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One of these days I'll go up Ventoux just to see how........(4 posts)

One of these days I'll go up Ventoux just to see how........chopper
Aug 13, 2002 8:41 AM
impressive this is:

Lance Armstrong (US Postal) didn't leave anything to chance at this year's Tour of France, the number one objective of his season.

For the 2002 Tour, Japanese manufacturer Shimano built him a special cassette with 22 teeth that was non-existent before this time. Armstrong used this cassette on the Ventoux stage. Last year, Armstrong had complained that he had changed between the 21 and the 23 without finding a good rhythm.

Also, another example of Lance's "stock bike"
Aug 13, 2002 8:48 AM
But before you ride the hill, ride a century a day, with a time trial or two, for two weeks, then 90 miles that day before getting to the hill.

I bet I could not find a good rythm with a 21 or 23 tooth cog, either. My rpms would be about 20. :-)

20rpm?! How do you spin THAT fast up that hill? (nm)gogene
Aug 13, 2002 3:51 PM
I rode up the same day as Virenque, Lance et al. . . butDCW
Aug 13, 2002 6:05 PM
in the four hours before they arrived, the gradient must have eased, because it took them half the time it took me (almost 2 hours). I spent a lot of time in my 27 and 29, especially on the 16% portions. There were moments when, had I been on video, it would have looked a lot like a track stand. I shifted into the big ring at the big screen, 7 klicks from the top, where it "levels" a bit, just so I could say I had.

Alpe d'Huez, which I rode on the next rest day, seemed like a piece of cake after that.

I recommend Mont Ventoux to anyone who needs a cycling humility lesson.