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Ideal Racing Weight

Postby nicko95 » Tue Apr 22, 2014 7:16 pm

What Is The Ideal Weight To Be At For A Grade Racing
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Re: Ideal Racing Weight

Postby foo on patrol » Tue Apr 22, 2014 7:35 pm

No such thing because it has everything to do with you build. :wink:

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Re: Ideal Racing Weight

Postby Strange Rover » Tue Apr 22, 2014 8:39 pm

Easy...as light as you can possibly be.

I think there would be very few individuals who could be so lean as to see a decrease in performance.

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Re: Ideal Racing Weight

Postby Derny Driver » Tue Apr 22, 2014 9:13 pm

If you need to ask ....
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Re: Ideal Racing Weight

Postby ldrcycles » Tue Apr 22, 2014 9:43 pm

Always at least 5 kilos lighter than you are currently :) . (in my case probably more like 10)
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Re: Ideal Racing Weight

Postby ikm » Tue Apr 22, 2014 9:45 pm

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Re: Ideal Racing Weight

Postby zill » Tue Apr 22, 2014 11:14 pm

I've always wondered if riders who seem not the lightest riders like Cadel Evans or Vino would do even better by shedding more weight.
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Re: Ideal Racing Weight

Postby Xplora » Wed Apr 23, 2014 12:35 am

Whatever weight you end up being after 400-500kms a week for 12 months. :idea: Your body will know what it needs to do. Start teaching it.
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Re: Ideal Racing Weight

Postby GAV!N » Wed Apr 23, 2014 7:48 pm

63.9756799545342233kg and a half.... in the morning but after breakfast :roll:
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Re: Ideal Racing Weight

Postby Nobody » Wed Apr 23, 2014 8:19 pm

GAV!N wrote:63.9756799545342233kg and a half.... in the morning but after breakfast :roll:
Wow, you were close. The calculator said 63.636363 :D
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Re: Ideal Racing Weight

Postby KGB » Thu Apr 24, 2014 8:23 am

zill wrote:I've always wondered if riders who seem not the lightest riders like Cadel Evans or Vino would do even better by shedding more weight.

Sometimes. Look at track wiggins compared to tdf wiggins. Keep watching him as he tries to make the Olympic pursuit team again.

Evans, maybe not. He's a grinding, TT style rider who relies on his power. For a pro to reduce racing weight would mean reducing muscle mass. This can work on the hills but then you might end up riding a TT like Andy schleck.
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Re: Ideal Racing Weight

Postby rogan » Thu May 08, 2014 4:39 pm

ikm wrote:http://racingweight.com/spa.html#


... yeah, interesting, but how do I know my percentage of fat? At current height I have been as low as 58 kg (presumably with fairly low body fat) and as high as 95, now 73 kg. Even allowing for moderate upper body muscle development since I was 58 kg (it's not much, believe me, I just look like a weak skinny weed even at 73), if you take 58 as 5% fat (unlikely, it was probably more like 8-10%) and add 5 kg of skeletal muscle and baseline that as 63 kg, then my notional 0% fat weight is 60, and 73 kg is 22% fat, which frankly seems a bit high.

But that would give me 66.81 kg as my racing weight. So lose 6 kg, which in fact I reckon I could do relatively easily if I had to, so maybe that is the weight I should be...
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Re: Ideal Racing Weight

Postby TREKKER_MIKE » Fri May 16, 2014 9:51 pm

I have a mate that does tonnes of training, is is super lean and is an A grade rider. Crits, he now gets his but handed to himin a sprint finish against guys 15 kilo heavier. the heavier muscly guys can remain aerobic, conserve energy and save enough to turn on the afterburners. He has the cardio, but the muscle power is no longer there. Road racing, he started that recently (always did crits before) and now he is cracking top 3 all the time.

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Re: Ideal Racing Weight

Postby Farmer Elvis » Fri May 30, 2014 9:41 pm

nicko95 wrote:What Is The Ideal Weight To Be At For A Grade Racing
at some stage during a race I always wish I weighed less :wink:
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Re: Ideal Racing Weight

Postby Sumodog68 » Fri Jul 18, 2014 8:33 am

Richie Porte -172cm /59.7kg . He is a bit better than an A grade though :-)
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