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Old 07-20-08, 01:58 AM   #1
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Heaviest rider to complete Tour De France????

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All the big sprinters drop out by the 2nd set of large mountains if not first. Does anyone know who has the record for being the heaviest to finish the tour?

Any Clydes out there that completed any/all the Pre tour rides that do the exact leg of the race either the day of(leaving at 5 am I guess) or the day before. Years ago, I read about the rides that do the exact same legs. I can't imagine as clyde getting up those mountains. Took me over a month to acclimate to the hills of SF( I lived on the gnarliest) and longer to really do the mountains...never did Mt. Diablo.

I would love to hear the experiences of any Clydes doing those types of rides or in the Alps etc.
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magnus backstedt is usually 195-210 but I don't think he finishes
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Old 07-21-08, 02:48 PM   #3
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magnus backstedt is usually 195-210 but I don't think he finishes
Yeah...didn't finish this year, already.

Thor Hushovld, big guy won the green jersey. DO't have his numbers.

Miguel Indurain...not a Clyde, but a good 175 lbs or so. Won the whole shebang 5 times. But he was a genetic freak.
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Hello,

All the big sprinters drop out by the 2nd set of large mountains if not first. Does anyone know who has the record for being the heaviest to finish the tour?

Any Clydes out there that completed any/all the Pre tour rides that do the exact leg of the race either the day of(leaving at 5 am I guess) or the day before. Years ago, I read about the rides that do the exact same legs. I can't imagine as clyde getting up those mountains. Took me over a month to acclimate to the hills of SF( I lived on the gnarliest) and longer to really do the mountains...never did Mt. Diablo.

I would love to hear the experiences of any Clydes doing those types of rides or in the Alps etc.
Sprinters aren't all big, BTW. McEwen is a small guy, so is Cavendish. They just conserve their enery on climbs as they're supposed to win the sprinting stages, not the mountains.

FWIW, while never have ridden in Europe, I've completed the California King of the Mountains Challenge...3 rides, each with 100+ miles and 10,000+ feet of elevation gain. These are comparable to Tour mountain stages. I'm 6'3" and 260 lbs. And yeah...they did hurt
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Cipollini might be one of the heavier riders to finish, I believe he is something like 6'2" or 6'3" and weighed in at around 175 180 in his prime.

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Yea, not all sprinters are big. First time I saw Dujmologine Abdojaporov I was stunned at how small he was. But he had these massive thighs.

I would think Hincapie is one of the bigger riders that actually finish the tour.
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I believe that Magnus Backstedt has finished the TDF at least once. But usually he does not complete the race. He started the race in 2006 at around 198 pounds.
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mkadam68.....WOW...260lbs....that is freaking amazing....CONGRATULATIONS....still shaking my head....wow.

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Sprinters aren't all big, BTW. McEwen is a small guy, so is Cavendish. They just conserve their enery on climbs as they're supposed to win the sprinting stages, not the mountains.

FWIW, while never have ridden in Europe, I've completed the California King of the Mountains Challenge...3 rides, each with 100+ miles and 10,000+ feet of elevation gain. These are comparable to Tour mountain stages. I'm 6'3" and 260 lbs. And yeah...they did hurt
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I got started hiking up mountains a few years back, and had some good leg muscles after a while. But what I noticed was that the people that were really good at it weren't big muscular guys with huge legs, but guys that were just pretty slim all over. So a Clyde can do that kind of thing, but not necessarily as well as some smaller guys.
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