Yeah, I love the data. More is better! And yeah, these dudes are AMAZING!
that's kph, not mph
I hiked around PineCrest Lake, Sierra's a couple weeks ago. Rocky hike, up and down but only 4 miles. I met a guy out there with his dog and he said the dog pulled him up the rocks and uphills.Was the dog pulling her? If so, maybe you don't want to give up so soon. :hand:
So what should the average working guy, getting middle aged and gaining weight, look forward to in his training for fitness and health? Is 6-8 mph reasonable on those 10% grades? For how long? Anyone ridden up a substantial climb on a club ride at 12-14 mph? Are there Strava averages for these climbs? How do you place?
Nah, you'd get dropped in the switchbacks on the mountain descents. :yesnod: I get really nervous watching the camera motorcycle trying to keep up with some guy whipping through the turns at 30 mph. :shocked: They lean those things way over!I couldn't win it, but I could keep up with the peloton without any problem. I'd just be riding easy as the motorcycle escort.
You'd be changing flats right and left on those rough roads back then. They broke steel forks. Carbon frames wouldn't hold up worth sh!t, so there's that.Sure us average Joes couldn't win the tour today but what if we took our fancy carbon bikes and cross fit conditioning back to the first years of the tour? What kind of times did those riders post?
The only issue to doing that is I hear carbon assplodes during time travel, as soon as they work that out I'm going back to challenge the pros!
Contributions still accepted.Last fall on a climb, I was passed by a jogger (running with her dog no less).
Sky use 12-28 and 53/39 almost all the time, year round, that's plenty of range. For extreme climbs they may use a 32. Froome uses that 54 oval ring, sometimes a 55.I've noticed the TDF riders are using standard chainrings, like 39/50 or 53, and no bigger than 28 t. cassettes
Sure I can, I climb 10% grades at 11mph all the time. On the internet... :aureola:
Interesting question, by the way. It turns out the differences in times/average speeds are minimal over the last 50 years. Then as now, it's the engine, not the bike. So, to answer your question, if you could go back 30 years and race your "fancy carbon bike" against TdF guys on six-speed steel bikes, they would leave you in the dust and be out of sight within the first ten minutes, if you're an "average Joe". Flat stage or climb, it wouldn't matter.Sure us average Joes couldn't win the tour today but what if we took our fancy carbon bikes and cross fit conditioning back to the first years of the tour? What kind of times did those riders post?
Yep, that's what I ride. I still do 10%-average grades over several miles with that gearing. I can turn those cranks up to around 20% grade or so, but then we're talking just managing to keep the cranks turning, and quads screaming in pain...Sky use 12-28 and 53/39 almost all the time, year round, that's plenty of range.