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No dutchmen won the Tour in that period; I think you mean the 'Flandriens' of the Lucien Buysse type. Perhaps there were some heavy guys among them.cromagnon said:one of the big dutchmen or belgians in the early 1900's probably. they would cane the cigars and cognac after each stage.
not that cigars make you heavier, just saying there were complete animals.
Mainerider said:It's funny what different people's perception of what 'big" means. I'm 6'3" and when I was racing 20 years ago my "racing weight" was about 190 lbs...people that I knew outside of cycling used to ask my wife if I had an eating disorder. In contrast, folks inside the cycling world talk about Mig and Ulrich like they're Shaquille O'Neal. I think the last time I weighed 175 lbs. was when I was 14.
Mainerider said:It's funny what different people's perception of what 'big" means.
Sheltowee said:At 6' 160 I get comments like: "Are you sick." You look like a rack of bones." And "poor as a Whip-Or-Will". "You need to eat..." etc. Life ain't always easy for an ectomorph in a nation that has a supersized population such as the USA. And what's even more confounding is when you tell someone that you are actually about four pounds over your best race weight and the look you get is: "you must have an eating disorder..."
Velo Dude said:I am 6'0" 190 and even though I don't race anymore I'm clearly over my optimally healthy weight, but I'm considered by many to be thin.