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This is what one Clydedale lives for !!(10 posts)

This is what one Clydedale lives for !!t-moore
Apr 26, 2003 11:03 PM
I'm 6'4" and weigh 240lbs and ride a Sora equiped bike. I am doing my solo ride this afternoon. I am about 2/3 through a 20 mi ride when these two guys pull up behind me and go around me. Everyone is vain in a different way. I wear athletic shorts over my cycling shorts and a white tee shirt. At my size, Lycra is not my friend. These guys go by me on expensive bikes, decked out in team jerseys and shorts. I had just been cruising solo before these guys past me, but they got me to pick up my pace. Pretty soon we are rolling pretty good, I am about 10 feet behind them. They pick up the pace to drop me, but I am still hanging with em. I get a little winded, and they put 20 to 30 yards on me. We had a good PULL as a buddy of mine would say. We have been riding for about 10 minutes and they stop pulling away from me, and now they appear winded. They seem to be winded like myself. Several rolling hills are ahead, and I decide to close the gap again.

They are looking over their shoulders, and now I am about 10 feet behind them. They take off again, and I am right on their tail. We hit the first hill, and by now, I am breathing so hard, I am scaring women and children half a mile ahead of us. At this point, I am feeling strong telling myself these guys can be HAD. The lead rider pulls ahead about 15 yards on his buddy and me. 3/4 up the first hill I drop is buddy, and am now 10 feet behind the lead rider. I close within 5 feet of the lead rider, and I am spent. The lead rider can't drop me, and I don't have anything left to try and pass him. His bud is about 30 yards behind us, and I am feeling pretty good about now. The lead rider phone rings, he slows and I slow. Stick a fork in me baby I am done. My exit comes up, and I head back home. What a PULL. I outweighed the the big dogs by 40 to 50lbs, and not only could I hang, I was able to drop one. I do 80% of my rides solo, so I have few riders to compare my fitness to. Today, I could hang with a couple of guys on expensive bikes wearing all the right stuff, and I feel Good...
BRAVO! Its that power to weight ratio!BNA_roadie
Apr 27, 2003 1:57 AM
I especially like to watch them keep up going down the otherside!
re: This is what one Clydedale lives for !!Gazoo
Apr 27, 2003 8:50 AM

and besides even if they had been faster than you...... you could have KRUSHED their skinny little lycra clad bodies if you wanted to.


another Clyde
Suhweeeet post...RLinNH
Apr 27, 2003 1:56 PM
...and congrats on your ride.
what if they were just doing a recovery ride? (nm)ColnagoFE
Apr 28, 2003 10:19 AM
what if they were just doing a recovery ride? (nm)t-moore
Apr 28, 2003 1:36 PM
Intersting thought !! If they were on a recovery ride, they shouldn't have tried to drop me. This is my opinion, anytme you ride an expensive bike, wearing the full racerware, in a area populated my cyclist. People wonder what ya got under the hood..

No different than when a youngster in a Vette or Mustang GT pulls up to me in my Porsche. At the stop light, or on the road, they all want to know, is if for show or is it for go...
I hate it when someoneelviento
Apr 29, 2003 7:10 AM
gets into a competitive mode, sucks my wheel for 5 miles and unilaterally decide to end the competition 10 seconds after he passes after all the wheelsucking. Don't forget sucking wheel is MUCH easier than leading at the same speed. So you probabaly were still weaker than they were. Besides, how much did you ride that way? Like 5-6 bulls**t miles? Unless you are a track rider, bike rides are about longer distances. Next time go riding in a pack and try leading the pack. You will know how much harder it is to be at the front.

By your logic, if the guy had on a less colorful jersey, you would have felt less proud, right?

For what it's worth, they had more expensive bike maybe simply because they make more money than you do.
Thanks for the reponse to the post..t-moore
Apr 29, 2003 12:07 PM
I use these boards for entertainment and information. As with most physical endeavors, the best way to improve your game/abilities is to surround yourself around those that are better than you are. Having only been cycling for 6 mos, to me it appears that being heavy/cydesdale is almost aways a insurmountalbe disadvantage. I'm 240lbs, and to the best of my knowledge, you don't have many if any competitive cyclist/runners at or above 225lbs. I could be wrong.

I don't know what wheelsucking means, but if riding 10 to 15 feet behind someone is wheelsucking, I am guilty. When I have read posts on drafting, they mention 1 to 2 feet, and the diminishing returns on being 4 or more feet behind. I wouldn't draft off of anyone I didn't know. To me, riding less than 10 feet behind someone for an extented period of time, is intruding on their personal space.

One thing we can agree on, is that I am Supposed To Be Weaker than they were. That's the point, I was on inferior equipment, and I outweighted them by 50 to 60lbs. My work allows me to knock off 20mi first thing in the morning, Monday-Friday. For a fat f**k, I am in decent shape and have great stamina. My ride was winding down when they passed me. It was only because of them, that I greatly picked up the pace and intensity of the last leg of my workout. I wish I could thank them.

I will have to start a post on wheelsucking, because I don't want to piss anybody off....Thanks again
Cycling definition of a clydesdaleKristin
Apr 29, 2003 12:26 PM
There is a cycling term called Clydesdale or Deisel which refers to guys who can pull a group of other riders for very long distances. Part of it has to do with size. Tall, large framed guys create a huge draft that is easy for a rider to stay inside. The other parts are steadiness, speed and stamina. Clydesdales are Smooooooth. There line doesn't waver, their agility is impecable, and they navigate well. Clydesdales can lead a group of riders safely across 4 lanes of rush hour traffic in Atlanta in a blizzard, and make it look easy! Clydesdales can go forever at an steady pace and do not waver. You never hear a Clydesdale whine because they had to pull for too long; but several have been known to whine that they didn't pull long enough.
Thanks for the post Kristint-moore
Apr 29, 2003 1:31 PM
Had no idea of the definition of the Clydedales. The post I have read, have delt with size and weight. I had been missing out on the most redeeming qualities of the Clydesdale's.

I guess that makes me a Clydesdale wanna be. I am probably 20 to 25 lbs away from being able to perform the Clydesdale duties....