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Old 08-02-11, 01:31 PM   #1
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Rider Size/Performance Research.

Hey guys I've decided to do alot of research into rider size and how they perform at that size at the amateur level so I need some info. please. To anyone that has ever finished near the front of a crit race then please tell me your height,weight,course outline (flat,hilly,etc.), and what category crit it was. I would really appreciate it alot. Thanks.
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Riders of all sizes have won all types of races.. not sure what you could gain from analyzing this.
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what exactly is 'near the front?'

uh, so you want me to give my height, weight, and course outline for the some 50 races I've won and the lord knows how many that I've finished near the front in.

yeah, ok. so when should I expect the check?

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All the Crits that I see are never won by guys my size (5'8 144), they seem to be dominated by slightly larger guys while us really lean guys usually have the advantage in the hills. Sadly where I live there are absolutely NO hills and all we ever have are extreme flat races. So I am curious to see if this is true all over or am I missing something. I want to know if there are any small guys competing at the front of the crits and if so is there a trend of size and build that stands out over the others.
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gstein-One race will suffice thank you. And your .02 will be delievered by paypal if that is ok.
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Ive finished near the front. Im 5-11, skinny, Im a 4, and I suck. This probably will not change.
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All the Crits that I see are never won by guys my size (5'8 144), they seem to be dominated by slightly larger guys while us really lean guys usually have the advantage in the hills. Sadly where I live there are absolutely NO hills and all we ever have are extreme flat races. So I am curious to see if this is true all over or am I missing something. I want to know if there are any small guys competing at the front of the crits and if so is there a trend of size and build that stands out over the others.
theirs a junior who wins a ton of crits where i live and he weighs sub 150 at 6 foot.
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All the Crits that I see are never won by guys my size (5'8 144), they seem to be dominated by slightly larger guys while us really lean guys usually have the advantage in the hills. Sadly where I live there are absolutely NO hills and all we ever have are extreme flat races. So I am curious to see if this is true all over or am I missing something. I want to know if there are any small guys competing at the front of the crits and if so is there a trend of size and build that stands out over the others.
you must not have watched many races.
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That is what I am asking for Echappist. I live in a very small part of the country and I only know what is the norm for this area. Around here the bigger pedal mashers are always dominating the cat 5 4 3 crits and I was curious if this was happening elsewhere. Where I live there is no climb over 3 to 4 minutes long so being a great climber holds no advantages. So with this "velo" like scenario the bigger guys that have legs like Chris Hoy are the ones doing the most damage to the field.
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That is what I am asking for Echappist. I live in a very small part of the country and I only know what is the norm for this area. Around here the bigger pedal mashers are always dominating the cat 5 4 3 crits and I was curious if this was happening elsewhere. Where I live there is no climb over 3 to 4 minutes long so being a great climber holds no advantages. So with this "velo" like scenario the bigger guys that have legs like Chris Hoy are the ones doing the most damage to the field.
Maybe you're just not strong (as a climber or as a crit racer). Just because you're light doesn't mean you're a great climber. no offense. also 140+ isn't super small.
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I've never seen legs that resemble Hoy's in any of my races.

Size doesn't matter as much as you think.
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140+ isn't super small.
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Maybe you're just not strong (as a climber or as a crit racer). Just because you're light doesn't mean you're a great climber. no offense. also 140+ isn't super small.
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I've never seen legs that resemble Hoy's in any of my races.

Size doesn't matter as much as you think.
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That is what I am asking for Echappist. I live in a very small part of the country and I only know what is the norm for this area. Around here the bigger pedal mashers are always dominating the cat 5 4 3 crits and I was curious if this was happening elsewhere. Where I live there is no climb over 3 to 4 minutes long so being a great climber holds no advantages. So with this "velo" like scenario the bigger guys that have legs like Chris Hoy are the ones doing the most damage to the field.
teammate 1: 5'10" maybe 140lbs. Has a peak wattage of 1300W, won a few sprints this year.
teammate 2: 5'10" maybe 155lbs. No idea about watts, he does well in hilly races as well as in sprints.
teammate 3: 5'8" maybe 140lbs. Sprint specialist. Squats a lot (i hear 800lbs), peak wattage of 1500W.
teammate 4: 5'5" maybe 130lbs. Sprint specialist; nicknamed the pocket rocket
teammate 5: 5'9" maybe 135lbs. Sprinted to a few Cat3/4 crit wins, on his hoods.
me: 5'8.5", 153lbs. Best results came from either breaks or on rolling courses.

There are many here who have done well in crits without having a killer sprint. If you are truly a great climber, and if, as you say, only the large guys win, then why keep on waiting for the sprints and not break away?
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I call bull**** on most of that post.
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Yeah 800+lb squat @ 140lbs would win the guy powerlifting events.

Even if you're talking leg press, that's still ridiculous...
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Yeah 800+lb squat @ 140lbs would win the guy powerlifting events.

Even if you're talking leg press, that's still ridiculous...
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I call bull**** on most of that post.
okay, you win one on the squat part.
what else are you calling BS on?
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140 pound sprint specialists with pro power numbers and squats that would make lee labrada cry. Pray tell what cat are these wunderkinds.
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140 pound sprint specialists with pro power numbers and squats that would make lee labrada cry. Pray tell what cat are these wunderkinds.
recently upgraded cat 3
recently upgraded cat 3, with a win in Pawling Cat 3/4
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cat 3 on the road, cat 2 MTB, represented Mexico as a U17 in XC.

Look, if you are really skeptical, i can PM you their USAC IDs. Pray tell just what the hell i stand to gain from spinning large tales on the internet?

and once again, i apologize about the 800lbs number. It's leg press, not squats.
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That is what I am asking for Echappist. I live in a very small part of the country and I only know what is the norm for this area. Around here the bigger pedal mashers are always dominating the cat 5 4 3 crits and I was curious if this was happening elsewhere. Where I live there is no climb over 3 to 4 minutes long so being a great climber holds no advantages. So with this "velo" like scenario the bigger guys that have legs like Chris Hoy are the ones doing the most damage to the field.
Here's me (5'10", 152#) winning a cat 3 crit earlier this year: http://vimeo.com/24843879

What you can't see in the vid is my attack on the backside into the 3rd corner - it wasn't my 'great sprint' that won the race, it was having team mates working for me along with getting the jump on everyone else and taking more risks than them.

Racing is about a lot more than strength.
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Eees ok, I'm not too interested. Third hand numbers carry enough inauthenticity by themselves.

I'm not saying you have anything to gain, but tall tales sure do seem to abound on the interwebs.


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recently upgraded cat 3
recently upgraded cat 3, with a win in Pawling Cat 3/4
cat 2,
cat 2
cat 3 on the road, cat 2 MTB, represented Mexico as a U17 in XC.

Look, if you are really skeptical, i can PM you their USAC IDs. Pray tell just what the hell i stand to gain from spinning large tales on the internet?

and once again, i apologize about the 800lbs number. It's leg press, not squats.
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ZeCanon is 138 lbs I think, and he has won a few crits.
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Yeah 800+lb squat @ 140lbs would win the guy powerlifting events.

Even if you're talking leg press, that's still ridiculous...
dude.. I won't tell you what I leg press, but it's more than 800#. But yeah, I'm also a lot more than 140# (pre-emptive shut-up hammy!)
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OP, I suspect that, if you are looking at a small population, and larger guys are winning the crits, it isn't "that size wins", but "that's the size of the winners".
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