Steve. Hasn't changed my mind though. I think Ermolenko is hinting at something that's without merit there. As an add on, King was so put out on being dropped by Cradley after 1984 in favour of Erik (due to averages) that he missed the UK altogether...and never went back to Dudley Wood. I don't think he was out for doing Erik or Cradley any favours in 85.
  15. falcace

    1985 World Final

    I was working behind a hotel bar in Edinburgh as a student in the 1990s and the band Mud came in after a gig. The lead singer (Les?) was chatting away and I told him that Tiger Feet was number 1 when I was born. I thought it was a nice thing to say, but he physically deflated! I suppose in his eyes, he was still a hip rock star.
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