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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 07-22-08, 04:24 PM   #1
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Size ?

I would like to ask a question. At 6' 220lbs am I to big to ever make a good rider? I ask this because most of the riders I know are much smaller than me. And for some reason don't want to ride with me. Seems thay always have a reason why they can't or they will say you should have been with us on this ride. Of corse I was never asked. I don't want to sound dumb but even though I have lost 50lbs I still feel like a monster on a bike. I love to ride and I want to ride century's. If I stay at it will I someday get there? Sorry to ask this just had to ask.

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Old 07-22-08, 04:26 PM   #2
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I don't think anybody is to big to become a good rider, it is what you put into it. One thing about us big folks is we usually have alot of leg strength, and while those skinny minnys may be able to fly uphill, we can smoke em on the backside. Just keep riding and find some like-minded folks around your skill level.
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Old 07-22-08, 04:36 PM   #3
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Do you any riders from the area clubs.
Looks like some larger riders Here.
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"I have seen many lean riders in the peloton, but very few Tour winners", -Jan Ullrich in response to criticism about his weight.
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I would like to ask a question. At 6' 220lbs am I to big to ever make a good rider? I ask this because most of the riders I know are much smaller than me....
Years a go before I got lazy and fat I was one of the fastest and best climbers around, I was 6'2" and 225lbs, if you put the work in you will be a very good (read fit) rider. Most of the guys I road with back then were 5'6" to 5'9" and between 145 and 160.

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And for some reason don't want to ride with me. Seems thay always have a reason why they can't or they will say you should have been with us on this ride. Of corse I was never asked.
I have found that if riders, not all but a lot of them, are part of a club, be it race oriented or just a social thing, they seem to assume you look at their ride calendars and it is up to you to just show. If they prefer you let them know it will usually say on the calender.

If they are not part of any organized club/team then ask them straight out. If it because they always do hammer fests then they may feel you are not fast enough OR they may think you do not know how to ride in the pace line. If either is the case set them straight or then ask if they ever do any easier rides that a new rider could join in on and LEARN what is expected.


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I don't want to sound dumb but even though I have lost 50lbs I still feel like a monster on a bike. I love to ride and I want to ride century's. If I stay at it will I someday get there? Sorry to ask this just had to ask.

Tom

If you are riding on a constant basis you will get there sooner then you think. Riding a century is not all that hard, if(once) you can handle the time on the saddle. Racing though is another story but both are easier to train for if you have a few riding partners. Hell, even if you never talk during the ride, just the silent company and pace line helps a lot.

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LOL! At 220, you wont be here long. Most of the riders here in the Clyde forum far outweigh that.

If you want to ride with a club, look up you r local shop.
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You crazy? 220 aint that much. I did 23 centuries at 220 lbs. Some solo flat centuries at in 5:45 (6:00 total). 10,000 ft climbing century in 7:05 (7:40 total).

It's all about riding hard, training and not being scared to ride up the mtns. Riding up the mtns is what really kicked it up a few levels in my case. In 04 when I was riding hard, I finished #123 out of 400 riders in a timed century with as advertised (serious climbers only!! eventhough I outweighed most by 70-80 lbs

Ride hard, play hard! You'll get there. For the record, my buds 150 lbs used to drop me in the hills. Now they don't ride cause I drop them. I don't get the call either. Maybe you're too strong for them?

One of the last forum rides we did was a 72 miler on the trail. I believe the 3 riders over 220lbs pulled the entire time. The skinny guys held on for dear life. 220 lbs can be a strong man if you want it!


Right now I consider myself out of shape at 245 but still get invited on several rides!
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Check out the the results on this ride. Who is that 220 lb Clyde at ride time 7:40:14, bib #174?


Check out how many skinnies finished behind me!....Yes, I'm a FRED!
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Old 07-22-08, 08:00 PM   #9
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Meh, he's a Fred.


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Check out the the results on this ride. Who is that 220 lb Clyde at ride time 7:40:14, bib #174?


Check out how many skinnies finished behind me!....Yes, I'm a FRED!
http://www.ocw.org/bear/Bear2004/2004BearET_r.asp

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Meh, he's a Fred.


Yeah but a 220lb Fred is better than a 245 lb Fred!
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Old 07-22-08, 08:06 PM   #11
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Tru-nuff! (or should I say "¡Es verdad!")
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What are your goals? You say you want to ride a century but do you want to simply ride one or finish first? Check with your local club, most of them break up their rides according to pace, D, C, C+, B, and A. Pick the class best suited to you and hang at the back of the pack so you can practice your group riding skills. As you get better move up to a faster class and before long you will be haning with the lightweights.
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