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Weight loss(8 posts)

Weight lossdave_w
Sep 11, 2002 10:56 AM
Velonews mentioned in passing that Oscar Sevilla comes into the vuelta 7 kilos lighter than the TDF, now at 132#. That seems huge to me! How does one lose over 10% of their body mass when you would think he was already lean for the TDF? Did he get sick or something? Effect on performance?
remember he did drop out of the Tour on stage 16 nmcollinsc
Sep 11, 2002 11:05 AM
Phil and Paul mentioned it tooMcAndrus
Sep 11, 2002 11:12 AM
And I wondered the same thing. I can't imagine myself losing 15.4 pounds in six weeks. I suppose it's possible but how can you maintain your cycling strength losing weight that quickly?

But hey, who am I to question? He looked pretty strong in that breakaway a couple of days ago.
Interesting --Gregory Taylor
Sep 11, 2002 12:05 PM
I read an article a couple of years ago about the extreme stress that a cyclist's body goes through during a three-week tour. The factoid that I took away from it was that these events are so extreme that cyclists actually suffer a significant reduction in their bone marrow mass/density.
They must be in mega cardio shape from a tourMaartin
Sep 11, 2002 1:02 PM
After racing the tour how can you get in better cardio shape. I still can not believe pros can go 3 weeks at that speed and level. It is amazing.
So you're saying that racing The Tour is unhealthy?Kristin
Sep 12, 2002 10:09 AM
There was a discussion here some time ago about a study that showed that pro-cyclists don't live as long as the "norm." And I've read a couple articles that speak about some of these negative things that happen to a riders body when he/she pushes to an extreme. There seems to be an invisible line in cycling that separates riding that is good for the body and riding that is bad for it. Most people on the street would believe that pro-cyclists are some of the healthiest people on the planet. Do you think this is true or not?
I'm betting he used some "supplemetation"jeph
Sep 11, 2002 2:27 PM
If one were inclined to take anabolic steroids, metabolic rate increasers, etc., 16 lbs in six weeks is nothing. And lean body mass would be spared.
I'm betting he used some "supplemetation"rbb
Sep 12, 2002 7:08 AM
-Or maybe the 6-8hours a day on the bike had something to do with it after riding 16stages of the tour!!
Sorry but it seems too many people point the finger at doping, supplementation before knowing the facts! Let's not sound like the people on Mt. Ventoux shouting at Lance, perhaps the guy was on some strict diet to lighten his load in preparation for the tours, you know, maybe he thought that extra 15lbs was what killed him in the tour!?
I'm not flaming at anyone but let's not see this get into the "who's doping game". Sorry if I offended anyone, but this is just one guy's humble opinion. thanks