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  1. Louis Meintjes rolled in last today all by his...

    Louis Meintjes rolled in last today all by his lonesome, but he is irrelevant to the Red Jersey competition, sitting over an hour behind the competition. I guess the contenders didn’t see him as a...
  2. The methodology for categorizing climbs is...

    The methodology for categorizing climbs is subjective, and isnít written down anywhere. That said, most everyone seems to think the location within the days route is considered. Here are a few...
  3. I can't find an example, so maybe not. The...

    I can't find an example, so maybe not.



    The peak was about 50m from the finish, not at the finish -- but that is nitpicking. Regardless, giving it a cat 4 rating would've meant 1 KoM point to...
  4. Why isn't Saint-Pierre in Rodez categorized?

    It is short (570 m) but steep (9.6% average) and deep into the day's ride (around 185km). Wouldn't that usually earn a category 4?
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    As a rough estimate, power output increases at...

    As a rough estimate, power output increases at the cube of the change in speed. All else equal, to increase your speed by 40%, you would need to increase your power output by almost 175% (because...
  6. Oops, it appears I looked at the results...

    Oops, it appears I looked at the results prematurely. Two more riders (Chavanel and Dempster) rolled in even later than Dowsett.

    Chavanel still has 18' 12" to make up, but he is gaining time in...
  7. After Stage 11, the top 4 stays the same, but the...

    After Stage 11, the top 4 stays the same, but the time-gaps narrow and the rest of the top 10 is reshuffled.

    Second-place Alex Dowsett (UK) was the last rider on the course today, and narrowed his...
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    On letour.com, Martin is quoted as saying that...

    On letour.com, Martin is quoted as saying that his front wheel touched another rider's rear wheel. It's hard to tell much from the video, but I don't see that.
  9. Granted it is from Wikipedia, but the following...

    Granted it is from Wikipedia, but the following discussion suggests that Froome would have declined in the good-old-days, but perhaps the 2005 precedent is most realistic in light of pressure from...
  10. Spoiler Alert -- question re yellow jersey

    Martin finished the stage with the overall time, so he earned tomorrow's yellow jersey. However, he has announced that he is abandoning. Does Froome get the yellow jersey tomorrow, or does it go...
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    Tour de Somerville

    I live near the route of the Tour de Somerville's 50 mile Kugler-Anderson race on Memorial Day. I can't find a map for this year's race. Does anyone know where I can find that?
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    Some people sweat more and others sweat less. If...

    Some people sweat more and others sweat less. If you sweat profusely, just make sure you hydrate profusely (fluids and electrolytes) to compensate.
  13. I live and ride in the area, but I struggle to...

    I live and ride in the area, but I struggle to keep up with C rides so I don't think it would be a good match.

    Have you tried Morris Area Freewheelers (mafw.org)? When the weather is good,...
  14. fify. :)

    fify. :)
  15. Hills are made to be conquered. Don't worry...

    Hills are made to be conquered. Don't worry about how hard it is now. Climb it often, and it will get easier. Plus, improving on that hill will give you a sense of accomplishment that will...
  16. I may be the only one here who feels this way,...

    I may be the only one here who feels this way, but... of all the bikes that have been mentioned, I like the Giant Seek best for your purposes. It is the most comfortable, and is best for varying...
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    Another way to increase speed quickly: Can you...

    Another way to increase speed quickly:

    Can you see the electric assist motor on this bike? : TreeHugger

    If you want to do it with your legs, quick is unrealistic.
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    For hot rides, I fill my camelbak bladder up the...

    For hot rides, I fill my camelbak bladder up the night before and lay it flat in the freezer. Just before leaving, I run warm water over the connection joint so that I can get the tube to click in. ...
  19. When it comes to hydration, what works for...

    When it comes to hydration, what works for someone else might not work for you. Each rider's body is different. You have to figure out how much water is enough for your body, not for someone else's...
  20. This. If you were training for competition, it...

    This. If you were training for competition, it would be important to follow a regimen. If you are training for general fitness, I say you ride as long as you have time for, and then choose your...
  21. This is good advice if going fast is your primary...

    This is good advice if going fast is your primary objective. For equal dollar and equal effort, a road bike will be the fastest option.

    If you care more about comfort and/or durability, consider...
  22. The scale on your elevation profile is a bit odd,...

    The scale on your elevation profile is a bit odd, but I think I can give a reasonably close estimate on the slopes.

    Riding in the reverse, you would climb about 100 feet over 2ish miles. Until...
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    By "a long time", do you mean 3 hours and 12...

    By "a long time", do you mean 3 hours and 12 minutes ago? :p
  24. I'm no expert and would defer to others, but... ...

    I'm no expert and would defer to others, but... You should be wary of significant training with flat pedals. Because you can only push down, you are working your quads disproportionately to your...
  25. Congrats on the weight loss and speed...

    Congrats on the weight loss and speed improvements. It does seem that you would make more improvement (and reduce the risk of injury) if you scaled back the intensity some days to let your body...
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