I was out for a ride with my wife on the weekend and had just finished an effort. We stopped at a turnaround point.
Three men went by - two on road bikes and one on a rbent. I went out ahead and thought I would catch the three cyclists and see what kind of power the rbent rider could do. They had about a 30 second gap on me and it took a lot longer to close the gap than I thought.
I bridged up to them and chatted with the last guy in the pace line. We were already going pretty fast and started a series of rolling hills. We came to a longish 1.5% grade. This is where the recreational guys start to slow down but not these guys.
We were climbing at 22 mph and I was at 280 -300 watts drafting a road bike with the rebent in the lead. Who are those guys?
We crest the roller and the road bikes take off. and I pull up next to the rbent and chat with the guy. His vital signs appear normal. He is skinny, big legs and maybe mid forties no beard. His rbent is carbon fiber, full size wheels and he is fairly low profile and not much other equipment hanging off the bike. He looks like he can do this all day long. I get behind him going down hill 2% grade - 30 mph. The road flattens out and we catch the other two riders. The draft from the rbent was okay as long as I stayed close and low.
I go to the front and light it up. We are coming to another roller and I look behind they are still there. Who are those guys?
My car is just ahead and it is time to spin and cool down. I let them go and they surge up the roller and when I crest the top, they are far ahead. Who are those guys?
The story is the same... skinny guys with muscular legs rule.