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- 25's & 23's and "riding like a sighteeing amateur" -(5 posts)

- 25's & 23's and "riding like a sighteeing amateur" -Fausto
Sep 13, 2002 12:53 PM
Oscar Sevilla, the Kelme-Costa Blanca rider, admitted to having made the wrong choice of gears for the final climb. As he explained, "if I'd fitted a 25 sprocket instead of the 23 I used, I wouldn't have had such a hard time during the climb". "El País" newspaper also reported on Sevilla's mistake, which was repeated by former leader Mikel Zarrabeitia. The newspaper reported, "when Zarrabeitia told his team director that he wished to fit a 25 sprocket to his bike, Sáiz inquired as to where the rider intended to go with such a large sprocket, reminding Zarrabeitia that he was a professional
cyclist and not a sightseeing amateur". The newspaper also stated, "Heras, who has learned from Armstrong's light style, used a 25".
why Sáiz can't win grand tours...mr_spin
Sep 13, 2002 1:12 PM
If Saiz was less concerned with image, he might actually win a grand tour. I'll bet Johan Bruyneel didn't even ask Heras what cassette he was using. Heras had ridden the climb twice before and he knew what he needed. Sevilla had ridden it before, too.
re: - 25's & 23's and "riding like a sighteeing amateur" -desmo
Sep 13, 2002 6:32 PM
hey it's good to know the pros can be as retarded as some of the amateur racers I know. we have an end of the season hillclimb here that I usually throw on a 12-29 for. looks weenie as hell but last year was great as I reeled in and spun by a couple of the local crit-kings I could never beat on a circuit race, as they struggled up at zero cadence in their 21's or 23's.
re: - 25's & 23's and "riding like a sighteeing amateur" -Thorman
Sep 14, 2002 3:36 AM
I don't understand all this macho BS about a guy using a big gear to climb. I use a 25 and have no problem admitting it. It's not what gearing you use that counts it's who finishes first!
re: - 25's & 23's and "riding like a sighteeing amateur" -Spunout
Sep 14, 2002 3:48 AM
I just read that article! Great!

I'm not such a Fred with my 13-29 Chorus set-up. I always ride this, because I always ride the hills. In a criterium, I still have a 13-17 straight block so why change??

Being caught without the right gears is more difficult than having one to spare! Lance and Roberto are right, it is much easier to jump off the top of a climb if you are already spinning and not mashing.