Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

Wicked downhill Video

Old 12-01-08, 01:07 PM
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Wicked downhill Video

Not sure who took this or where it is, but it is some hair raising stuff. Watch this...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IR_VMKdI3xc
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Old 12-01-08, 01:13 PM
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It's Pcad's daily descent of Mt Doom.
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Old 12-01-08, 01:24 PM
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Closed roads and police protection? HTFU, I hit 50 going down a hill on a fully loaded touring bike with traffic flowing.

(Cool video though)
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Old 12-01-08, 02:39 PM
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I've done that a few times, minus the closed road and police protection. As long as I live I'll remember blazing past cars and road signs that told traffic to slow down to 25 mph while cruising at 50+ on a 13 mile downhill.
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I saw a lot of passing.... who won?

I wonder what gearing he was pulling to pedal past all those other riders at high downhill speeds. With 12/50 my spinning can't keep up past 40.
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Old 12-01-08, 02:56 PM
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Where is this? Anyone know?
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That's the closest I'll ever come to going downhill that fast. That dude was eating everyone up! Came a little close to the guardrails a couple of times for my taste, tho.
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Originally Posted by daoswald View Post
I saw a lot of passing.... who won?

I wonder what gearing he was pulling to pedal past all those other riders at high downhill speeds. With 12/50 my spinning can't keep up past 40.
probably not a 50-12. 53-11?
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Old 12-01-08, 03:00 PM
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They aren't leaning that much. Maybe a couple corners where there was any real cornering challenge that I can see. Nice brisk ride though.
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Looks like a nice easy run. Like waterrockets sez, just sweeping curves for the most part. I hate it when the slow guys hang out there by the centerline, never imagining that someone else might be faster!
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Holy overtaking speed.

Wonder if this guy is a Clyde -- he's decends like lead.
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Originally Posted by daoswald View Post
I saw a lot of passing.... who won?

I wonder what gearing he was pulling to pedal past all those other riders at high downhill speeds. With 12/50 my spinning can't keep up past 40.
122 RPM, you need to work on your spin.
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If that were a real race, folks would be screaming out ``yellow line!''
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Originally Posted by FKMTB07 View Post
Closed roads and police protection? HTFU, I hit 50 going down a hill on a fully loaded touring bike with traffic flowing.

(Cool video though)
+1, i've hit 50+ multiple times, solo, on an unloaded bike.
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Loved it. The wind noise added to it.
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I rarely encounter roads smooth enough, nor straight enough to maintain speed like that. Most often I'm on roads like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUxkJA3HkNk

I didn't shoot the video, but I do ride this road from time to time.
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Looks like fun. I think 50mph is a case of liberal rounding up since they were still able to pedal. It is still pretty wild with that tight of a pack in the mid 40s.
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lol @ the tags.
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I honestly don't think I have the confidence to do that. I would love to climb all that though!
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Closed roads, eh? How does that explain the dozen or so cars seen driving throughout the video? And why he only use a single lane 95% of the time instead of properly apexing many of the corners?

Methinks the "closed roads and police protection" line may have been thrown in to satisfy the safety whiners. Though I did see a cop car on the side of the road at one point. Who knows.

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50 is fast but not all that 'scary' fast ... 'cmon guys ... 60 ... 70 ... now you are talking whackjob fast :-)
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Originally Posted by FKMTB07 View Post
Closed roads and police protection? HTFU, I hit 50 going down a hill on a fully loaded touring bike with traffic flowing.
Heck, I've done it on a skateboard!
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Closed roads, eh? How does that explain the dozen or so cars seen driving throughout the video? And why he only use a single lane 95% of the time instead of properly apexing many of the corners?

Methinks the "closed roads and police protection" line may have been thrown in to satisfy the safety whiners. Though I did see a cop car on the side of the road at one point. Who knows.

Mac

Its a race. Road races are hardly ever completely closed roads. Typically its on relatively rural roads, and each class has a lead vehicle (many times a police vehicle). In cases like this, they have the yellow line rule. Technically, if you ever intentionally cross the yellow line (which he does a few times) you are DQed. This is sometimes strongly enforced, other times its not. It was put in place after some racers ate ford logo with some on coming traffic in a race to make a pass.


As for the race, that is a killer race. I've had one race that had a very long downhill section with the finish at the bottom, but nothing like that. It was only about a mile or so of downward sloping. For my race, it was one crazy finish, and somehow no crashes (got third )

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As somebody said already... 80kms/h isnt that fast... it is ok. In racing usually a peloton going just sight seeing can go 70 km/h going down hill, everybody talking and stuff.

I saw Greg valenzuela (ex USA team) back in the day going over 120 km/h not using his breaks at all. I believe Lemond was a sicko going down hill
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