- Feb 22, 2014
ScienceIsCool said:To answer with a question, how have humans changed in 50 years?
Partial answer with another question: Do you believe that changes in training, equipment and nutrition would have prevented Bahamontes from reaching his full potential? Or, after years of training and racing, is that largely determined by his genetics?
To help you out, I once created a simple spring model of a bicycle frame and did a comparison between a frame with ridiculously high spring constants (i.e., stiff frame) and ridiculously low spring constants (i.e., super noodly frame). From memory, I believe the difference in losses was on the order of 0.1%, or half a watt at 500 Watts.
Do you believe that steak, salad, bread, bananas and eggs are more nutritious today than 50 years ago?
Do you believe that Bahamontes, using modern training techniques, would have significantly improved his climbing performances? In other words, would he have gone significantly higher than 1700 VAM on Puy de Dome in 1959? How does that reconcile with the fact that the human limit (non-doped) is roughly 1700 VAM?
If I've misrepresented you, fair enough, but it seems pretty clear that you're claiming Bahamontes could have gone no faster.