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Old 11-21-05, 09:56 PM   #1
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Drop Weight and Climb Like a Pro, Shocking Pic Attatched

Ran across this pic of Rasmussen, he looks scary thin. I always thought that Tyler Hamilton looked like a refuge camp POW but this is down right shocking.




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Old 11-21-05, 09:58 PM   #2
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Thats old, but yes the top climbers are VERY under weight
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That guy needs a cheeseburger.
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That guy needs a cheeseburger.

And fries, he makes the Olson Twins look like Ophrah
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That can't be healthy. It's like the starved catwalk models. To what end?
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Nah....I'd definitely recommend the double-double combo...
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Here's Ullrich and Hamilton. I think it would be interesting to see their physique prior to the tour and compare it to where they are at the end.
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Amazing. I read an article about how the riders wives can tel there husbands are ready to race the tour. They can tell because they start to see there ORGANS. Scary ****.
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If that is what it takes to be fast, give me slow any day. I'm 6'1" and around 194 lbs, 175 would be about as light as I ever think I would want to be. My baseline target is around 185 lbs. Since biking regularly at the end of summer, my cardio fitness as improved, my legs and back feel stronger, but my upper body (chest/arms) seems weaker. I guess time to hit the weights thish Winter. Going fast up hills is ok, but overall fitness is much more important.

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OK, who is really good at doing math in their head ?

What is 23, 21, 24?

Nope it is Miss Ethiopia's measurements (or appearantly also the Pro Climber's measurements)
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what do you guys expect? its called "being on the razor", read Armstrong's second book, it goes into great detail about it

many many sports cause massive and sometimes irrepairable damage to one's body, is this really shocking?

its all about the sacrifice and effort, everything has its costs, buring up 6-10,000 cals in a long day of a climbing stage isnt a joke, its right at the human limit of food digestion and absorption........they eat a massive amount of food
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I'm.... gonna stick to riding slow...
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what do you guys expect? its called "being on the razor", read Armstrong's second book, it goes into great detail about it

many many sports cause massive and sometimes irrepairable damage to one's body, is this really shocking?

its all about the sacrifice and effort, everything has its costs, buring up 6-10,000 cals in a long day of a climbing stage isnt a joke, its right at the human limit of food digestion and absorption........they eat a massive amount of food
100%....TRUE. My coach (Pro racer) said that when he's racing a big important stage race he'll what is the equivilant to a thanksgiving dinner and more each day. What a life, eat eat eat!!
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OH MY! My friend at work reads those trashy girlie mags, you know all
about Paris, and Jenn, and Angelina. Typically I look at them with a HARSH eye
and say "humm, she needs a sandwich, she needs some chocolate cake"
NOW after seeing those pictures yes, I agree did those BOYS just get out of a
PRISONER OF WAR CAMP!!!!???? WHAT IS UP WITH THAT!!! Is having an eating
disorder=success with pro racing??
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100%....TRUE. My coach (Pro racer) said that when he's racing a big important stage race he'll what is the equivilant to a thanksgiving dinner and more each day. What a life, eat eat eat!!
average day of work for me=2500-3000 cals over BMR, a busy day and I CANT eat enough, just not physically possible

ive been close to the beginning of the edge of the razor, and while it feels great to ride like that, its easy to get sick, walking is painful, and it takes an awful lot of work just to stay anywhere near there

just finished eating dinner and it was 1/2lb of chicken, 3/4lb of pasta, sauce, garlic bread, salad, and mt dew, and I could eat more easily.........its an expensive chore when it gets right down to it sometimes
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WHAT IS UP WITH THAT!!! Is having an eating
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basically, yes

other sports do the same

not uncommon for women in really hard aerobic sports to stop menstruating, and it can make them sterile, many sports have an ugly side rarely talked about or seen much

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If I'm not mistaken, boxers trying to make weight do more punishment to their bodies than just about any other athlete. Massively dehydrating themselves, then rapidly rehydrating to be in condition to fight the next day. Ridiculous.
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Ullrich doesn't look bad, but Basso and Rasmussen
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other sports do the same

not uncommon for women in really hard aerobic sports to stop mentruating, and it can make them sterile, many sports have an ugly side rarely talked about or seen much
Agreed, top elite pro sports is extreme. I think it is going to be really hard though to get anyone to say "wow, he or she looks really good".

In general, Track and Field athletes look good, female ice skaters look good, tri-athletes look good. Even the female pro cyclists do not look that emaciated.
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I am going to go out on a limb and say I think Rasmussen will win the TDF in the next 3 years. Basso or Ullrich this year, Basso or Rasmussen next year. All he needs is a good descent team to support him, a little more strategery ( ) and not fall off his bike in TTs. He has impressed me the past two tours and I think he can more than make up for his deficits in the mountains. There! I am on the record. BTW, my wife (with her woman's intuition) agrees with me.
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Here, we see Michael Rasmussen pulling up his pant leg to reveal...Jose Rujano.

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the only reason rasmussen did so well was because he was so far down they all LET HIM GO!
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Here's Ullrich and Hamilton. I think it would be interesting to see their physique prior to the tour and compare it to where they are at the end.
Geez. How the hell can people say Jan is fat all of the time?

6'0" 160 lbs is about 15 lbs underweight for hte average human
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Agreed, top elite pro sports is extreme. I think it is going to be really hard though to get anyone to say "wow, he or she looks really good".
Tiger woods looks pretty normal... maybe he's got some claw like hands or feet or something..
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