How to cycle like a Pro' ?

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How to cycle like a Pro' ?

Postby cycleruk » 21 Jul 2018, 11:42am

Reality check.

So now you know. :wink:
The interesting fact for me is the effect of air resistance.
There's no such thing as a tailwind.
It's either a headwind, or you're going well.

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Re: How to cycle like a Pro' ?

Postby thirdcrank » 21 Jul 2018, 11:52am

"Suppose that you are riding in the belly of the peloton and the peloton is cruising at around 54km/h, then for you it feels like you are cycling at 17km/h," Prof Blocken says. "That is a very low speed most amateurs can attain, but this doesn't mean that you and I would be able to ride along with a professional cycling peloton.

"We could maybe do that for a few kilometres, when the peloton was tightly packed and on a flat and straight road. But as soon as we go through bends, you get this spike in air resistance and you need the skills, training and power of a professional cyclist to be able to catch up."

Been there, done it, but in a French fourth cat race where I had some trouble explaining to the commissaires why I had a 3rd cat BCF licence - only three categories. The slightest uphill has a devastating effect as well IME.

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Re: How to cycle like a Pro' ?

Postby 1982john » 23 Jul 2018, 12:46pm

After the incredible E2E record set by Mike a few weeks a go I was wondering what time a pro - with pro team support - could do LEJOG in. If, as the more or less implies, that pros go about 15% faster then maybe they could do it in under 38 hours?

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Re: How to cycle like a Pro' ?

Postby LollyKat » 23 Jul 2018, 6:30pm

Doubt if they could keep it up for 38 hours, though - they don't train for that as there is no money in it for them.

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Re: How to cycle like a Pro' ?

Postby spider2106 » 31 Jul 2018, 11:42am

Its interesting to see the last stage when the riders were cruising along ,chatting and laughing on a very wide road that some club riders on the other carriage way were trying very hard just to keep up!