How do the cycling people rate outdoor performances against one another. It's not science, in many cases they don't eve look at the race performances, they look at power outputs and other non result based figures.
They can do this because THERE ARE NO QUALIFYING STANDARDS IN CYCLING!!!!!!!
I isn't comparable at all. It's like selecting shot putter s on who can bench press the most or steeplechasers on who has the best VO2 max. We don't do that in athletics because we have tape measures and stopwatches and standards that have to be achieved.
The idea that cycling wouldn't accept a trials being at an arena that wasn't ideal is ridiculous, primarily because they DO NOT HAVE ANY TRIALS!!!! The purpose of the trials is to pit the top athletes against eachother to see who does best. There are no baramatric readings or allowances for differing venues. They all throw at the same venue in the same comp and the only comparison that matters is with the people they are competing against that day. Getting the standard is not restricted to this particular day. They don't need to look at whether this wind reading or altitude made a difference ,you achieve the qualifying standards and beat the opposition in the trials you go, simple.