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Re: Contador...

20 December 2014 - 10:04am
My point was that 'saw the road was clear' and 'hit something on the road' are clearly contradictory... Mostly because 45mph is fast, so the human eye can't see all three hazards on that long a strip of tarmac.

Of course he'll make similar manoeuvres again, he is an excellent bike handler but none can analyse that much road when it is covered by other cyclists...

Re: Jens gets Hour record

19 December 2014 - 8:50pm
Alex Dowsetts hour record attempt bike


Re: Contador...

19 December 2014 - 7:44pm
Descending at over 45mph I wouldn't be taking my hands off the bars, but they are racing on closed roads at the very peak of the cycling performance ladder so it's a totally different ball game. There's also no oncoming traffic to contend with. They hit speeds much faster than that on some of the descents and it doesn't always go according to plan. When it doesn't it's nasty!

Luckily that Contador fellow has access to some very talented doctors......

Re: Contador...

19 December 2014 - 7:24pm
There were a few riders in the vway, and very few people can analyse that much road vat that distance...

Re: Jens gets Hour record

19 December 2014 - 2:09pm
And Alex Dowsett trying the day before her, on the 27th February


Re: Contador...

19 December 2014 - 1:56pm
But these guys are professionals and are used to riding at these speeds.
They are not like us (or we aren't like them).
47 mph and I wouldn't be taking my hands of the bars at all.
But they have to eat and drink all the time when in a race so they will take any opportunity.
Seeing far enough ahead well surely that will depend on the road.
Remember there is no oncoming traffic so all the road is generally theirs.

Re: Contador...

19 December 2014 - 9:34am
I expect he was wearing a helmet though


19 December 2014 - 8:30am
We all remember the crash...

This was published recently...

So it was 47mph crash, just hit something on the road (which had looked clear) whilst reaching for something to eat...
At that moment, I relaxed, I looked ahead, saw the road was clear and reached back into my pocket to get something to eat. That's when I hit something in the road, my bike jumped and I lost control.
The problem wasn't the pain from my tibia, it was the thought that I was in great form but couldn't carry on.

When I think I was going 77kmph at the time and I only broke my tibia, well, on balance, that's good. Maybe I lost the Tour, but I didn't lose my life.

My takeaway would be that at that kind of speed you just can't see far enough ahead to let go of the controls.

Re: Whatever happened to Nicole Cooke

18 December 2014 - 6:01pm
Just heard that Brad Wiggins and Vicky P are on some sort of programme on Radio 4 later and it made me remember this thread. Its so sad that Nicole seems to be being ignored as she was one of our great cyclists for so many years.

Re: Jens gets Hour record

18 December 2014 - 12:49pm
Dame Sarah Storey is having a crack at it in February.


Re: Whatever happened to Nicole Cooke

6 December 2014 - 8:58pm
I'm about 80% through reading her autobiography 'The Breakaway'. It's easily the best book by a racing cyclist that I've ever read.

Re: track cycling highlights Ch4

28 November 2014 - 7:07pm
Recorder set. Thanks for the heads up.

track cycling highlights Ch4

27 November 2014 - 6:29pm
TV highlights of the Revolution series track cycling are being be shown on Channel 4 on Saturday morning (29 November) at 06:40 or later on Ch4 plus one

Re: Jens gets Hour record

7 November 2014 - 12:01pm
Another obvious problem to using vintage kit is that when the original records were set on it the bikes were state of the (then) art and what the athletes would be used to using them in their Day Jobs. Unlearning what you know about how to get the best out your modern bike would put an unfair overhead on a current athlete.

By all means do it on a Merckx bike, but the Cannibal has an unfair advantage over you if you do (on top of his fair-enough advantages!).

You just can't completely compare like with like. Life's not that simple.


Re: Jens gets Hour record

4 November 2014 - 8:38pm
But nobody wants to do it the Merckx way............

Even Boardman did it that way second time

Thats funny because I am sure that Boardman did it on a Merckx bike I remember the Documentry, I specificlly remember that he had to use flat rims

"All records since 1972, including Boardman's 56.375 km (35.030 mi) in 1996, were downgraded to Best Human Effort. In 2000, Boardman attempted the UCI record on a traditional bike, and rode 49.441 km (30.721 mi), topping Merckx by 10 m (32.8 ft), an improvement of 0.02%."

I am sure Boardman had a steel frame too
In my eyes Boardman was the last on traditional bike............

Note: Type of record: (a) UCI unified record (from 2014), (b) UCI hour record (until 2014), (c) UCI best human effort (1972–2014).


Re: Beryl Burton, postumous award.

4 November 2014 - 4:52pm
Tonyf33 wrote:Hugely deserved, she was a 'Marianne Voss' and some 50 years beforehand..nowadays she'd be a superstar whether she would have liked it or not
Check out this.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJLSG2jKIhs

Greater than that - a female Coppi....

Re: Jens gets Hour record

4 November 2014 - 1:09pm
Nope. the regs have been clarified before Jens did it, which is why everyone is interested in doing the record again.

Re: Jens gets Hour record

4 November 2014 - 11:59am
The Regs are bound to have changed between the two attempts, so Jens's record will stand for ever, I'm sure

Re: Jens gets Hour record

4 November 2014 - 11:23am
Bad news for Jens, well done Matthias Brandle, 51.852km, beating Jens' 51.115km.

Re: Jens gets Hour record

29 October 2014 - 8:12pm
Matthias Brändle trying to beat it tomorrow, http://www.scott-sports.com/us/en/page/hour-record


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