Only with the ladies...
Only with the ladies...
I'm short (5'2"), I don't feel like it's a disadvantage on the road. Sometimes its a disadvantage shopping, because some frames I'm interested in don't come in my size. There's enough choice, though. Other people may feel it's a disadvantage to THEM, since my draft is rather small.
People with shorter legs have a mechanical disadvantage compared to people with longer legs. This may or may not correlate with overall height, as some people have short torso with long legs, etc.
I think if there were a related advantage there it would related to a rev-limiter in the brain.
Gingers definitely have an advantage. Their lack of a soul gives them a high power to weight ratio; this is why Jan Ulrich could climb so well despite being a tall guy.
i wish i were tall. I'm relieved i am not short.
coasting, few quotes are worthy of him, and of those, even fewer printable in a family forum......quote 3alarmer
i wish i were skinny. I'm relieved i am not fat.
Two wheels good. Four wheels bad.
"You can see a list of all the Tour de France winners here and if you click on their links they give you their height / weight:
Lance Armstrong was/is 5'9.5 and 165 pounds, which gives him a ratio of 2.37
Cadel Evans: 5'9, 150 , 2.17
Alberto Contador: 5'9.5, 140, 2
Carlos Sastre: 5'8, 130, 1,9
Oscar Pereiro: 5'10, 150, 2.14
Marco Pantani: 5'8, 130, 1,9"
My recollection from many years ago 5'9" @ 143 lbs was the over all average but then
my memory never was any good.
if you're short, just grow a beard. you'll be fine.
2009 Cannondale CAAD 9-6
2005 Raleigh M40
Riding the mountains of North Carolina
I do today what you don't , so I can do tomorrow what you can't
"Absolutely imbecilic. But typical." ..... pcad
Fat-free weight scales roughly as height squared. VO2max scales slower than that, and CdA scales slower than VO2max.
So, short and skinny guys have advantage in climbing and tall guys have advantage on flats.
Minimum bike weight partially compensates for the advantage that short guys have in climbing, but does not cancel it completely.
An event like TdF is going to have a mix of stages, some more advantageous to short riders, others more advantageous to tall riders. Overall it ends up pretty balanced.
If you look at an event that is not so balanced, you'll see the height distribution skewed to one end. At the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics, 5 out 6 medalists in men's individual time trial were taller than 6'.
It's not a huge advantage at either end, so a short guy with a peculiar body shape can still win time trials, and a tall guy can be good at climbing. All else equal, if you compare an average skinny 5'5" guy with an average equally skinny 6'3" guy, both riding 15 lb bikes, the short guy will be 7% faster uphill and the tall guy will be 3% faster in a flat time trial.
Bikes with 700c wheels look silly in sizes that fit people 6'4" and above. This is why tall people are discouraged from cycling.