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From kind of a cadence would he need?!)(4 posts)

From kind of a cadence would he need?!)hayaku
Feb 20, 2003 1:59 PM
Down by Law: Cipo gets a ticket...On his bike!
By Tim Maloney, European Editor

Italian traffic cops are not that well known for their stringent enforcement of the law, but yesterday on the so-called superstrada, a divided highway from Livorno to Florence, the long arm of the law caught up with World Champion Mario Cipollini. Making final training preparations for his 2003 season debut at Trofeo Luis Puig this weekend, Cipollini & his faithful leadout man Mario "Avvocato" Scirea were motorpacing behind a Smart car driven as usual by Cipo's faithful mechanic Roberto "Carube" Lencioni.

As the Mario & Mario show streaked by the PolStrada (Italy's version of the Highway Patrol) at almost 90/km per hour on their way to the Cascina exit, the PolStrada boys hopped in their blue Alfa 156 station wagon, did a 180 and hit the gumball lights, pulling Mario, Mario & Carube over at the Lavoria exit. They weren't speeding, since the limit on that stretch of superstrada is 110km/h, but bicycles simply are not allowed on the limited access road, not even Cipo!

Although the police seemed somewhat embarrassed by the situation, they still had their quota to meet before the lunch break and a steaming bowl of spaghetti, so both Marios were fined 63 euros each for use of a "mezzo non idoneo" (means of transport not permitted). The PolStrada boys were not too harsh on Cipo. "We're sorry to have to do this, but it's our job." said the cops, and suggested that next time Cipo wanted to use the superstrada, he should request the OK of the regional office of the PolStrada.

This isn't the first time that Cipo has almost been busted for speeding on his bike; at last years Ghent-Wevelgem, he tripped the radar cameras at over 50km/h in the centre of Ostend, Belgium. Instantly recognizable, the Bruges prosecutor wanted to give Cipo a fine of 100 euros for speeding, but the Belgian Justice Minister intervened and Cipo walked. Mario is hoping the Spanish police won't bust him for speeding in the final sprint at Puig, where the World Champ is looking to notch his first win of the 2003 season.

90km/hr! I'm not sure it isn't an exageration but if it is accurate, they must have some serious cadence. Why do it behind a car, raising the speeds to such dangerous levels?

Depends on gearing, but ~160 rpm would do with 53/12...TJeanloz
Feb 20, 2003 2:10 PM
90kph is only around 55mph, which is pretty regularly achieved by a pro peleton with either a descent or stiff tailwind. It's done behind the car to simulate the size draft that a peleton would offer.
I think Cipo rides 54/11. nmSpunout
Feb 21, 2003 4:29 AM
Overspeed trainingPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Feb 21, 2003 12:40 PM
The entire idea is called overspeed training. It is common in running sports by using bungee cords on dry land or in bobsleigh having someone faster than you pushing the sled and you basically just hang on and let your legs bring you up to speed.

For cycling the same idea is used. Basically your producing the same force as you would in a race at say 130 rpm (not sure what road sprinters sprint at cadence wise) but instead with no air resistance you can do 160 rpm. This neurogically gives you that pedalstroke or two advantage you need to win when priming yourself for competition. On the track the same thing is done except behind a motor bike which has a smaller wake behind it so speeds are about 5-10 km/h over what you could do without and are sustainable longer.