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Jul 23, 2009
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grumpyphil said:
You are a POS. You impune not only my wife's character but that of one the best racers in the world. Stick it up your disgusting **** scumbag

grumpyphil said:
Typical comment from a non Swiss. Mr. Cancellera showed his class, something you obviously don't possess.

Wow. Some sense of haha. No wonder the missus is looking elsewhere!
 
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I have no idea what condition it is in, but doesn't Bogota have a high altitude 333 metre fairly shallow concrete track that a powerful rider could "stomp" round.
 
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TShame said:
I think Armstrong missed his chance years ago.
The Big Z ? I would watch him, but he hasn't impressed me in a while.
I wonder if Wiggins has ever tried out his legs? just to see how far he could go in an hour on the track. At least he can steer the line.
Levi Leipheimer would be a great choice as well. He seems to hold his pace in long time trials, a neccessity on the track.

why not Armstrong ? there are many reasons I can think of that suggest to me he is a shoe-in for a career capping hour attempt...I am less inclined to think that just because Fabian is a fast TTer, he would ever attempt the Hour.
 
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obree?

Obree aimed late 2009 for his new record attempt on the velonews story. Does anyone know anything about him, is it still on?


I think many could break the current record with the right preparation! but it would take months of special training, maybe ruining a perfect winning season. and if you lose, for someone like Cancellara it would not look good plus it would cost.

What would be better, dedicating a half a season for failing the hour record or maybe doing time trial and road race double win at the worlds? giving up spring season, winning Paris-Roubaix, Tour De Suisse, stages in the Tour, Giro, Vuelta?

How bad would it look for him if he couldnt even beat boardmans times, people start thinking maybe he isn't such a champion..

Someone like Obree, Sosenka or Boardman in 1993 had nothing to lose expect money, they were just starting their pro career!
 

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He will never try. Not much for him to gain. He knows he will looses minimum of 1/4 season in the attempt win or fail. He will loose much money.
Cycling fans do not understand or respect the hour record and studying Coppi,Merckx and Moser it seems a very personal accomplishment.
Cancellera does things for his ego. Besides the Swiss don't do things like the hour. They just don't do that.
 
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flicker said:
He will never try. Not much for him to gain. He knows he will looses minimum of 1/4 season in the attempt win or fail. He will loose much money.
Cycling fans do not understand or respect the hour record and studying Coppi,Merckx and Moser it seems a very personal accomplishment.
Cancellera does things for his ego. Besides the Swiss don't do things like the hour. They just don't do that.

but the swiss were reknown watchmakers ! the hour befits no other nationality than the swiss
 
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If anything is allowed the machines they ride won't recognizable as bikes. Such records also exist of cause, Sam Whittingham holds it at 90,598 km, but it is and should be held seperate from the cycling hour record.

Here's a clip showing the "bicycle" he used for the record. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMUNOLwW0io

That would be an interesting way to communte to work!!
 
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It's about time that someone in the "elite" had a go at the hour. But not the athlete's hour. The real one, using all technology available.

The UCI killed the hour record when they sent everything back to the 1970's. What other sporting event abides by 40 year old equipment rules?

Cancellara is probably the best of the current crop on paper, but I like Contador's style and think he could do it. If enough "big names" went for it the UCI would soon change their narrow minds.
 
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It's about time that someone in the "elite" had a go at the hour. But not the athlete's hour. The real one, using all technology available.

So you'd like to see your elite pro of choice borrowing Damjan Zubrovnik's "bike" and riding 90 kilometers in that hour?

That's great, but within a couple of years some other nobody you've never heard of will knock off your pro's time because they've built a much more aerodynamic bicycle.
 
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I can understand the difference in the two records. Since merckx nearly every time it was broken it was broken with a change in technology, but these technologies persisted in racing, the superman did not. Hence what do you do to the hour record, take it away from boardman like he never got there, or let the two stand for noone to touch again. Its a pity we never saw what coppi, indurain, rominger etc could do on a standard bike.
Another interesting sport with a record of changing and putting asterisks next to records is javelin. Every few years the javelin has a redesign so it can't be thrown onto the running track.
 
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Thanks for your input. I would think that the whole thing for Cancellara would be up to his sponsors. It is expensive and requires at least a month of devoted training.
Obree has announced he has given up on another effort. Armstrong was close to the wattage needed before he retired. His main focus is climbing with the young guys. Wiggins coach recently said he can do 460 watts, which for his size could take the old-style hour. But again, he must focus on the Tour.
Maybe if Cancellara does P.R. he could just stay on the velodrome for a bit. We all know from his championship race that he could beat Boardman.
 
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Cancellara still considering the hour record:
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/cancellara-considers-hour-record
I love this event having watched or officiated several attempts (of which oneone successfull). The last was set in Moscow on a 250 m track but I believe a longer track 333 m or more would be beneficial and on a warm high humidity, and wind free day if outdoors (of course the weather must suit the rider). One other ingredient is a large and enthusiastic audience to support the rider.
 
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I've always wondered if Moscow would be a good track to bust the Hour on. It's notoriously fast for sprint events. This is mostly due to the track being about 10m wide and having unusually steep banks for a 333 track. Coming off the banking is like dropping two stories before you hit the sprint lane, so you get some pretty wicked speed from that. Not sure how the 44* banks are gonna be for an enduro on such a wide turn.
 
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Does the elevation of the city need to be considered? Does the record still hold up if it's done so many feet above sea level? I thought there were questions when Eddie and Moser where going to pick a city for their tries.
 
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TShame said:
Thanks for your input. I would think that the whole thing for Cancellara would be up to his sponsors. It is expensive and requires at least a month of devoted training.
Obree has announced he has given up on another effort. Armstrong was close to the wattage needed before he retired. His main focus is climbing with the young guys. Wiggins coach recently said he can do 460 watts, which for his size could take the old-style hour. But again, he must focus on the Tour.
Maybe if Cancellara does P.R. he could just stay on the velodrome for a bit. We all know from his championship race that he could beat Boardman.

Never bought this I could have done it bull****. If you could have you would have. Full effort for an hour is not anything special or groundbreaking for someone that makes their dough off of time trialing. The better rider's don't do it because they are afraid they would be embarrassed if they fell short. Furthermore, a premium is on aerodynamics. Merckx's out put was below 400 MW for the record and I believe that Boardman was just at. Lance has never been aerodynamic with areobars so it is not a far fetch to say that without them he would probably need more than 460 MW. Christ, Boardman was able to wreck Big Mig who put out more 500 MW just due to aerodynamics.
 

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