Climbs like a sprinter...
Little skinny guys stop climbing so fast after 50 miles of strong headwind.
Good to know something eventually slows them down... But, in theory, wouldn't 50 miles of a strong headwind slow down a not-so-skinny guy even more???bmxhacksaw said:Little skinny guys stop climbing so fast after 50 miles of strong headwind.
That's what I was thinking. Perhaps they slowed down to hide behind the big riders until the finish.Opus51569 said:Good to know something eventually slows them down... But, in theory, wouldn't 50 miles of a strong headwind slow down a not-so-skinny guy even more???
It's a simple force balance equation... How much forward force does it take to counteract the drag for a variety of frontal profiles at a constant velocity? Of course it will take more forward force (and therefore a higher power output, which means more energy) for a larger person, but then you have to compare it to the person's output, so now we're looking at a relative measure of available power. I think you'd find that a big(ger) person can do pretty well against the wind. Yes, I am an engineer so I think of this stuff in an appropriately nerdy fashionspade2you said:That's what I was thinking. Perhaps they slowed down to hide behind the big riders until the finish.
That reminds me, I once had a race where there was a nasty crosswind in the flats. I was being hung out in the cross winds. The hills weren't in crosswinds, but I had to use those to recover, which was a very odd strategy. I quickly learned that I don't like bladed spokes!Wookiebiker said:Being a bigger rider (190 pounds is race shape for me) with lots of power (340 watts for an hour) and a low position on the bike....I love races with lots of wind
The races where I do the best are all wind oriented races, especially if we get a good cross wind going. Move to the side of the road so nobody can draft off of you, put the power down and the little guys drop off like fat guys on a climb.
A nice head wind also keeps the skinny climbers in check on the climbs....nothing like watching them pedal like crazy on a 5% climb into a 20mph headwind, while sitting in their draft for once