yeah...cross is brutalbrownbobby said:Yeah...i've ridden a bike once or twice, i even managed to be competitive for a few years at regional league level. I mean i was never in danger of having to give up the day job, but i was ok....does that make me a cyclist?gillan1969 said:@brownbobby
are you even a cyclist? have you ever cycled with anyone insanely good? Froome isn't just (allegedly) insanely good...he's actually one of the most remarkable human specimens the world has even seen at turning pedals fast....only...when asked to turn pedals fast when younger...he, sort of, never....
glad I could help with that
PS he didn't finish, like 5th...he got lapped...that's my level
A few years back, to pass the time during the winter, i decided to have a go at a cyclocross race....i mean how hard could it be...the people who were regularly winning races and leading the winter league were at least one or two categories below me on the road, all i had to do was borrow a mates bike (wasn't quite the right size, but close enough), turn up and turn the pedals really fast. Tarmac, grass, mud....its all the same, just turn the pedals really fast and i'll go really fast, right?
Anyway, long story short....at the end of the first lap i'd fell off more times in 15 minutes than i had in the previous 3 seasons on the road and been lapped by at least half the field. By the end of the race there were only 5 of the 40 strong field who hadn't lapped me at least once, 3 of them were DNF's but lets not dwell on the minor details.
It was my first and last cyclocross race. To this day i still don't understand it....my heart rate was maxed out or close to it for an hour. I was turning the pedals really really fast...yet i was as good as dead last to a field of clearly inferior cyclists :lol: They must have all been doping and/or using motors on that day.
But yeah...Froome should have won that MTB race, without breaking sweat
He wouldn't have won the Commie Games MTB..there were some world class riders riding...but the lapped is about the same status as his legendary win in the atomic jock race...it shows a proficient level of (world class) cycling ability only....not someone at the extremes of human physiology..
I'll ask again (i think we have identied the 2nd at the UK TT champs as showing he was not totally useless)....
Point me to one performance that you would expect from a full time bike rider (4 and a half in the Euro pro peloton) where he produced one performance, just one, which would suggest he was at the upper end of human physiology......just one?