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Simoni goes 1850 metres/hour (6070 ft/hr)

Old 05-31-07, 06:34 AM
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Simoni goes 1850 metres/hour (6070 ft/hr)

Originally Posted by Cyclingnews.com
Simoni goes 1850 metres/hour 1850 VAM

Gilberto Simoni (Saunier Duval-Prodir) conquered the 10.1-kilometre Monte Zoncolan in 1850 metres per hour according to La Gazzetta dello Sport. The speed, 39 minutes over the 1203 metres, 1850 VAM (Velocity Ascended, Metres per hour Vm/h), was faster than that of Ivan Basso on the Maielletta Passo Lanciano in 2006, 1805 VAM. Marco Pantani blasted up the Alpe d'Huez with a 1791 VAM and Danilo Di Luca did the final four kilometres of Tre Cime di Lavaredo with a 1750 VAM.
That is 6070 ft/hr. That is insane!!
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Old 05-31-07, 06:37 AM
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Faster climbing than Basso and Pantani? Damn, he must be hitting the juice...
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No, it's correct. I was curious as to what was wrong with that quote until I figured out it was measured vertically.
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Old 05-31-07, 06:58 AM
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VAM favors steeper gradients so 1850 on Mt. Zoncolan is probably not as good as 1790 on Alpe d'Huez.
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Old 05-31-07, 07:05 AM
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Wow, that's incredible. If I cut my hill repeat ride time in half to get just the climbs (ignoring the helpful recovery I get on the descents), I still only end up with 5300 ft/hr.
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Originally Posted by Squint
VAM favors steeper gradients so 1850 on Mt. Zoncolan is probably not as good as 1790 on Alpe d'Huez.
It is incredible but I agree. Your increase in speed on a 10% gradient versus 15% is not going to be enough to make up for the gain in vertical feet.

Wow, Simoni (and I'd assume Piepoli was about the same) is a beast!
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impressive. now why has simoni never been a factor at the TDF or vuelta?
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Because he doesn't give two sh!ts about the TdF or Vuelta, in all likelihood.
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You can't compare VAM between different climbs on different days. Pantani and Basso would have to have raced up Zoncolan before any comparisons to Simoni could be made.
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Originally Posted by Duke of Kent
Because he doesn't give two sh!ts about the TdF or Vuelta, in all likelihood.
exactly.
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