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Re: thicker or thinner legs better for road cycling?

Postby zill » Tue Apr 22, 2014 11:11 pm

toolonglegs wrote:
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boss wrote:The one with the better lungs and heart.


If you get up over 500 watts for the last minute then you are at a pretty good level ( if you body mass is also in a good range ).



What do you mean by pretty good level?
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Re: thicker or thinner legs better for road cycling?

Postby Xplora » Tue Apr 22, 2014 11:34 pm

nirismo wrote:marcel kittel and andre greipel are pretty big guys that turn the gears

Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Weight 82 kg (181 lb; 12.9 st)[1]


Weight: 80 kg
Height: 1.83 m


These builds might not even get you on the wing in a modern footy team. I think Alfie Langer was 72kgs at 5' 8" or something short. In fact, I know plenty of guys who weigh 90kgs at 6' tall who don't even look that solid.

Cyclists are NOT big guys if they are on the road. Ever. Track sprinter, different story - but if you need to drag yourself down the road for 200km before your sprint, you ain't big for long. :lol:
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Re: thicker or thinner legs better for road cycling?

Postby toolonglegs » Wed Apr 23, 2014 12:13 am

Maggie was 90-92 kgs when he won Paris-Roubaix ... Pretty solid guy ;-)
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Re: thicker or thinner legs better for road cycling?

Postby toolonglegs » Wed Apr 23, 2014 12:28 am

zill wrote:
toolonglegs wrote:
zill wrote:[quote="boss"]The one with the better lungs and heart.


If you get up over 500 watts for the last minute then you are at a pretty good level ( if you body mass is also in a good range ).



What do you mean by pretty good level?[/quote]
Over 500w at 75kgs... You would be pretty happy in A I would think.
There's a few counters you can download to give it a go... 25w ramp per minute.
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Re: thicker or thinner legs better for road cycling?

Postby zill » Wed Apr 23, 2014 2:57 pm

toolonglegs wrote:
If you get up over 500 watts for the last minute then you are at a pretty good level ( if you body mass is also in a good range )





What about B and C levels? What last minute watts for those levels on average?
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Re: thicker or thinner legs better for road cycling?

Postby g-boaf » Wed Apr 23, 2014 3:01 pm

Don't worry about watts, just worry about going against them. Do C grade, if you win easily, go B grade, if you win easily, go A grade, etc.
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Re: thicker or thinner legs better for road cycling?

Postby toolonglegs » Wed Apr 23, 2014 5:05 pm

zill wrote:
toolonglegs wrote:
If you get up over 500 watts for the last minute then you are at a pretty good level ( if you body mass is also in a good range )





What about B and C levels? What last minute watts for those levels on average?


It's like Coogan's charts ... they are just a guide and don't mean a lot in the real world. You will know where you are by pinning on a number.
What does mean something is having a couple of tests that are easy to duplicate once a month or 6 weeks so you can see if your numbers are improving. If that is a MAP test one day and a 20km TT the next, then fine. What matters is they can be easily compared against each other.
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Re: thicker or thinner legs better for road cycling?

Postby Le Mong » Wed Apr 23, 2014 7:01 pm

So what does to 700w for 1 min get me after trying to spew on my last hill repeat of the session :p hahhahaha nothing because I'm a heavy SOB :p as others have said it's all about the combined frame and engine
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Re: thicker or thinner legs better for road cycling?

Postby toolonglegs » Wed Apr 23, 2014 7:06 pm

Yeah but it's easier to lose the weight than to gain the power :lol:
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Re: thicker or thinner legs better for road cycling?

Postby Le Mong » Wed Apr 23, 2014 8:15 pm

Not when you like food like I do. Have hovered at 90 for quite some time. I'd love to drop 6-8kg but my food love hampers this hahahaha.
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Re: thicker or thinner legs better for road cycling?

Postby toolonglegs » Wed Apr 23, 2014 8:24 pm

Food Hampers :yummy:
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Re: thicker or thinner legs better for road cycling?

Postby Le Mong » Wed Apr 23, 2014 9:04 pm

It's not bad food just portion control usually hahahahaha
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