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Old 04-24-08, 07:25 AM
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Sprinting from the hoods

I think Ivan's DS needs to put some sort of electric shock device on his hoods, and activate it remotely at 1000m to go. He's so much better than that! He has so much power, but his frontal area on the hoods is so much greater than the others. <sigh>

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Stage 1(velonews.com):
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Old 04-24-08, 07:28 AM
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He's just more comfortable in the hoods, probably a confidence issue. Although any real sprinter especially with a track background would only use the drops.
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Originally Posted by rufvelo View Post
He's just more comfortable in the hoods
That wouldn't be true if he got a jolt in the final kilo...
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....not that anyone will ever confuse me with Ivan Domingues but I can't sprint from the drops for the life of me either......just not comfortable....

....but I'm usually so far behind everyone else that sprinting is a moot point.....
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This is one of my favorite examples, getting beaten by a climber/TT guy

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Looking at the second pic, it looks like he bends his elbows so much that's he's about as low as if he were in the drops. So for him, I doubt he's giving up much.

He'd still probably be better off in the drops, but who's going to tell him?
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Originally Posted by JoeOxfordCT View Post
....not that anyone will ever confuse me with Ivan Domingues but I can't sprint from the drops for the life of me either......just not comfortable....

....but I'm usually so far behind everyone else that sprinting is a moot point.....
Same here... I can't sprint from the drops. I'm mostly on the hoods. But in my case it's the fat hindering my flexibility.
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Originally Posted by waterrockets View Post
This is one of my favorite examples, getting beaten by a climber/TT guy

heh - Lance's back tire looks flat...
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heh - Lance's back tire looks flat...
The "finish line" is basically a piece of plastic taped and draped across the road - you can see some of the wrinkles. I think the rear tire is an optical illusion.
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This thread is racist.
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
Looking at the second pic, it looks like he bends his elbows so much that's he's about as low as if he were in the drops. So for him, I doubt he's giving up much.

He'd still probably be better off in the drops,
but who's going to tell him?
his closest confidant, and biggest cheerleader?

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brifters have dramatically changed the position of the bars and the positions riders use. many rider's hoods are in the same spot or very close to where drops used to be as recently as 2 decades ago. of course, pulling from the hoods is somewhat different than pulling from the drops, but if you can effectively pull on the hoods to add some push to your sprint, that's what it's all about.

and I would guess that if you were a div3 pro, sprinter or not, finishing in a break with LA, you might also be to tired to sprint well, no matter your position.

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Old 04-24-08, 08:28 AM
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
Looking at the second pic, it looks like he bends his elbows so much that's he's about as low as if he were in the drops. So for him, I doubt he's giving up much.

He'd still probably be better off in the drops, but who's going to tell him?
In that 2nd pic (stage 1 win), his torso's low, but his elbows are all over the place. Much more flared than the other sprinters. At 45mph, it matters... but he was still strong enough to overcome it -- he's such a badass.

In the pic vs. Lance, he's clearly nowhere near as aero as Lance, and his throw was hampered by holding the hoods (hands further out, means the bike is further back). That 4" difference alone can lose you a lot of sprints.
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I dont understand this thread... If im wearing spandex while riding a bike in the hood you better bet im sprinting.
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Easier to shift from the hoods too yeah?
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Originally Posted by jfmckenna View Post
Easier to shift from the hoods too yeah?
Not if your cockpit is set up properly. Too many people rotate the bars too far up and the hoods are high on the bars. Also, I rarely shift in a race sprint (the explosive part). Going from 32 to 38 mph isn't that much of an RPM change (maybe 20rpm).
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his levers seem to be jacked up too high to shift while sprinting from the drops.
Lances also look jacked, but I can see he can still reach them, so that makes Ivan's extra jacked.
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yeah, sprinting in the hoods never works. stupid pros.
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^^ that's not a sprint, moran.
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Originally Posted by bdcheung View Post
^^ that's not a sprint, moran.
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Originally Posted by bdcheung View Post
^^ that's not a sprint, moran.
then what was it?
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Originally Posted by 3MTA3 View Post
then what was it?
a 1k time trial/pursuit.
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Originally Posted by bdcheung View Post
a 1k time trial/pursuit.
lol. ok. sure.
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