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how big is the biggest pro rider(24 posts)

how big is the biggest pro riderjust wondering
May 15, 2001 1:11 AM
I was talking with a friend the other day and we got onto the subjust of how big the biggest riders are. We were wondering tallest and/or heaviest. I figured someone here would know.

re: how big is the biggest pro riderBrit Racer
May 15, 2001 4:15 AM
Eros Poli who rode for several teams including Mercatone Uno and Gan/CA is 6'5" and weighed around 190...

He won one of the biggest Alpine stages a few years back - got a big lead on the run up to the mountain, lost loads of time up it but managed to hold off the 'pack'
Mountain was Mount Ventoux (nm)zelig1
May 15, 2001 4:37 AM
6'5"& 190lbs?Largo
May 15, 2001 6:34 AM
The guy must have been a skeleton.
I'm 6'6" and 220 and there is no way i could get down to 190, or even 200.
It all comes down to power to weight ratio. If your strong/fit enough, size won't make that big a difference, up to a point.
I can smoke alot of smaller riders on long climbs, and larger riders usually do better in TTs.
In the pro's, where everything is relativeley equal, the little climbers, like the Kelme' boys, just fly up the really steep horror shows like you get in the Vuelta, but you don't see them anywhere else.
6'5"& 190lbs?Willy D.
May 15, 2001 4:33 PM
6'5"/190 is no skeleton...the guys was pretty thick.
I'm 6'4"/165, granted i'm pretty lean, but 190 is definitely not a skeleton.
ok, so i'm exagerating.......Largo
May 15, 2001 9:44 PM
Dude,at 6'4" and 165, you are definately not presenting much surface area for the wind to hit.
You would definatley be a climber, no?
Guess we are all slaves to our genetics.
I'm about 8%bf, and the last time i saw 200 was in high school.
But i love hills, maybe i'm screwed in the head.
6'5"& 190lbs?StewK
May 16, 2001 3:46 AM
Agreed. I'm just under 6'5" and weigh about 182. I want to get down to 175. I too am thin, but not a skeleton. On days I don't ride, I lift weights. I wear X-large sport shirts and I'm a perfect fit in a 42XL sport jacket My body type is such that I have two choices, thin without a gut, thin with a gut. I prefer thin without a gut.
bigger ridersnuke
May 15, 2001 6:18 AM
So it would seem to say that the heavier riders simply cannot keep the same pace as their lighter counterparts in climbs. Meaning that if they were to come out even, then they have to be ahead somewhere, either the race to the hill or the downside of it.

As a heavier than average rider, that gives me pause to consider that I will simply not be as fast as someone of my equivalent speed on the flats when it comes to hills. Of course, I've already noticed this in races where hills can drop me off the back. Sounds like the only way I can be as fast as my lighter counterparts is to be stronger than them...period. (of course there are limits to that also)
Climbing philosophyJonathan Zook
May 15, 2001 7:50 AM
Not true. As was reiterated by Largo, climbing is all about strength to weight ratios. If you consider some of the winners of the big three tours, there have been some big riders who have dominated the events. Merckx was no small man, and he flew up the climbs in his racing prime. Even Lucien Van Impe (one of the best pure climbers in cycling history) had difficulty staying on Merckx's wheel. Indurain, too, was very good in the mountains. Lance is also a taller rider. When a big rider has this ability to climb, its nearly impossible to beat them in a stage race, because they CAN descend fast and they CAN TT fast, unlike the little pure climbers. So don't loose hope on the climbing, just keep increasing the strength and the technique.
The scary thing is that I'm 5'11", 150lbs and would beJ.S.
May 15, 2001 10:52 AM
considered a bigger pro rider. My riding buddies give me grief about being "light" but I would be considered an all arounder in the pro peleton, much like Lance or Ullrich. This reallly suprised me when I started checking pro riders heights and weights, they seem much larger on TV.
Climbing philosophymilsk8
May 17, 2001 6:09 PM
Climbing is mostly about lung capacity and VO2 max. Big lungs=good.
Ok, how small is the smallest pro rider?Jim Burton
May 15, 2001 7:55 AM
Please tell me there is a sport, other than quarter horse racing, that being small is an advantage!!!
Possibly David Extebarria of Euskadi (form. of ONCE)boy nigel
May 15, 2001 9:07 AM
He rode a Small (possibly an extra-small custom-sized) Giant TCR when on ONCE the last couple of years. He was the only one of the "leaders" on the team without someone to give him a backup bike if he needed one, since he was the shortest around. I read that he's either 5'4 or 5'5 and weighs in the mid-120s, poundwise.

Pantani's supposedly about 125 as well, and is probably about the same height as Extebarria, too.
A few otherszelig1
May 15, 2001 10:56 AM
Lanfranchi of Mapei, Piepoli of iBanesto and Simoni of Lampre. There was also a Kelme rider that was in on the break during Stage 4 of the Tour of Romandy whose name I forgot and unfortunately I erased the Stage. He was riding a compact frame and the head tube looked to be about the size for a normal 50-52cm frame.
Little Migclimbo
May 15, 2001 11:44 AM
supposedly 115 lbs and about 5" 2". MTB'er but he would kick some butt on the road too.
Big Migmilsk8
May 17, 2001 6:13 PM
I read that Indurain was 180-190lbs. and 6'2"-6'3"
Paintballing? (nm)muncher
May 15, 2001 10:13 AM
Re: Paintballing? (nm)Jim Burton
May 15, 2001 11:04 AM
Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha,....(infinitum sarcastic laugh).
Yeah - or thin ice skating...muncher
May 15, 2001 11:09 AM
Yeah - Jim wanted a sport where small is good. Not a lot springs to mind, but it must be an advantage in paintballing - less target area...

How about think ice skating?
That's right, guys...pick on the little guy!!Jim Burton
May 15, 2001 11:21 AM
I'd like to get you all on a long hill somewhere!!!
distance running...Kinglouie
May 15, 2001 3:17 PM
You'll never see "Sumo" types in that category.
Ok, how small is the smallest pro rider?milsk8
May 17, 2001 6:10 PM
Virenque weighs about 110-115lbs.
Ok, how small is the smallest pro rider?milsk8
May 17, 2001 6:11 PM
120 at most & Pantani weighs 130-135.
Magnus Backstedt of Credit AgricoleJ.S.
May 15, 2001 9:29 AM
Is 1.93 meter , 90Kg