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What kind of cyclist makes the best runner? and visa versa?(2 posts)

What kind of cyclist makes the best runner? and visa versa?Seltzer Racer
Mar 21, 2001 1:18 PM
I was thinking this, I had been cycling alot in the fall, but I had a hard time getting into running in the winter which brings me to the question: what kind of cyclist makes the best runner, and what kind of runner makes the best cyclist?

Granted there are diffrent types of riders, sprinters, guys for the hills, and just guys overall, what do you say overall and why?

Could you put a world class marathon runner on a bike, come back a year later and have an amazing cyclist? On the reverse, do you think you could take the racers of the TDF off their bikes and have a champanionship running team?

How fast do you think Lance could run the NYC marathon? A 5000m? an 800m? a 200m? or a 55?

I'd be intersted in the responses.

-John
Lance was once a Tri-Athlete ...Breck
Mar 26, 2001 7:15 PM
The simple answer here is no. Elite athletes in any event do not cross over. Current world class marathoners are Kenyans from the Rift Valley. Running is not a team event though the more gifted among the Track Clubs such as the San Diego Track Club will form a "team" for points in some events.
Running does not involve drafting, or so called "team tactics" as found in one day classic bike races such as Paris-Roubaix, or multi day stage races or Tours such as the Giro. In running all the weight is supported by one foot; each foot landing brings to bear about 3 times the runners weight for the calf muscles to lift back off again. Slow and heavier runners land back towards or on the heel; faster and lighter runners land mid-foot; sprinters almost on their toes. Very fast runners such as Carl Lewis are well muscled, low body fat and can not be competitive in a mile. Middle to long distance runners are lightly muscled and low body fat and can not be made into sprinters.
Elite bike riders, such as Sean Kelly was, tend to have well developed quads; more body weight because of it. Some elite bikers don't tend to show the big quads but never the less are about 10% or more heavier than a similarly gifted runner. Mountain specialists such as Pantani would be the exception. The most successful bi-athletes such as Kenny Souza were stand out runners before adding the biking. Even Frank Shorter did the now defunct Desert Princess as his running ability declined.
Try this your self. Next week end show up and run a 10K. It's easy as buy the $50 shoes; pay the fee on arrival; ,jump in with all the rest; go for it. No Card required; you come in first, you win. On the other hand runners need to pay the Card fee, birth certificate required; get a bike maybe $700; get "cat"-a-gorized; find a team or go solo(!); have no clue what's going on other than getting dropped big time, maybe coming in dead last or close to it. No team member will help you. You have a shitt load to learn.
Am 58 years old can finish in the top three to five at most local running events, 10K thru 25K. My first 40K official bike race at 50, finished far far back in the pack. My hat's off to bike racers. It is a discipline requires a large bag of "tricks". Maybe will opt for ITT's this year ... there us more on the running side of the equation stand some small chance of not coming in dead last.
cheers, bgcc