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Do wrestlers make good cyclists?(17 posts)

Do wrestlers make good cyclists?bigrider
Dec 11, 2002 5:45 AM
I am not talking about mullet headed WWF fans.

Our local club have several individuals who were serious hich school wrestlers and I found all of them to be
competitive
willing to suffer on the bike
cheerful in tough conditions

It appears to me that these guys threshold for pain have been developed to a point where they don't mind suffering and pushing themselves to the max when needed. They all ride well and are tough.

Anyone else find this to be true?
Good observation_sprocket_
Dec 11, 2002 6:15 AM
I think you've made a good observation. I was a serious high school wrestler and have found that the suffering, pain threshold, etc. involved in both are very similar. You're all on your own out on the mat, and it often comes down to who's willing to hurt the most. Same goes for competitive cycling. I have often thought of several of my wrestling buddies that I think would make great cyclists...high strength to weight ratio, tough as nails, etc.
I beg to differ on your wild speculations, sir...eschelon
Dec 11, 2002 6:30 AM
I've been called a fag so many times on my bike with my "tight faggy shorts" wearing self...I'm a fag? Then you think to yourself these insecure closet queers who throw fag tags on everyone else are the ones who like watching all the "fag" sports where these men play some stupid childhood game in tight pants...smacking each other on the asses, playing with themselves on the field while on national TV camera (adjusting their cups)...you know mainstream sports like Football or Baseball...or even wrestling...WWF or the Olympic style...I mean, these guys are "handling" and "embracing" each other in their bikini briefs of various colors, patterns, and cut styles...or the Olympic wrestling folks who sport/flaunt proudly their nationally sanctioned tight spandex short shorts and of all things...instead of wearing their jock straps in their pants, they wear their dual-sided jock straps on the sides of their heads...and the ultimate goal of this "wrestling game" is to make the other "SUBMIT"...I mean, cyclists are the queers because we wear them tight shorts? I mean, I've never smacked another cyclist on his ass because he won the sprint. And cyclists don't "pin down" anyone to the ground nor do they try to make another cyclist "submit" by forceably grabbing someone. I think I got off topic here...
Man, you have some issues. Seek help. (nm)53T
Dec 11, 2002 10:37 AM
Ther are times...merckx56
Dec 11, 2002 6:32 AM
when I'm riding whean I harken back to those dreary days spent in high school, running around the wrestling room. It's usually when I'm in the last hours of a five hour ride and I find myself going on will. Kind of like the last hour of wrestling practice on a wintery saturday morning.
re: Do wrestlers make good cyclists?koala
Dec 11, 2002 6:34 AM
Two other things come to mind having wrestled. Wrestlers have excellent strength to weight ratios and they are exremely well conditioned aerobically or they lose frequently.
Certainly....biknben
Dec 11, 2002 7:14 AM
Their high strength to weight ratio gives them an immediate edge.

They also have great spatial awareness and concentration. Put that together with a willingness to suffer and you're on your way to a podium spot on the bike.
Wrestlers are great athletes overallUprwstsdr
Dec 11, 2002 7:47 AM
I used to play Ultimate Frisbee competitvely (anyone else?)and was always impressed with the other players who also wrestled. They were in great physical condition and were always willing to sacrifice their bodies by laying-out (diving to make a catch or defensive block)without hesitation. Most impressive was the control they had over their bodies while doing this. They were also all quick and tough.
wrestlers?Turtleherder
Dec 11, 2002 7:50 AM
Speaking as a former high school swimmer I found wrestlers to be short, squaty, no neck monsters. Kidding! Actually they all had great leg strength, and an amazing ability to suffer. I always thought wrestlers, especially the lower weight classes, would make great climbers.
wrestlers vs. swimmerswaynebo
Dec 11, 2002 9:35 AM
I also swam in high school and we had a rivalry with the wrasslers. The swimmers, for the most part, were from families that had money (lawyers, physicians, etc--my dad was a steel worker) while the guys that wrestled were more blue collar. Whether this contributed to the rivalry is unknown but here is what would happen. The swimmers are swimming in a 70 degree pool and when we finished and went into the locker room, the wrestlers had created a steam room because they turned all the showers on hot. The last thing a swimmer wants is a steam room and a scalding hot shower. But, back to the question--I don't think their ability to suffer is any greater than any athlete who was also in the suffering aerobic sports like swimming, rowing, x-c skiing/running.
Agreedmadstork
Dec 11, 2002 7:54 AM
You've got something here, bigrider.

I didn't wrestle in high school, but played football and ran track with guys that did, and witnessed their wrestling practices while I played basketball. At that time, I thought they were nuts, starving themselves to meet weight limits, endless pushups and squat thrusts. I respect that now, and yes, I believe they would all make great cyclists because they knew how to suffer both on and off the mat. I saw those guys eat one or two oranges in the morning and then nothing else before a match in the late afternoon just to make the weigh-in.

In fact, one of those guys is a cyclist now. He lives in another state, but I ride with him when he visits my area. Same attitude - ride in any weather, ride all day, never a word of complaint. You're right, bigrider, he enjoys it more when things are tough. Nothing like a guy laughing in the cold rain after 100 miles!
The one big thing that stuck with me after my wrestlingonespeed
Dec 11, 2002 8:11 AM
Is the disregard for the need to drink water. I had a coach that would not allow you to drink water for the entire practice.

That conditioning stuck with me through everything physical I did after that. I have finished centuries on less than 2 bottles of water with no ill effects.
Plus their cauliflower ears are more aero (nm)irregardless
Dec 11, 2002 8:33 AM
sureDougSloan
Dec 11, 2002 8:45 AM
I wrestled in high school; however, I'd think that track and cross country is more similar.

Wrestlers should certainly have edge in holding their head up in a low tuck!

Doug
Nice to see so many former pencil necked geeks on this board,mahoneyjoe
Dec 11, 2002 11:37 AM
really cheers my heart. I was one too about 30 years ago. Don't have much to say about its relation to cycling as I don't ride for competition just to stay in general good shape, but agree about the tolerance for suffering comments though. I also play golf and can say that it helps there for balance and knowing where your body is during a swing.
sumo wrestlers tend to struggle on climbs ...tarwheel
Dec 11, 2002 11:38 AM
they really fly down the hills though
LOL (nm)laffeaux
Dec 11, 2002 12:21 PM