Online horse racing, cycling this weekend


This 6 February 2020 video from Belgium about cycling is called Tour of Flanders 2020 – Course Elite Men.

Wikipedia writes:

2020 Tour of Flanders

The race was scheduled to be held on 5 April 2020 in Belgium, serving as the 14th event of the 2020 UCI World Tour, but was postponed due to the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic.

However, on 2 April the organisers wrote there would be a Tour of Flanders after all. By professional cyclists on their home trainers at home, online. The participants will ride a virtual rendition of the hilly last 32 kilometres of the race.

On Sunday 5 April, 15:30, this virtual cycling race will start on the Internet and on Belgian TV. 13 cyclists will participate, including Belgian Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet, Wout van Aert, Italian Alberto Bettiol who won last year, and Dutch Tour de France stage winner Mike Teunissen.

Then, there is this tweet from Britain.

Dutch NOS radio says today (translated):

The most famous and most iconic horse race in the world will be held on Saturday, but then via an animation. The virtual version of the Grand National is even broadcast live on television.

And – as usual with a serious horse race – you can also bet on that. This time, the proceeds will go to fighting the coronavirus.

Due to the coronavirus, the 173rd edition of the event, which is held annually at Aintree Racecourse near Liverpool, drew 700 million viewers and is part of British culture last month, was canceled.

Virtual race result often equal to real race

The virtual race has been held since 2017 to get an indication of the real race. “Using the most modern technology and algorithms, we ask the computer to make history,” said producer Rob McLoughlin. …

Forty horses are participating in this year’s virtual race. It is mainly horses that would also participate in the real race. Eg, Tiger Roll, the winner of the past two editions.

UPDATE: Virtual Grand National 2020: Potters Corner takes victory – as it happened: here.

There was also a unique participant: Red Rum. That horse died in 1995 and, together with Tiger Roll, is the only horse that has won the Grand National twice in a row (in 1973 and 1974). So now they are competing against each other for the first time.

Contrary to the dead horse Red Rum in the 2020 Grand National, there will be no dead cyclists participating in the 2020 online home trainer Tour of Flanders. So, no chance for Achiel Buysse (1918-1084; winner in 1940, 1941 and 1943); Jaap Eden (1873-1925); Fausto Coppi; Jacques Anquetil or others.

Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award, thank you Charlotte!


Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award

Thanks to my blogging friend Charlotte, of The Inspired Page blog, for the Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award! It is a new award for me.

The RULES of this award are:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Post the award logo.
  • Post the rules.
  • Nominate up to 20-30 other bloggers and notify them.
  • Notify Vincent of your nomination, via comment.
  • After notifying Vincent, he’ll check out your blog, follow and give you your unique award for the good work on your blog.
  • Like Kim said in her original post, we’re not sure if we are supposed to add a list of questions the nominees are supposed to answer, but I guess I’ll do it.

Here are Charlotte’s questions and my answers:

1. Do you have long or short hair? At the moment, short.

2. Fantasy or Historic Fiction? At the moment, historic fiction, as I am writing some of it 🙂

3. What book do you like a lot, but you dislike the author, because of background, etc.

Gertrude Stein is a good poetess, but played a bad pro-fascist role during World War II.

4. Have you ever watched a movie that was better than the story that it was based on?

No.

5. If you could visit one place in the world right now where would it be?

Antarctica, about which I have good memories.

My questions to my nominees are the same as Charlotte’s questions.

My 21 nominees are:

1. Rewind Selector

2. Brothers’ Campfire

3. Murshid_Akram 20

4. Famous IDeas

5. Gia’s Experience

6. deventuretime

7. African Heritage

8. Arlen Shahverdyan’s Literary blog

9. It Is What It Is

10. Lucas Dewaele, dagboek

11. swo8

12. Voyage Onirique

13. Ecological and biological life

14. Intellectual Shaman

15. The Keystone Girl Blogs

16. THE CITY GAZER

17. Share Your Light

18. FrejaTravels

19. Lady Budd

20. Rebus Photography

21. TwinMirrors

Real Neat Blog Award, congratulations, 16 nominees!


Real Neat Blog Award

Late in 2014, I made this new award: the Real Neat Blog Award. There are so many bloggers whose blogs deserve more attention. So, I will try to do something about that 🙂

It is the first award that I ever made. I did some computer graphics years ago, before I started blogging; but my computer drawing had become rusty 🙂

The ‘rules’ of the Real Neat Blog Award are: (feel free not to act upon them if you don’t have time; or don’t accept awards; etc.):

1. Put the award logo on your blog.

2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.

4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs; and asking them seven questions.

5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

My seven questions are:

1. Where do most visits to your blog come from?

2. What is your favourite sport?

3. What has been a special moment for you so far in 2020?

4. What is your favourite quote?

5. What was your favourite class when still at school?

6. Anything you had wished to have learned earlier?

7. What musical instrument have you tried to play?

My nominees are:

1. Mizspellt wurdz

2. Take a Shot -Facing Bipolar, Depression, Anxiety and Suicide

3. GOT NAJAF’S BLOG

4. Escribir sobre la punta de la i

5. Music Politics Sports

6. Artistcoveries

7. THE FLENSBURG FILES

8. The Immortal Jukebox

9. Gadhanevaala- The storyteller

10. Scroll Down – Read Things – Love ‘em

11. Levine Lowdown

12. We Liked Food Related

13. Coach Your Tribe

14. Politics Unraveled

15. Didis Art Design

16. Evermore Designs By Lyn

Bee Love Award, thank you Rachana Dhaka!


Bee Love Award

Thank you so much, dear Rachana Dhaka, for nominating Dear Kitty. Some blog for the Bee Love Award!

This beautiful award is new for me. Though bees are not new on this blog.

The rules are:

1. Attach the Bee Love Logo on top.
2. Ping back to Rachana Dhaka.
3. Thank your fellow blogger who nominated you.
4. Nominate fellow bloggers. And tell them on their blogs that they have been nominated.

My nominees are:

1. Arlen Shahverdyan’s Literary blog
2. It Is What It Is
3. JSC: Jamaicans in Solidarity with Cuba
4. Reaching Joy
5. Sharmishtha Basu
6. Flyhiee.com
7. WOMAVES
8. Serene Words
9. Creative Imaginarium
10. Glover Gardens
11. Rochelle Asquith
12. shakzdyer