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Is Lance a freak?(11 posts)

Is Lance a freak?js5280
Aug 19, 2002 10:24 AM
Here's the list of physiological advantages I've heard so far about Lance. He's got a heart 1/3 larger than the average person, the VO2 Max of a zeppelin, processes lactic acid faster than a politician can spend money, a 32-34 resting heart beat, long femurs, and capable of putting out 600 watts of power to pedals. This does make him a bit of a biological oddity but perfectly suited for cycling.

Do you think the others in the professional peloton have similar genetic physiological advantages? Has professional cycling reached a level in that genetics now determines who's best and not necessarily who has the best conditioning? Lastly, do you think Luke, Grace, and/or Isabelle will be heirs to Lance's incredible physiological performance advantages?
and the answer is.....african
Aug 19, 2002 10:32 AM
YES
or better yet....african
Aug 19, 2002 10:37 AM
The one on the left can eat an apple through a tennis raquet.

YES he is a FREAK! Look at the hat!
Ah, the silly San Sebastian Txapela hat! -nmTig
Aug 19, 2002 2:04 PM
re: Is Lance a freak?aliensporebomb
Aug 19, 2002 11:58 AM
Scary. Luke, Grace and Isabelle decide to start their own
kiddie peloton and crush the schoolyard with their genetic
superiority.
re: Is Lance a freak?Jon Billheimer
Aug 19, 2002 12:04 PM
Genetics are always 95% of the performance equation. Lance and Indurain both have aerobic engines of a similar magnitude, which is why Lance will become only the 2nd person to win five successive Tours, IMHO.
Secretariat reincarnated as a human... nmfbg111
Aug 19, 2002 2:15 PM
re: Is Lance a freak?koala
Aug 19, 2002 6:05 PM
Yes, and he works harder than anyone else-imagine if he had gotten and recovered from cancer years earlier-7 or8 tours?
He started out at an early age too.Marcocyclo
Aug 20, 2002 4:26 AM
This is an interesting side note: My son, 17yo cyclist, almost did not have surgery earlier this year because in pre-op exam his heart rate was 41bpm. Don't know what his rate would have been if he had not been nervous that day. Anyway had to reassure the doc that this was normal for my son before they would do the operation. They are just so use to seeing overweight unhealthy patients, they don't know what to think.

I think a lot of Lances advantages were developed as a kid too. He spent a lot of time training, racing, swimming, running at an early age.
He started out at an early age too.aliensporebomb
Aug 20, 2002 9:36 AM
Right. You have to take into account the many hours he
rode bikes before he even went competive. Like many kids
of the sixties and seventies, growing up on a bike was
simply part of the experience and he probably did it more
than most.

It's only natural that he took what talent he had and now
it's developed into the total package.

Wish I could ride like he can one day, just for an hour or so.
re: Is Lance a freak?W6UV
Aug 20, 2002 3:48 PM
Lastly, do you think Luke, Grace, and/or Isabelle will be heirs to Lance's incredible physiological performance advantages?

Not necessarily. Look at Axel Merckx--he's a good rider, but not in the same league as his old man.