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Stiff, Light, Aero - Pick Three!!
Although I think Lemond might edge out Ronaldo
aerozy wrote: It's a man's sport true and true.
That's why women don't race bikes, probably not even able to ride them.
The whole it's a mans sport is ridiculous, a way to build up your ego.
As has already been pointed out, compairing one sport to another is silly. They are all hard at the top levels. They way in which they are hard does vary.
I didnt mean that literally! I just meant thats its way thougher then the average bloke imagines. I have plenty of lady cycling friends who race at top level and they're as tough as it gets
FM: During stage 12, from Grosseto to Livorno, I crashed on the descent out of Volterra and broke my left collarbone. At the hospital they said I should put on a plaster cast and quit. But I didn't want to. Since the next day was a rest day, I told the doctor to do nothing and that we should wait and see. The day after I asked the doctor to put on an elastic bandage instead of a cast because I wanted to try to ride the following stage, Livorno to Lucca. It worked! I wasn't among the first riders but I finished.
VP: There is the famous picture of your riding holding a piece of inner tube in your mouth during the 13th stage, the individual time trial of San Luca. Can you explain?
FM: Just before the stage started I tried to ride my bike on a climb and I noticed I couldn't use the muscles of my left arm to pull on the handle bar very hard. So my mechanic, Faliero Masi, the best mechanic of all time, cut a piece of inner tube and suggested I pull it with my mouth. That was a great idea!
VP: Then, during stage 16, from Bologna to Rapallo, through the Apennines, you crashed again and broke your humerus.
FM: Yes, I didnt have enough strength in my left arm and I crashed after hitting a ditch by the road. I fell on my already broken bone and fainted from the pain. The ambulance came to bring me to the hospital. In the ambulance they gave me water and I got back on my feet. When I realized that I was being taken to the hospital I screamed and told the driver to stop. I didn't want to abandon the Giro!
I mounted my bike again and restarted pedaling. The peloton had waited for me, so I arrived in Rapallo in a relatively good position. I had no idea of how serious my condition was, I just knew that I was in a lot of pain but I didn't want to have X-rays that evening. During the days that followed I could hold my own.
Plenty of soccer players crying "Mama" after a hit.
After they wipe their tears they score the next goal on a penalty kick.
Football is popular because it's captured the popular imagination (certainly in UK/Europe and the money to follow). As for difficultly and compared to cycling well that's another debate.
As a cyclist you'll know in any long duration event (example typically stages) most of your time is actually spent "sleeping". You're not actually "cycling" for 6 hours.. Efforts are targeted. Also no such thing as Training for 5/6 days/week. With that amount of training you'd do more harm than good if you're actually Training.
Horze wrote:As a cyclist you'll know in any long duration event (example typically stages) most of your time is actually spent "sleeping". You're not actually "cycling" for 6 hours.. Efforts are targeted. Also no such thing as Training for 5/6 days/week. With that amount of training you'd do more harm than good if you're actually Training.
I do race for 6 hours....okay, longest race I did was 190Km Elite nationals and not exactly 6 hours, but believe me, I raced every minute of it hanging to the grim death. I do train 7 days a week. I'm every day on my bike until the mid september when season ends. Then I have a few days off and 2 months relatively easy on bike and I'm doing a lot of crosstraining. In March I've already did 1800Km and average air temperature in March is -4c here.
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