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Triathaletes climbing hills

Old 10-03-07, 07:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Duke of Kent View Post
This statement shows a complete lack of understanding about what a Grand Tour entails.

Particularly when one is part of a team, and is not a GC rider.
Only if you assume that I was saying that Normann could ride a Grand Tour. Which I wasn't. Even the energy-conserving "team members" who are finishing in the bottom 10% of Grand Tour stage time trials are among the best riders in the world. I'm pointing out that a guy who trains on the bike about a third of his time can produce professional cyclist-like speed, and over a long distance. In other words, us elitist roadie a**holes need to acknowledge that there are plenty of triathletes who can ride very fast, and who, if they focused just on biking, would likely ride even faster. Or, we could just go on being elistist roadie a**holes.
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Old 10-04-07, 08:11 PM
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Originally Posted by eriksbliss View Post
Or, we could just go on being elistist roadie a**holes.
Good idea.
 
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Old 10-05-07, 11:36 AM
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Originally Posted by DinoShepherd View Post
There are triathletes and then there are people who do triathlons. Let's not confuse the two.

If you were passing them on the hills, they were the latter.

Growing up in San Diego, I had the privledge to train with some of the nation's best triathletes and I can tell you that they can definitely climb with fast roadies.

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I'm pretty sure most serious tri-folks have more than one bike in the stable. Who says you can't do both! I know guys that road race and tri and kick butt in both.
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Originally Posted by Duke of Kent View Post
Sorry, but I'm going to have to go out on a limb and say that there are very few triathletes, if any, who can produce even close to the w/kg to hang with what I would consider a fast "roadie". They simply don't train at that level. They go for longer, but not as hard.
You must live in a very small town. I hear that limb cracking.
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Old 10-05-07, 01:10 PM
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Originally Posted by AGGRO View Post
You must live in a very small town. I hear that limb cracking.
A suburb of Chicago with 100,000+ residents.

And the IL-WI area isn't too bad in terms of the racing scene...
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Originally Posted by eriksbliss View Post
I'm pointing out that a guy who trains on the bike about a third of his time can produce professional cyclist-like speed, and over a long distance.
What is it with triathletes and cycling? Somehow, every one of them agrees that even the most elite triathletes are barely at college swimmers level, not even close to olympic levels. None of them would even venture to run 10k or a marathon together with the elite distance runners. However, when it comes to cycling, everyone brings up the time trials and the how X tri rider would be able to kick every TdF rides arse.
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