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Purves Grundy
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Cyclocross.

I used to love watching cyclocross on Grandstand in winter when the weather was too foul to go out. Muddy blokes on racing bikes haring skinnily round a course in some nature reserve in Epping but having to get off every few minutes to carry the racer over a fallen tree or up a steep hill or around a nasty-looking pebble something. Viewed alongside Kick Start or its junior partner Junior Kick Start it was a useful briefing document for the pre-Terminator generation that The Machines Are Coming To Get Us.

Of course nowadays it's been superceded by alarmingly bucolic South Africans on mountain bikes riding up brick walls and asserting the Southern Hemisphere's imperviousness to all things natural.

Re-reading this I realise that I've turned into Jack Hargreaves while my back was turned.

<jabs thoughtful pipe in direction of otf>

Anyway, has anyone other than Andy C got anything to add?

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ursus arctos
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Barrel jumping on ice skates. Used to be a regular feature of ABC's "Wide World of Sports" winter schedule (almost always from Lake Placid).

Disappeared sometime in the 70s.

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Wrestling. Big Daddy, Giant Haystacks, that other fat one...
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What was that sport called on Grandstand which was some kind of rally/touring car hybrid? Cars racing round a small circuit in s stadium some of which was tarmacked and some of which was muddy?
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ursus arctos
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There are a few actual WRC rallies that include "stadium stages" of that ilk. There is also the "Race of Champions" that pits the likes of Schumacher and Sebastian Loeb in supposedly identical cars on a track inside a stadium (I think they did it at Wembley most recently, and had a spin-off (heh) this winter in Cortina d'Ampezzo in which the cars were driving on ice).
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Wyatt Earp
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Grandstand is key here, I reckon. I'm sure these sports still exist, it's just that when the Beeb haven't got any actual sport they no longer have to televise the World Coxed Small-Bore Nasal Football Championships from Stuttgart.
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Ad Hoc:
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What was that sport called on Grandstand which was some kind of rally/touring car hybrid? Cars racing round a small circuit in s stadium some of which was tarmacked and some of which was muddy?
That was Rallycross - one of the greatest sports ever to have been created!

Allegedly it was actually invented by ITV on a particularly wet Saturday, when all the horse races were rained off, meaning their schedule was buggered. Incredibly (or not) it took off.

It still exists today (see here) but just doesn't get televised. In fact, when Group B(?) rally cars, like the Metro 6R4 and the Ford RS200 got banned from the WRC (or its equivalent) for being too fast, alot of them ended up in Rallycross where they were further souped up - second engines fitted and that kind of thing! Some developed around 1000hp IIRC, even back in the 80s. Whether it was bullshit or not I can't be sure, but I read that some of the rallycross cars accelerated so fast that the drivers could lose consciousness! 0-60 in under 2 seconds, etc!.

Anyway, whatever the details, that is one sport I would dearly love to see back on our screens. I can't believe Dave don't show it actually.

Bjorn Waldergard, Per Eklund, Roger Clark, Juha Kankkunen... *sigh*!

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Wyatt Earp
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Blimey. Takes all sorts.
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It's a purely nostalgic longing for the era, Wyatt, don't worry! :-)
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Barrel jumping on ice skates. Used to be a regular feature of ABC's "Wide World of Sports" winter schedule (almost always from Lake Placid).
Was it anything like this?
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ursus arctos
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Not quite:

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Cyclocross is massive in Belgium. It's still pretty big here, and has expanded considerably in the last, say, five years.

I don't think it's very far behing mountian biking in terms of competitive - rather than casual - participation at the moment. Mountain Biking is dying on its ass slightly.

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Rallycross or something like it is in the X Games.

Horse racing, boxing and billiards - all dying on their ass (as pro sports, at least) in the USA at the moment.

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Paxton Sprout
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I've seen some rallycross on Sky. 'Rallyworld' I think it was called. Showed the UK rally stages and some rallycross, mostly in Ireland it would seem. Everyone was in Imprezas or Lancers sadly for all the OTF group B retro gang.

Anyone with an XBox 360, Playstation 3 or posh PC can rallycross in their own home with Colin McCrae Dirt.

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