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olympics drop the individual pursuit? WTF?

December 10th, 2009

What the hell? I saw this flash by on a sports network earlier and I was floored. The individual pursuit – one of the most iconic events in track cycling (not just the olympics) – is to be dropped from the schedule for the London 2012 olympics? Newser has the more elongated story. This is a signature event in men’s and women’s cycling, a highlight of any track meet I’ve ever witnessed.

To say I’m upset is an understatement of the highest magnitude. Ever since I was a kid, it was always an event that was looked forward to by both sexes, as competitors or spectators. I can’t understand their reasoning.

John Wilcockson (VeloNews) sums it up pretty darn well in an open letter to the IOC

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