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Old 02-20-03, 09:10 PM   #1
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Give me a break!

From today's discussion on USAToday.com regarding the Tour de France being included among the ten most difficult things to do in sports comes this exchange:

Denver, CO: Would you agree that the Saturn Cycling classic in Colorado is the hardest one day cycling race?

Sal Ruibal: I would agree, having grown up in Colorado and been on those passes. Some might say Paris-Roubaix, but Gunella Pass is rockier than any cobble section.

My response: UM, yeah, some might say Paris-Roubaix. Like people who know cycling. To win Paris-Roubaix you actually have to beat somebody. And you don't get to change over to a mountain bike to tackle the tough parts.
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Old 02-21-03, 06:00 AM   #2
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I winder if airhead has ever ridden Paris-Roubiax.....
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The usa today also says running a marathon is harder than the tdf. They will also say hitting a curve ball and golf ball are harder. What a bunch of crap! The tdf is like running a marathon everyday for three weeks straight.
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They will also say hitting a curve ball and golf ball are harder. What a bunch of crap!
Yeah, I'm sure that you are right. I suppose that some of this depends on how you define "hard."

Hardest, to me, indicates that few people, if any, can do it. Consider that one man has high jumped over 8' and one man has pole vaulted over 20'. Seems that those things must be harder to do than run a marathon or ride a TdF.
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Hitting a curve ball and golf ball are a completely different kind of skill or ability than riding the tour. I dont know when these people will stop lumping sports with absolutely no kind similarity together for comparison's sake. I'm sure Lance can't hit a curve ball but Barry Bonds couldn't ride 20 miles. I know a lot more people who can hit a curve ball then keep up the exertion it takes to climb a high mountain pass like in the tour. They say that with steady training riding the tour could be made easier, but if you sat in the batting cage all day you would eventually be able to catcht that curve ball.
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The Saturn Classic is truly a very hard event. So hard as talks have happened about turning it into a 2 day event but would be nearly impossible.

I think saying that racing the Tour is like doing a marathon 21 times is inaccurate. But of course for someone like me to do a marathon is very hard.

The Tour has easy days and hard days and it depends how you ride it. Far too many factors to say it is hard.

In the topic. This is not a new comment. It seems from years on this same topic that swimming is claimed to be the hardest sport. Cycling very close.
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I think the TDF is hardest event ever, with the Ironman coming in second.
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It's pathetic how little the north american media knows about cycling. They think it's something that kids do and so they don't think cyclists are really athletes. Maybe if there was a bit more coverage of cycling on tv, everyone would become better acquainted with it and stop thinking of cycling as something you do on sundays with the kids.
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Very good point and I agree with you completly Wabbit, just look at the difference in the way they look at in over in Europe versus here in the US, I hope eventually that cycling will become more respected over here, because of people like Greg Lemond and Lance and hopefully the future stars of cycling that come from America, but time will only tell that..


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Then, there's this ...
The real list of hardest things to do in sports
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Hitting a curve ball and golf ball are a completely different kind of skill or ability than riding the tour. I dont know when these people will stop lumping sports with absolutely no kind similarity together for comparison's sake. I'm sure Lance can't hit a curve ball but Barry Bonds couldn't ride 20 miles. I know a lot more people who can hit a curve ball then keep up the exertion it takes to climb a high mountain pass like in the tour. They say that with steady training riding the tour could be made easier, but if you sat in the batting cage all day you would eventually be able to catcht that curve ball.
I agree totally.
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In the topic. This is not a new comment. It seems from years on this same topic that swimming is claimed to be the hardest sport. Cycling very close.
I think that for minute per minute of activity, swimming is harder. An hour of biking is worlds easier then an hour of constant swimming (that is the crawl)
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I think that for minute per minute of activity, swimming is harder. An hour of biking is worlds easier then an hour of constant swimming (that is the crawl)
On first read I thought, "yeah, that's true," but then I thought, "Wait a minute, swimming for an hour is easier than trying to break the world's hour record in cycling."

I think we need more specific criteria.

I suppose that going ALL OUT in either sport for an hour is a maximal work load either way. So in a sense, it would be a tie. Wouldn't it?:confused:

Hard and easy seem to be tough to define when we are comparing sports that depend on fitness with those that require refined skill, etc.

Pole Vault made the USAToday list, by the way. They limited it to "over fifteen feet." I'm sure to accomodate the women because there are a ton of high school boys that clear 15' with only a few years of experience.
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easyrider, you have GOT to be a lawyer... twisted up in your tangled web of logic is where I am. :confused:
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Swimming has to be the hardest. I mean, you have to overcome any drawbacks to wearing a speedo before you can compete..lycra isn't bad, but a freakin' speedo!?!?!?!
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Swimming has to be the hardest. I mean, you have to overcome any drawbacks to wearing a speedo before you can compete..lycra isn't bad, but a freakin' speedo!?!?!?!
O.K., I'm sold on it. Swimming is the hardest.

Phatman,

Sorry about the vague logic. I'm just thinking:

I agree that an easy swim for an hour is much harder than an easy one hour ride. Frankly, there may be no such thing as an "easy" one hour swim unless you are an accomplished swimmer.

However,
Swimming, riding, or running as far as one possibly can go in one hour (ALL OUT EFFORT) will kick his A$$ regardless of which sport it is.
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I read the USA today newspaper today. They had hitting a baseball as the hardest thing in sports.
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Again, it's all in the definition of "hard" but...

I have to admit that if the best of the best can get paid millions to do something successfully about 30% of the time, it must be pretty tough.
Have you seen (or did USAToday include) stats on how fast they have to react to a fastball to actually get the bat around and hit it fair? There isn't much time for debating whether it will be a ball or strike.

I was watching the World Series of Collegiate Softball last year (Dear God, did I really just admit that?) and the announcers were saying that the women have LESS time to react to an underhand softball pitch than baseball players do to a fastball because the pitching rubber is closer to the plate. Bigger ball to swing at though...
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