Originally Posted by

**AdelaaR**
If you would look at the history of cycling, my dear fellow, you would come to the conclusion that very light riders, contrary to popular belief, actually are not good climbers in general.

I'll give you the numbers:

Pantani weighed only 55kg and had an aerobic power of 357W ... this gives him 6,5W/kg ... his power to frontal area was 1073W/mē

Armstrong weighed 74kg and had an aerobic power of 481W ... this also gives him 6,5W/kg ... his power to frontal area was 1185W/mē

If we count all the variables except the bike ... both riders will go up something like "Le Mont Ventoux" at the same speed except that Pantani has a smaller frontal area and so he should win.

Now ... bear with me here.

If we count in the weight of the bike at 6,5 kilograms and we calculate the theoretical times on the Ventoux ... we will see that Pantani will lose by about a minute and a half!

Face it: the weight of the bike is unfair to lighter riders in climbs.