karlboss said:Why is it an insult to the sport? Heaven forbid someone from another sport excel at cycling also, Rebecca Romero.
Where did I say anyone in the NFL was an athletic God, some just happen to run fast and jump high, also performance indicators for sprint cyclists.
Middle distance runners...long femurs, high Vo2, high sustainable power to weight, yep there's a stretch at finding compatability with a climber.
Or did you mistake my post and think I said any sprinter in athletics could sit a bike and wipe the floor with Chris Hoy straight up, or that the top 10 Kenyans would beat Contador up a hill?
It would take time to adapt I said 5-8 years as that is the time its been quoted to me from entering a sport to making it to the top. Some would make the adaption and compete with the best others would pedal squares and go nowhere.
Plug for Kenenisa Bekele here, would love to see what he can do on a bike, after learning how to not fall off and not much more, the guy is amazing, after only a year I wouldn't put anything past him.
If they were made for cycling, they'd have taken up the sport in 99% of the cases. Perhaps a couple of exceptions could be made, though this only confirms the rule.
And cycling isn't merely about the aerobic statistics, power output, andsoforth: it is an entire athletic culture and state of mindin it's own league. Not superior, just different. It requires a certain mentality that attracts a certain type of individual. And it is not something connected to just training and preparation, but is also, and perhaps just as importantly, about a mentality to race. And bike races are unique, in that one has to have great skill in this profession in managing the most perilous of situations and about reading the race as it evolves under an infinate set of circumstances.
I doubt, therefore, that athletes from other sports, with a rare few exceptions again, could hope to make the transition. Some might become decent cyclists, but that is nowhere near what they have been able to achieve in their own discipline. I have seen many guys who were great runners, swimmers, football playes who after years of riding were simply mediocre cyclists.