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canadian mt. biker schools the field at redlands(9 posts)

canadian mt. biker schools the field at redlandsdaveb
Mar 15, 2001 9:49 AM
good work rolo!

http://www.velonews.com/race/dom/articles/323.0.html

theres a photo that shows green on a pretty stock looking bike, while everyone else is on special tt rigs.
I wouldn't call that an education...TJeanloz
Mar 15, 2001 10:02 AM
Mountain biker wins a sub 9 minute, uphill time trial. Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't a mountain bike race effectively an uphill time trial with rocks added? It doesn't surprise me that a specialist would win his event- remember Brian Lopes won the street sprints last year (which lead VNews to proclaim him Best Cyclist in the World this month- what a joke).
Brian LopesJ.S.
Mar 15, 2001 10:40 AM
I believe they said best "all around cyclist". Having ridden with Lopes I believe that isn't far off. How many guys do you know that are competitve in 2's on the road, win national caliber races as a xc country expert MTB'r, win world class races in BMX(remember Tom Steels was european champion in BMX)downhill and dual slalom. Also, Roland Green is a ripping cyclist, skinny tires or fat get past the MTB vs Road thing. My friend Floyd started out as a MTB'r and seems to be doing very well with the Mercury road team.
yup - do everythingHank
Mar 15, 2001 11:07 AM
mtb riding made me a much better roadie - a much better descender. And there have been several studies that suggest that top level mtb riders have a smoother, more efficient pedal stroke than top level roadies (this is mentioned in the Friel book).
That is truedaveb
Mar 15, 2001 11:33 AM
I guess that was a little inflammatory! "mtn biker wins 9 min. time trial" just didnt have the ring i was looking for!

you are right, of course, road fitness is not at all like a mountain bike fitness. That is the primary reason i get killed in road races. As for Roland, i guess he will get "sorted out" once the real racing begins. Oh wait...

Im guess im proud of the guy because he's from victoria like me. I saw him a bunch of times this winter on training rides while i was out in the surf. Maybe i should have been on my bike too.
Don't apologize dude.......Largo
Mar 15, 2001 5:17 PM
I think you might have ruffled some roadie feathers, thats all.
Roland is da man, and Allison, Geoff, Gord, etc.
Canada Rules, eh.
Green Again!BipedZed
Mar 15, 2001 5:47 PM
This guy rocks. He won the Redlands TT and is now leading in GC by 42 seconds. Not bad for a "temporary" Postie. The Oak Glen stage will be an interesting one for Frankie Andreau as domestic team director - who rides for who?

I've been watching this guy for several years now and he keeps getting better. Getting the compliment from Armstrong in the 99 Vermont NCS race, silver medal at 2000 World Championships, 2 wins at Redlands (beating a healthy Cadel Evans) going into Napa World Cup...

Keep an eye on this guy.
He's been around for awhile...Stuart Kernaghan
Mar 16, 2001 8:59 AM
Roland has been racing both road and mountain bike for several years. He actually started out as a roadie, and switched to mountain bikes a few years back.

He's quite amazing to watch in person. I saw him race at an international crit held in Victoria, B.C. He double lapped the entire Cat 1 field in both the 1998 and 2000 races.

Go to the CBC web site for a pre-Olympic bio.

I also think Lance's comment about getting Roland on a road bike was unfortunate. Roland can prove himself quite well based on his own merits, rather than having to rely on Lance's somewhat-uninformed comments for support. IMHO...
Hey, more power to himbigdave
Mar 15, 2001 6:09 PM
That's totally cool... incidentally, I'm an American who *loves* BC, so it's nice to see someone from Canada doing well on *any* scene. Helps spice things up a bit.

But let's face it... it's the motor, not the bike. And to win a stage -- any stage, who cares if it's a TT -- at that level means he's got a big-time motor. I wish him well.

And, to top it off, he totally downplayed his race in a typically Canadian way: something to the effect of "well, I need to be on form because the heart of my season's coming up, and this is real early for everyone else." Which may be true in that he is peaking early, but it's also a humble way to say it.

I just discovered who he is by him winning this stage... now I'm interested in seeing him progress because of the performance and the attitude (or lack thereof).

--Dave