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Weight Loss AdviceT34tank
Aug 1, 2003 1:28 AM
I am trying to lose weight to perhaps start racing next seson.

I read recently that Miguel Indurain , who is a couple of inches shorter than me, had an optimum Tour De France weight of around 78 kilos. Eddy Merckx, who was 6', was around the 72 kilo mark, I believe.

Because of my age and lifestyle I am pretty sure that it would be unrealistic to try and get down to these weights, I wonder if anyone could give me an indication of what a target weight would be to be competitive (inexperience, etc. not withstanding) in 4th CAT racing ?

I am 6' 4" (1.93M) and weigh 205 Pounds (93 kilos), and of medium/heavy build. If enter the above details in a Body Mass Indicator calculator, they tell me this is 'desirable', but I know I could do with shedding some more weight
Weight is not the primary factorKerry Irons
Aug 1, 2003 5:17 PM
You will be looking at a lot of other issues besides just weight. However, if you are getting into hilly courses, weight becomes more important. Let's face it, you are tall, and you're never going to be light weight. If you got to 190 lb. you'd be very skinny. Work on your anaerobic systems (intervals) and endurance plus pack riding skills. If you go to bed every night a little hungry, you will arrive at your weight limit in a few months. If you're doing any lifting for your upper body, stop. It just generates muscle that you don't need for cycling and means extra weight to carry.
re: Weight Loss AdviceTheMane
Aug 5, 2003 11:46 AM
Tell ya what, you and I can can average out. I'm 6'3" and weigh about 160lbs and can't get that weight to ever change. Just spent my first year at college eating constantly and didn't gain a single pound. Perhaps we could arrange some sort of trade. ;)
Don't worry...biknben
Aug 8, 2003 5:25 AM
You'll be packing on the pounds soon enough. Then you'll be complaining about how you never put on weight before and how badly you want to get back down to your college weight.

You'll fill in. Don't bother trying to accelerate the process. It will happen on its own. It always does.
Take it from a former MLB'er.Canidraftyou
Aug 7, 2003 10:50 PM
In the off season im as large as 220 lbs. at 5'10". During the race seasons of the past, I've been down to 185, 190 and 195. This year im racing at a more natrual weight for me, 205 lbs. I feel better. I have been over training and putting too much stress on my body trying to be like the others.

If you put too much focus on weight, then you will lose too much strength/power. A large guy is not going to be a great climber anyway, you can be an OK climber. Focus on the races that takes to the style of rider you are. I worked the couple years on my weakness, not so much my stregth. That was a mistake. Joe Friel "The Cycling Bible" tells you to work on the weakness and tone the areas your strong in. That not a quote. I would find out if your a sprinter/TT/ or a multi purpose rider. Don't tell yourself your a multi purpose rider if your not...lol.

One last thing, I dont agree with one of the post, reference to the gym. Do the gym and work the upper body. Just dont work for MASS! You'll need all your muscles for racing...ALL.

"We're big men playing in a little mans sport"

peace out,