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Old 06-01-11, 06:26 PM   #1
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Which athlete from another sport would you like to see riding professionally?

This idea came while I was watching Raphael Nadal giving another tennis player a serious beatdown. I noticed that Nadal never breathes heavily, and apparently he's known for his incredible cardio. I would certainly like to see him on the climbs of the TDF, after losing a bit of muscle, of course.

So here's the question, for fun!: Which athlete from another sport would you like to see participate in the TDF?
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Old 06-01-11, 10:27 PM   #2
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Geoffrey Mutai (2:03 marathon)
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Since there isn't a women's TDF anymore , it would be the Route de France Féminine. And I'd pick Shawn Johnson, because the girl jumps into the deep end anytime she tries anything.
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Ben Spies, motogp rider. Yah he is a long ways away from being a top rider. He is a true domestic pro and owns his own pro bicycle team. I believe the name of the team is elbowz cycling team.
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Geoffrey Mutai (2:03 marathon)
Yeah, I'd like to see some of those incredible East-African runners show what they can do on a bike.
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Geoffrey Mutai (2:03 marathon)
2:03 is insane. And if he dopes on top of that...
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Even though there are parallels, Chrissie Wellington from Triathlon is just a hammer on the bike, would be interesting to see how she would fair.
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Even though there are parallels, Chrissie Wellington from Triathlon is just a hammer on the bike, would be interesting to see how she would fair.
i think its a pretty safe assumption to say that if she focused solely on cycling, she would be a top women's pro rider without a doubt.

i'd like to see some top female speed skaters on the bike. someone like anni freisinger. speed skaters have got tremendous power, the ability to endure pain and most probably train on the bike in the off season anyways. or pole vaulter yelena isinbayeva b/c she's got an amazing athletic physique.

incidentally, did anyone ever watch that show dhani tackles the globe. dhani jones being the former new york giants linebacker anyways, they had him do a show on cycling once and it was hilarious watching this 250lb all muscle athlete trying to ride up an italian alp in a gran fondo challenge. safe to say most footballers will not fare well on a bike.
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If there is a frame that will support him. Worksmen maybe?

Or how about this professional golfer.

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If there is a frame that will support him. Worksmen maybe?

Or how about this professional golfer.

Of course, maybe a 75cm frame, or should it be bigger? Im not sure about the wheels, maybe carbon ones?
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Chad Ochocinco! He gave soccer a try, maybe biking is next.
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Old 06-02-11, 03:12 PM   #13
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Of course, maybe a 75cm frame, or should it be bigger? Im not sure about the wheels, maybe carbon ones?
I hope you're being facetious! His feet would be dangling trying to reach the pedals. It's not the height (sumo wrestlers average near 6ft only) it is the weight. I'm not sure any carbon frames or wheels are made to support that weight.
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I'd like to see the two lightweight indoor rowing world record holders. Henrik Stephansen and Ursula Grobler.
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Old 06-02-11, 07:44 PM   #15
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He's well over the hill now, but in his prime, Ronnie Lott (of SF 49'ers fame) had amazing conditioning and a very high level of both mental and physical toughness. He is also quite intelligent, and could easily grasp the tactics needed to race successfully. On top of that, he was a great all-around person. I think he could've been a pro cyclist, no doubt.
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Def think those marathon runners could do some amazing stuff. I think there was an article in bicycling magazine a few years back about some experiment done with some runners from Africa.
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Shaq
Hey, he had a retirement meeting from the NBA today at his house. He said earlier that he would announce his new nickname. There were a few comical ones like..

CaddyShaq
The Big 401K
Social Shaq-urity

I think a cycling one needs to be offered.. maybe something like the 700X34 (He wore 34 for the Lakers, where his jersey is getting retired), The Big Bottom Bracket, or maybe Shaq-Strong.
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Erik Vendt was a cardio machine in the water.
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The Big Bottom Bracket


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Part of me thinks ... Jim Carey ... Fire Marshall bill. Or some reference to horse counting by neighing and bucking their feet.

But most of me says ... wow
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Chris Solinsky. Huge guy and runs a 26:59 10k. The East Africans have great cardio but I'm not sure how great of cyclists they would make. Zersenay Tadese wanted to be a professional cyclist, couldn't quite make it, and ended up the half-marathon world record holder at 4:27 /mile for 13 miles.
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No specific athletes in mind, but people from specific regions would interest me.

The whole deal with fast twitch vs. slow twitch muscle fibers in sprinters vs. endurance athletes is a big deal in both cycling and running. It'd be interesting to see what kind of power-to-weight numbers some east African endurance cyclists could produce, or wht kind of power some west African sprinter/track cyclists could produce. Maybe even a road team made of a combination of both. A lot of the west African sprinter types are now from the Carribean and whatnot for obvious reasons, but you get the idea.

I also wonder how many amazing South American or Himalayan climbers there might be if cycling could flourish in those places more easily. The Colombians in the Coors Classic in the '80s, and Jose Rujano are examples from high-altitude South American countries.

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Speaking of track athletes, you think this guy might be able to sprint on a bike as well?

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