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Old 04-15-17, 05:29 AM   #1
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500m handlebar choice

Just finished watching the NBC Sports lifestream of the women's 500m World Championship. Of the 8 finalists, 7 opted for drop bars, but the winner, Shmeleva, used aero bars. In 2013, all but one of the riders (Pendleton, I recall) used aero bars. I wonder if we can begin to conclude that drop bars are proving to be the better choice for the 500, based on what top riders are choosing. I have to believe world-level teams have done a lot of testing.
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Old 04-16-17, 04:26 PM   #2
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You can check out the discussion on this in the Aerobar thread. It's mentioned there a bit. At this level, riders are testing both set ups and using what's best for them. It then depends on who's best that day. Drop bars being better is too general a statement to make.
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General consensus seemed to be that for such a short event, transitioning to the TT bars has to be smooth as silk otherwise they are a disadvantage. That can take some time to master well that a lot of the participants could better use getting stronger/faster
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Talking of NBC Live Xtra... I thought there'd be some highlights there to watch but there's nothing. There was only a very limited P-R highlights too. Compared to last year this is not a good one for TV spectating.
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Talking of NBC Live Xtra... I thought there'd be some highlights there to watch but there's nothing. There was only a very limited P-R highlights too. Compared to last year this is not a good one for TV spectating.
The replays of the Worlds are still available here Live | NBC Sports if your cable company is listed.

I have heard other cyclists say they buy access to watch cycling. Perhaps this is what they buy: NBC Sports Gold live streaming packages and pricing | NBC Sports

I agree broadcasters in US do not cover a lot of cycling - maybe USA Cycling needs to work out a means such that we can view UCI coverage of bike racing. There are ways to get around UCI restricted coverage in the US using an unblocking service.
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Excellent! I see them there. Thanks!! I was looking via their "CYC" menu option. I'm with Comcast SF Bay Area with Sports package so I do see them.

BEIN Sports also used to cover a lot last year like the Giro (linked with Eurosport?). This year they have none. I do subscribe to cycling.tv too which has a fair bit - but no Giro. Might have to fire up the VPN to UK/Australia to get BBC/ITV/SBS shows. Sometimes the link is just too slow to stream. An online subscription to Eurosport is an option too - but again I'd probably have to access via VPN. I thought with Universal Sports coming back under NBC in general would be a good thing - it was last year but no longer.
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Late to this (been watching through the long days coverage). It's interesting that the first splits from Shmeleva she was dropping more and more time and then gained big at the end. Voinova just did not seem to have a good ride though I suppose. Would love to see a plot of them all.
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Half lap splits for the final round are available here:

http://tissottiming.com/File/00030E0...FFFFFFFFFFFF03

I'm sure you can figure out how to plot them.
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Thanks for posting.

Well first of all I guess I was wrong about Shmeleva losing time at the beginning (and will be wary of @Antmccrossan commentary in the future!) . She pretty much had the same splits as Welte.
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