Climbing in big rin + high sustaining heart rate?
From 2:00 onwards, Pantani is out of the saddle really pushing it hard for like the whole mountain. I know these guys were on EPO, even Pantani was doing cocaine, but it still has to be challenging holding that pace up the mountain.
How do these guys sustain such a high heart rate climbing? I mean it has got to be high to put out that amount of power they do. Also, what gears are they climbing in? 53x16?
You just answered your own question.
Originally Posted by hambertloot
You don't know the heart rates of any of those riders. You can't tell someone's heart rate by looking at them. And HR varies between individuals- at the same power output two different riders who have the same threshold power will be at different heart rates... maybe 20-30 bpm different. Even if you knew their HRs, it would be useless.
Comparing HR between individuals is no better for understanding performance than comparing their shoe sizes.
He's in the big ring because 1) it's not that steep 2) he's pedalling out of the saddle at a relatively low rpm 3) some riders like to use the big ring because it intimidates the other riders or makes them feel strong.
It's interesting to see how slow their cadence is compared to modern pro stage racers.