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Road Cycling It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle. -- Ernest Hemingway

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Old 05-26-14, 08:19 AM   #51
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i feel sorry for shorties.
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Old 05-26-14, 08:27 AM   #52
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good question, was wondering myself!
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So, I suppose that Brad Wiggens, Froom, Ryder H, Miguel Indurain, Taylor Phinney and a host of other tall guys like me are the exception to the rule?
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This chart quite nicely demonstrates that cyclist body weight scales approximately as height squared. Maybe even a bit faster. If I ignore the 1.65 cm / 70 kg (5'5" / 154 lbs) outlier (wonder who that was?), looks like the trend is for median BMI 20.5 at height 5'5" and median BMI 22 at height 6'3". Though this could be self-selection (5'5" tall riders are naturally good at climbing and they are motivated to lose a few extra pounds, whereas 6'3" guys aren't competitive at KOMs anyway so it's less crucial for them). If the trend is for higher BMI at higher height, that further increases the advantage short guys have at climbing.

You can also see that the median height of a TdF rider is about 1.79 m (5' 10.5"), which is only slightly higher than the median of a 20-29 year old U.S. male (1.78 m or 5'10"). So, TdF riders are pretty representative of general population, unlike NBA players.
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I'm not sure.
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short people can wear those thick soled shoes that make them look taller.
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Yes. Short cyclists have to deal with constant teasing from their normal sized friends. It's a burden, but you'll learn to deal with it.
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Equal BMI and equal body fat percentage. So, let's say, 5'5" / 132 lbs and 6'3" / 175 lbs.
Nice, I'm only a mere 30lbs shy of being equally skinny.
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This chart quite nicely demonstrates that cyclist body weight scales approximately as height squared. Maybe even a bit faster.
These data were from 2004. Here are photos of Earl Boykins and Shawn Bradley. As you can see from the chart, in 2004 Bradley had a higher BMI than Boykins, i.e., Bradley would have to loose weight in order to have the same BMI as Boykins.

http://img.spokeo.com/public/900-600...2010_10_05.jpg

http://www.thetallestman.com/images/...20%2812%29.jpg

Also, we generally think of BMI's in the range of 25-30 as "overweight" and a BMI > 30 as "obese". I think what the chart shows is that the standard BMI formula doesn't quite standardize properly, so that although two individuals may have the same BMI, if one is short and one is tall, most observers wouldn't say that they were "equivalently" skinny or fat. This is even easier to see if you compare, say, male Olympic gymnasts or maybe male ballet dancers with cyclists and NBA players (all three groups who aren't known for having a lot of excess fat): the shorter you are, the lower your BMI, the taller you are, the higher your BMI.

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Depends on how short the cyclist is. If he is vying for the role of Tyrion Lannister, definitely a disadvantage.
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