Who would you take to the ‘O Show’

So today UCI announced which countries are heading to the Olympics and how many riders they can take. A few where obvious and a few countries that left some people think how? South Africa and Indonesia both claim a spot.

So we thought it would be a good idea to come up with a fantasy selection process.

Shaun Issitt’s Selection. 

IssittSelectionMost of these countries picked themselves. USA and Holland could take more than 3 riders but I’ve gone with the those three.

France I was torn between Andre and Rencurel but went with Andre despite Rencurel’s performance at the World Champs. Andre has made a few semi-finals this year at the World Cups so I feel he has more experience. But I’ll probably be proved wrong.

With Switzerland blanc could have been in the mix but you can’t look past Graf after his performance at the worlds last year and some this year.

Venezuela I went with Milano, he’s young (a lot younger than Suarez, who is 34 this year). It will be a good experience for the youngster.

South Africa will take Dodd, I was hoping Sifiso was on the scene as he was the only rider I knew from SA.

And finally the one who will annoy a few people is the Indonesian rider Syarifudin who qualified because of some relocation rule. The guy raced in Colombia getting 6th, 6th, 6th in his motos (Out of 6 by the way). Just to add insult to injury he was also 10 seconds behind the guy in 5th. Thats got to annoy some fast riders out there.



Dan ‘Boota’ Sobutta’s SelectionBootaSelection

Not too many surprises in my picks, although picking the 3rd French rider I believe should be on the plane was très difficile. Fan favourite Silvain Andre took a harsh digger out the front door in the TT in Colombia keeping him out the race whilst Jeremy Rencurel took it all the way to the big show landing a 4th…so it would be a kick in the balls to not be on the plane after just turning out such a good performance at the Worlds. Rencurel’s vastly improved form has been the subject of many a Whatsapp group chat in the past two weeks…but that’s none of my business.

Renaud Blanc should be there instead of Graf, because of recent performances i.e 3rd at Manchester World Cup and making the semis at Worlds…and the fact he’s not a bellend.

Matty Cameron booked his place in my eyes for NZ after a stormer at the Worlds, doing it for the old boys!

The arse has fell out of the German squad in recent times, meaning that Julian Schmidt should be on his way. Brethauer was DQ’d apparently at the worlds meaning Schmidt was the only German to reach the 1/4s.

Many of the countries that have qualified one rider are sending utter garbage, christ knows why we need motofill at the O show !

As for the race – My monies on Maris for the 3peat, so he can retire with his smoking hot girlfriend and the dogs. Joris and Liam will round out the podium. Mariana will double up in the ladies, return to Colombia to even more millions and Vincent Pelluard will be a kept man ! #notjealous


Cal Strickland’s selection

USA – 3 riders – For me this one’s easy, Long has already qualified his place, the other 2 should be Sharrah and Fields with no need for a trials race. No other American has made a world cup main for the last 2 years apart from these 3. If Connor’s injury isn’t fully right in time (not likely) I’d stick Upsheezy in there.

Netherlands – 3 riders – Kimmann and Van Gendt are the obvious top 2, it’s between Van Gorkom and Van Der Biezen for the last spot. Both coming back from injuries at the moment, I’d lean towards Biezen as he came from a string of bad results at the beginning of 2012 to being on fire in London winning the time trial and narrowly missing a medal. Maybe he could have done it again.

Australia – 3 riders – Willoughby, Dean, Turner. Juster is finding a bit of form but not enough to break into the team I don’t think, I’d put him as the reserve. It’s a shame Max Cairns has had some bad injuries over the last few years because I think he could have been up there.

France – 3 riders – Daudet and Mir are the standouts. Leaving Rencurel and Andre. Rencurel’s been storming the last few races and Andre was winning the worlds TT before his digger. I can’t choose. France should have 4 places.

Great Britain – 2 riders – Liam, obviously. I personally think Kyle and Tre should have a trial race/dance off/rap battle/fifa match to decide who gets the 2nd spot. You can’t say who would have a better chance of doing better!

Latvia – 2 riders – The Machine is my pick for the win, he’ll be focused. Treimanis has to get the other slot after his 5th at the Worlds. Krigers has been looking alright recently and thought he might be able to sneak in there, but no decent worlds result for him.

Colombia – 2 riders – 2012 bronze medalist Oquendo and Ramirez are both main makers and could put themselves right up there. No one else to consider really. Jiminez has had a good run over the last decade but don’t think he’ll make a third games.

Argentina – 1 rider – they have Marino, Villegas, Torres and Molina. 4 riders who are good enough to be there but I’d send Torres. I can just see him wreaking havoc round that Rio track.

Switzerland – 1 rider – If I was going with my head I’d say Graf, I can see him doing better at Rio than Blanc would but Blanc is so sick it would be awesome to see him get in the final. They both should be there.

Canada – 1 rider – Nyhaug is the no brainer. He is podium material of he has room to thread his way through, which he will have.

New Zealand – Trent Jones has had the most consistent results recently but Matt Cameron’s worlds performance was rad! It would be good to see a 30+er doing well at the Olympics. Jones missed the worlds with an injury so it’s another tough one where they both should get a pop.

Brazil – 1 rider – Rezende in his home country could be a huge spoiler. He can really ride his bike and with the crowd behind him I think he could sneak into the main.

Japan – 1 rider – gotta be Nagasako, he hasn’t been setting the world alight recently but it could be a different story on a track like Rio which suits him down to the ground.

Ecuador – Campo has one of the best first straights in the game when he’s on it. If he puts himself at the front he’ll have a good opportunity. Emilio Falla is the other option but with no telling results recently it has to be Campo.

