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Are there tall or "larger" racers out there or do smaller...(9 posts)

Are there tall or "larger" racers out there or do smaller...surf
Mar 25, 2002 1:39 PM
Are there any tall or "larger" pros out there or is road racing suited for smaller more aero/efficient people. I'm about 6-2 185 and do not plan on getting really serious but I thought I would ask. I notice that all the good triathletes and roadies are pretty small (about 5-8 to 5-10 and around 155 or so.
Quite a few,TJeanloz
Mar 25, 2002 1:43 PM
Magnus Backstedt (if he's still racing) is pretty big- probably ~6'4", Christian VandeVelde also isn't small. Good time-trialists tend to be big guys.
re: Are there tall or "larger" racers out there or do smaller...pony
Mar 25, 2002 1:57 PM
Riders from USPS:

George Hincapie 6'3 170 lbs
Michael Barry 6'2 155 lbs
Tom Boonen 6'4 176 lbs
Gianpaolo Mondini 6'3 181 lbs
Pavel Pardrnos 6'3 179 lbs
Cippo is 6'2" but smaller riders are more aero and efficient. nmBruno
Mar 25, 2002 2:28 PM
Not really. The frontal area of the riders vs the power outputPack Meat
Mar 25, 2002 3:25 PM
favors larger, more powerful, riders on the flats. Yes the frontal area for taller riders is larger but the potential power output do to longer levers and lung capacity more than makes up for the increased resistance. The increased potential power of the larger rider allows for greater speeds as wind resistance increases.

Obviously, when the road turns up the size advantage shifts in favor of the smaller rider that has a greater power to weight ratio. Wind resistance isn't as much of a factor when you're going up.
and sincecyclopathic
Mar 25, 2002 4:50 PM
you don't see insane (20%) grades often road "optimal" weight tend to fall into 145-165lbs range.
For comparrison elite mtb racers are under 120lbs and elite trackies are pushing 200+lbs.
re: Are there tall or "larger" racers out there or do smaller...elviento
Mar 25, 2002 5:43 PM
How can you guys leave out the "Big Mig"? He was 6'+ and around 170-190lbs during his career. Obviously it didn't slow him down.
Of course his weight slowed him down in the mountains.Alex-in-Evanston
Mar 26, 2002 6:43 AM
That's what makes it all the more amazing.

Alex
how big was Eros Poli?Alexx
Mar 25, 2002 6:25 PM
I remember watching him tear up the Pyrennes once, about 10 years ago on the TdF. Nobody could touch him in the mountains.