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All the air travel is grounded in the UK and northern Europe today, just a week out from the first World Cup race in the UK. Volcanoes tend to last for a while, with 3 races in Europe in the next month (UK, Belgium and Germany), two of them in the next 2 weeks, I wonder if this might affect the North American presence in World Cup races this year and the UCI points standings. The European racers can always take the trains around the continent, but there aren't many alternate air routes to Europe from North America that won't be 10's of hours longer. And of course, if this becomes a persistent volcano, it could affect the European presence at the race at Windham and the World Championships at Mont Sainte Anne.

http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2010/04/15/iceland-ash-airlines.html
 

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I know Catharine flies to Germany first.

Worst case she is driving (which would suck) but she will be there and will be kicking some serious arse :D :D
 

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An ash cloud from a volcano in Iceland that has prompted the closure of airports in parts of Europe could force the grounding of planes for a further 48 hours, a European air traffic official said Thursday.

"The extent is greater than we've ever seen before in the EU," Brian Flynn, deputy head of operations at the air traffic body Eurocontrol, told Reuters.

"The meteorological situation is such that the volcanic ash is progressing very slowly eastwards but there is not a lot of wind …so it is very slow and very dense."

Flynn said it could take another 48 hours for the situation to clear.

The safety risks from the cloud prompted Britain's National Air Traffic Service to ban all non-emergency flights in British airspace until 7 a.m. local time Friday. The ash cloud also forced officials to close airspace in Ireland, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden and Belgium.

France shut down 24 airports, including the main hub of Charles de Gaulle in Paris, and several flights out of the U.S. had to double back.

The National Air Traffic Service said Britain had not halted all flights in its space in living memory, although most flights were grounded after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Heathrow Airport in London was closed by fog for two days in 1952.

In Canada, airline officials are advising passengers that cancellations and delays in Europe will force delays and cancellations in Canada.

Air Canada announced that flights have been cancelled to and from Heathrow, Charles de Gaulle and the Frankfurt airport. Air Transat had cancelled all flights to Heathrow.

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I was just listening to this on the radio and they had a guy on that said two days of eruption would be extraordinary for this volcano. So, hopefully it dies down.
I don't think so. It's already been erupting on a smaller scale since March 21st or so and scientists say it could continue for a long time. There could be many more serious implications than a few missed flights, such as a colder northern hemisphere. They say that when this particular one blows, a nearby, much more massive one , known as Katla will always follow- the questions is just how long we have to wait. A nearby volcano blew in 1783 which caused freezing weather and crop failures all over Europe, and North America's longest and coldest winter ever the following year. Actually, a good volcanic eruption in a remote area like this (instead of a disaster near a populated area like one of the Indonesian volcanoes) is just what the planet needs to slow this global warming fright train a little.
 

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A nearby volcano blew in 1783 which caused freezing weather and crop failures all over Europe, and North America's longest and coldest winter ever the following year.
Are you sure you're not talking about Krakatoa (Opposite side of the world from Iceland) which occurred in (I think) 1883? That caused a multi year drastic global cooling. I don't remember the actual statistics, but it was something on the order of a couple degrees F.
 

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From the CBC news piece...

Scientists said they are monitoring another volcano, Katla, which in the past has erupted in tandem with Eyjafjallajokull.

Katla is under the vast Myrdalsjokull ice cap. Its last major eruption took place in 1918 and experts believe a new blast is overdue.

"So far, there have been no signs of the reawakening of the Katla volcano, but a lot of things can still happen, so we are monitoring it quite closely," Einarsson said.

and from http://iceland.vefur.is/iceland_nature/Volcanoes_in_Iceland/

The 1783 eruption at Laki was the largest single historic eruption of basaltic lava (12 cubic km). Recent eruptions include the 1974-1984 eruption at Krafla, a brief eruption at Hekla in 1991 and again on February 26 2000 and three eruptions at Grimsvotn, in 1996, 1998 and 2004.

ash cloud pretty much covers the early season World Cup circuit

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Slightly off-topic from the Worlds races, but my fiance's father is supposed to be flying from Afghanistan this Sunday for our wedding May 1. His first flight was canceled (Dubai to Washington DC), and every flight he changes to also gets canceled. I really hope this thing "blows over" quickly, as I am going to have a really unhappy bride on my hands otherwise!

Back to races, is there anyway to watch the Worlds races online or some obscure tv sports network in the US?
 

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Southern Europe should still be OK.

Earlier today "Eurocontrol" was quoted estimating that 17,000 out of about 28,000 flights will be canceled in Europe today.
 

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Volcanic Eruption May Impact MTB World Cup

The eruption of Iceland's Volcano Eyjafjallajökull may have a significant impact on the start line for the opening round of the Mountain Bike World Cup next Sunday (April 25th), at Dalby Forest in Yorkshire, England.

With air travel to Europe and within parts of the continent all but shut down due to the volcanic ash in the atmosphere, the impact is already being felt in road racing, as many teams will not be able to field full squads for tomorrow's Amstel Gold ProTour race. Carlos Sastre (Cervélo TestTeam), Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) and Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) are all unable to fly out of their Spanish bases, and will likely miss the race.

For the mountain bike pros, the situation is just as serious, especially with a number of top teams attending Sea Otter in Monterey, California this weekend. All of Specialized (Burry Stander, Christoph Sauser, Lene Byberg, Sam Hill), Luna (Catharine Pendrel), Maxxis-Rocky Mountain (Geoff Kabush, Marie-Helene Premont) and Trek World Racing (Emily Batty, Tracy Moseley, the Flückigers) are at Sea Otter, as well as Downhill world champion Steve Peat (Santa Cruz).

Most of the teams were planning on flying out Monday, but those plans have a good chance of being disrupted at this point. Both Specialized team manager Bobby Behan and Trek's Martin Whiteley say that they are constantly consulting with their travel agents to look at alternatives for getting their riders to Dalby for next weekend.
 

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Press Release - 2010 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup: first round in Great Britain to take place as scheduled this weekend

19.04.2010

The International Cycling Union has announced that the first round of the 2010 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano will take place in Great Britain as scheduled this weekend despite the air traffic difficulties currently being experienced. Teams needing to reorganise their travel arrangements will be able to benefit from information provided by the event's organisers.

The opening round of the Mountain Bike World Cup will take place in Yorkshire Dalby Forest on April 24th and 25th, and will see the best Olympic cross country specialists line up for the honours. The British round is the first in the 2010 series, which will finish on August 28th and 29th in Windham (USA).

More specific information on the Dalby Forest event and transport options can be found on the event website: www.yorkshiremtbworldcup.co.uk
 

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Well it appears that Catharine's flight to Frankfurt is a go.

updated: The plane is in the air. I guess the Specialized team is also on the same plane.
 

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I know it sucks for the racers trying to across the Atlantic, but it sure makes for good twitter following. Normally racers just post "taking a plane to..." But now there seems to be frantic adventures from everyone!

Naef and Hermida's trip is hilarious- waiting on a ferry they go for a ride, Naef endos into the water and loses his garmin.

Paulissen and CFR riders tried to ride their bikes to Rotterdam ferry but got slowed by headwinds, so jumped on a train.
 
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