Russia – 1 rider – the battle of the Evgeny’s will be won by Komarov I think! He has a nippy first straight. He just needs to hold onto it.

Germany – 1 rider – has the national team fallen apart over the last year? They used to be a 5 or 6 man team I’m sure, but I think it’s just between Brethauer and Schmidt now. Brethauer would be my pick, don’t really know why.

Norway – 1 rider – Navrestad had his first ever SX main at Manchester this year. Pretty sure he’s the only world class Norseman these days too. Not olympic medal material in my book but good luck to him.

Venezuela – 1 rider – Who the hell is Jefferson Milano? No idea but he’s fast! First saw this guy taking names at Papendal and he backed it up with a good Worlds showing.

South Africa – 1 rider – I think it was Kyle Dodd who qualified SA’s spot. By rights he should be going, fair play!

Denmark – 1 rider – a few to choose from – Laustsen, Therkelsen, Andreasen, Christensen.. Chris looked like he was coming into some form but didn’t get selected to race the Worlds. He would probably have been my pick. Leaves Laustsen as the logical pick.

Indonesia – 1 rider – literally no idea. Not sure how they got the wildcard spot when Italy could have sent someone like Riccardi who could do alright!


Molly Dobson’s Selection

I feel like the explanation as to why I’ve chosen these people is “i couldn’t decide so I went with who was a bae” which appears to follow suit for around 15/32 hahaha.
USA (3)
Fields was the obvious first choice for USA even though he’s been out with injury, I’m sure he can pull something out the bag come the big day. Corben Sharrah has always been a personal fave and I feel he’s got more to give. Nic Long has always been around but recently seems to be making gains and his podium at the worlds reflected that.
Netherlands (3)
Niek is just unreal like his achievements in the past few years deserve an Olympic medal alone. Dave v.d.Burg is also a big horse with plenty to give and deserves a spot. And Twan I think should also have a spot.
Australia (3)
Sam was the obvious choice for my first spot for Australia being a silver medalist and all. Anthony Dean the big dog because he’s just come back from injury and making semis at the worlds, possibly would have made the final if he didn’t unclip. Bodi I think is the other most consistent Aussie.
France (3)
Even if Rencurel didn’t get W4 in Colombia, I probably still would have said him because he’s hot and still pretty quick hahaha. Joris, obviously a fast one and is going into the Olympics as W1. My last spot was between Amidou Mir and Romain Maheiu but seen as Maheiu has been injured, I’ll choose Amidou based off his consistency, his sick dance moves and the fact he doesn’t take himself too serious.
GB (2)
It’s obvious that prince Phillips will get the first spot. So for the second spot, I’m going to play safe and write Curtis Manaton because he’s got a few ponies and if I write either Tre or Kyle – either one of them will kick off hahaha.
Latvia (2)
 I’m really hoping Maris can do the threepeat. Just purely for the fact I find it hilarious that he’s sitting there with two golds that everyone’s chasing and no one else has got a look in. Rihards Veide takes my second spot for Latvia because he’s always there or there abouts, took a couple of euro wins and is an all round good guy. A lot of love for the Veide.
Colombia (2)
Carlos Ramirez and Carlos Oquendo I think have been the most consistent Colombians across the board.
Argentina (1)
Molina gets my spot for Argentina cos he’s a quick kid and also rides for Stay Strong.
Switzerland (1)
Although I agree that David Graf and Renaud Blanc should both be there. I’m gonna have to choose Graf for his podium in Papendal and he always manages to work his way through the pack, he’s got good race craft and seems like a decent guy – what other pro live streams the worlds from their hotel with their phone standing in a shoe?
Canada (1)
Tory Nyhaug for Canada…cause he’s a bae?
New Zealand (1)
I’m really hoping Trent Jones gets chosen because I made a bet with my dad last year after one of the World Cups that he’s gonna be a dark horse come the Olympics. So I’ll take Trent.
Brazil (1)
Rogerio Reis for me, another SS rider and I haven’t really seen much of Rezende recently.
Japan (1)
Yoshi Nagasako when he has a clean lap can put in a good one, I think he could be one of those that upset a few people.
Ecuador (1)
No brainer, Alfredo Campo. Real good rider but recently hasn’t the results that reflect that. Emilio Falla is the only other rider I know from there but I think I rate Campo more.
Russia (1)
Evgeny Komarov vs Evgeny Kleshenko. I think Komarov gets my vote as I can never tell which one is which but I seem to hear Komarov more on the commentary so I guess that’s a good thing? I’ll go with him…
Germany (1)
Germany used to have a massive squad and now you only really hear of Julian Schmidt, so I’ll take Schmidt as he was the only German to make quarter finals in Colombia. Sehr gut.
Norway (1)
Tore Navrestadt because he made his first World Cup main in Manchester and can be rapid when he puts a decent lap in.
Venezuela (1)
Jefferson Milano because I had to undertake a bit of research when Papendal was on to find out who this quick kid was when his name was appearing at the bottom of the screen. But up until then, I didn’t know a male rider from Venezuela.
South Africa (1)
Going to have to go with Kyle Dodd as I was about to write Sifiso Nhlapo then remembered he doesn’t race anymore.
Denmark (1)
I think Chris Christensens time is coming and he’s been making a lot of gains the last couple of years. I think although Laustsen is wiser and has been around a lot longer than Chris, there are no stand out results for me (that I can remember) that determines who is better and deserves the spot.
Indonesia (1)
As for Indonesia, I can’t actually name a rider. I think the relocation rule  was slightly stupid and should have gone to a more deserving country like Italy and should have sent someone like Riccardi, Furlan or Cristofoli who can all do decent – and they can put in a better lap.











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