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    The races have had to be shortened due to health concerns in relation to the heat.

    Can anyone think of another major sporting event that is taking place in Qatar that could be subject to the same issues?

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      Why are any major sporting events scheduled in Qatar given that the high temperatures are a given.

      Is money now placed above the safety of athletes
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      Why are any major sporting events scheduled in Qatar given that the high temperatures are a given.

      Is money now placed above the safety of athletes
      In fairness to cycling over this the Tour of Qatar has been on the cycling calendar since 2002, admittedly in the spring when it's just hot.
      Yes the UCI have been courting 'new' money but it does have a few races in the middle east, with a slightly dubious new team sponsored by Bahrain arriving next season.

      Also the World Championship is the longest one day race on the calendar, much of which is superfluous miles.


      As for any other event this might effect, I've been paid $10m to not know what you're talking about.
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      The races have had to be shortened due to health concerns in relation to the heat.

      Can anyone think of another major sporting event that is taking place in Qatar that could be subject to the same issues?
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      Qatar is a joke of a country populated by some very unpleasant, corrupt and bored rich arabs. There is absolutely not one good thing to say about the place. I lived there for 10 months a few years back and so I'm talking from experience.
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      Qatar is a joke of a country populated by some very unpleasant, corrupt and bored rich arabs. There is absolutely not one good thing to say about the place. I lived there for 10 months a few years back and so I'm talking from experience.
      That's all very well, but what are their CATERING facilities like?
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      cant they put lights and reflectors on the bikes and do it at night
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      I spent a day with one of the pros (a teammate of Cavendish) this summer. He said the whole peloton is scathing of these events - there's a small crowd in the city, mainly overweight Arabs who haven't been near a bike in their lives. After a gala start, they send the cyclists out into the desert, where nobody comes to watch, for the day, before coming back in for a sprint finish.

      It's totally money-dominated, a chance for the UCI to top up the coffers, is useless for cycling (sand gets everywhere) and soul-destroying for the riders.
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      All the more time to visit the famous Qatari National Felching Museum & Tromboning Centre - a must do in this proud and diverse land.
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      That's all very well, but what are their CATERING facilities like?
      I don't think they do very good bacon butties.


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