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Damn you big guys(7 posts)

Damn you big guysmduell
Apr 29, 2002 6:56 PM
Last weekend I did the 75mi Top Hat Classic, which was a ton of fun (even if i missed my goal time by an hour... oh well, thats what next year is for). But I noticed something: all the rest of the little guys (<150lb) and I got our arses whipped on the climbs. WHY? Simple physics says that we should rip up the climbs, and be slower on the flats (inertia, and all that). But no, 230lb riders would fly past my sorry butt on the climbs.

Mark Duell
re: Damn the big guys later in the season!guido
Apr 29, 2002 9:08 PM
And drop them on the climbs, the longer ones that is.

These guys are probably just powering up those little rises with their big muscles from winter, but remember, "As endurance goes up, strength goes down." Or translated, they'll get tired and have to slack off before you do. A lighter guy with strong legs has less to lift.

Once you get stronger, these 230 lb riders are history. They may charge up the bottoms of the hills, but you'll drop them just before the tops.

The season is just beginning.
Remember to be nice on the hills or...aet
Apr 30, 2002 7:37 AM
we won't let you tag along on the flats.
Heh heh heh.....muncher
Apr 30, 2002 8:05 AM
I really like that story. I'm going to try to remember it every time I get whopped up a hill buy some guy with less meat on that a butcher's pencil for the next 5 months of the season...
Heh heh heh.....Indiana Rider
Apr 30, 2002 10:17 AM
I come in at 220 and get kicked by both.
re: Damn you big guysCliff Oates
Apr 30, 2002 6:13 PM
There aren't a whole lot of flat spots on that ride until you get to Danville/San Ramon Valley/Foothill Blvd. I've grown to hate Reliez Valley/Reliez Station Road. In any case, I was up in Chico riding in the rain last weekend. The big guys were whooping your butt, you say? I'm thinking it's a training thing...
The big guys probably have longer legs = better leverageGlowBoy
May 1, 2002 12:34 PM
I'm short AND stocky, so I get dropped all the time on climbs. But since I'm the same weight as a lot of taller guys - and a LOT more aero - I kick some of their butts on the other side.

- Dan