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Old 03-07-18, 08:35 AM   #1
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Kenyan Riders

The Kenyans are working towards building a professional cycling team that would compete in the TdF one day; that would be a very good thing for cycling, but probably won't be for some time yet...

It's eight o'clock in the morning. Kenya's elite cycling team, the "Kenyan Riders," is already hours into training.

Today's ride is five hours long over 130 kilometers. Early morning rides, sweat soaked foreheads and yoga sessions help the team keep pace with global competition.

That pain is part and parcel of a massive undertaking: becoming the first African team to qualify for the Tour de France, the pinnacle of cycling endurance.
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Interesting. I've wondered in the past how those great runners would rate as cyclists. The requirements aren't exactly the same, but anybody who can run a marathon in 2 hours and 10 minutes has got to have an outrageously high watts/kg FTP.
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On the grand tours I think long term energy reserves play a very important part. I heard a couple years ago that the Kenyan riders tended to already have a very lean body mass. So that might in fact work against them doing well by the end of 21 days of cycling.
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