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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 09-08-13, 06:09 PM   #1
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Is 200lbs the threshold to be called a Clydesdale or Athena?

Is this demarcation line the standard? Is this an unwritten rule?
It is obviously specific to biking, but being 6'3" 200lbs and 5'9" 200lbs are different animals.

Is there a forums site devoted to horse jockeys that has a subsection "Clydesdales/Athenas (100+ lb / 62+ kg)

It cannot be a standard to bicycle racing as most pro's would be considered heavy at 180lbs.
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Is this demarcation line the standard? Is this an unwritten rule?
It is obviously specific to biking, but being 6'3" 200lbs and 5'9" 200lbs are different animals.

Is there a forums site devoted to horse jockeys that has a subsection "Clydesdales/Athenas (100+ lb / 62+ kg)

It cannot be a standard to bicycle racing as most pro's would be considered heavy at 180lbs.
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In triathlons, Clydesdales are men 220+ lbs., Athena are women 165+ lbs.
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In triathlons, Clydesdales are men 220+ lbs., Athena are women 165+ lbs.
Where did the 220lbs come from? It's been 90kg/200lbs for eons.
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Where did the 220lbs come from? It's been 90kg/200lbs for eons.

It's a recent change. I think as late as January of this year.

Maybe they should change this forum to 220 as well, but then I wouldn't be a Clyde. ;-)
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At 6'3", I'm at my best right at 200. 190 is a bit too low; 220 too high. 160# would have me in the hospital.
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We should not be hung up on a hard number of pounds or KG. It's more about body type. If you are one, you know you are one.

I'm 6'2" and fluctuate between 215 and 230 lbs. I'm one, and I know it. If I get below 200 lbs., no one will mistake me for that 2012 tour winner pictured above! I'm just a big guy.

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I don't meet the criteria but the people here are so nice I can't stay away.
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Okay, new best answer is above.

So true. There is anti-bike-snobbery around here, and quite a bit of encouragement.
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WRT weight limits I prefer to think of it at "are now or ever were". I'm VERY proud to be a Clyde (started reading this group when I was 270) though I've managed to get below "the limit", now 190.

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