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I hit 43 once, going down a 5% hill, pedaling hard as I could, arms, knees, chin, ears and everything else pulled in as far as I could get them. I'm starting to doubt my dream of turning pro by the time I'm 52.
 

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That 176 cadence is sick.

My thinking on top ProTour speeds in a sprint where there's a lead-out train is the train is pulling at 35 to 37 mph (assuming no tailwind or downhill, of course) to control flyers, etc. and then the sprinters launch and duel it out over the last 200 meters at top speed around 40 to 42 mph. There was a thread about this on this forum during last year's TdF.
 

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asgelle said:
If the SRM works like the Power Tap, high cadence numbers are easy to get by moving the feet up and down with the magnet near the sensor. The switch reads each up/down as a full revolution giving greatly exaggerated rpm's.
Yea I doubt he's doing that in a sprint.

FWIW I believe the SRM "makes a calculated guess" at cadence. Maybe it's another PM i'm thinking of though.
 

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176 ain't sick actually coz honestly, it's very possible to spin at that for a very short while on a lower gear.

And in a sprint, given the speed he went at, it's not too far off perhaps. Add that to the easy to get a high cadence by moving up and down, there you go - 176
 

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This was a downhill sprint, and Henderson's a fairly accomplished track rider, so he's used to sitting down and spinning his legs very, very fast.

I remember McEwen hitting 79 km/h on the opening crit for the Tour Down Under 2(?) years ago, with the benefit of a tailwind.
 

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My money says that the 176rpm number is indeed bogus.

Just do the math - I suppose you have to guess at his gearing. Let's say he's in a 54x11. That puts him in the neightborhood of 128 rpm. Pretty reasonable.

If he were actually doing 176rpm at that speed, he'd be in a 54x15. I think that is unlikely.

Some trackie please chime in - is 176 rpm anywhere near realistic? I know I'm pretty nervous on my fixie at anything approaching 150 rpm, but that's just me...
 
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