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UncleChainwhip said:
Yeah, test runs....that's what the pros spin them as when they failed and are found out. This was 10 years on from his 1984 record setting. Basically great homage to Obree, using his position modified with even further support of a chest pad. Barely missed his old mark at age 45+ using the entire Italian entourage reprising their role in Mexico. Still admire 'Checco' for finally coming clean and admitting he was blood doped for those records.......the disk wheels and sub 1" diameter tubing was merely smoke and mirrors.

Thanks..........
 
UncleChainwhip said:
Yeah, test runs....that's what the pros spin them as when they failed and are found out. This was 10 years on from his 1984 record setting. Basically great homage to Obree, using his position modified with even further support of a chest pad. Barely missed his old mark at age 45+ using the entire Italian entourage reprising their role in Mexico. Still admire 'Checco' for finally coming clean and admitting he was blood doped for those records.......the disk wheels and sub 1" diameter tubing was merely smoke and mirrors.

I believe he was "only 42". According to articles I read at the time, he had to make do with 6 liters/min. O2 max, vs 6.2 liters/min 10 years earlier. His attempt was given a fair amount of media exposure.

His team used so many some screens, it was hilarious to read the media, most people didn't have a clue about what was really important and what were just attempts to mislead.
 
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Yes, Moser was 42 yo at the time of his 51.84 km 'veterans' UCI record on a substantially more aero frame, super egg position and windscreens which were excused as advertising billboards. Sounds like you are aware of the many ploys created to enhance past hour records.....shrouded cloth tunnels in the curves, partial wind screens for prevailing track conditions, oxygen cylinders delivering a bonus on the infield and let's not forget the legendary "Moscow effect". Moser is still a UCI darling, as he should be, Italy is arguably the only country in the world where cycling is the #1 sport. Regarding the 'Veterans' UCI mark though, it probably belongs to Kent Bostick, Manchester '94 on a LEGAL aero setup...49+ km
 
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Hey Le Breton,
I kinda like your style. What was your gravy, back in the day?
Whoops on the Bostick mark......'99, age 46, 49.361km, sea level, minimal track prep going to Manchester from USA. Sidebar.....he took Oe Ritter's 100km track TT record away with a 2:07 clocking in '91....thats a pedigree!
Give me more of this stuff.....
 
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indurain666 said:
Cancellara is bet TT guy at the moment, but I don't think he can sustain about 460 over 60 minutes on a standard road bike. Don't forget that these guys have been TTing with aerobars since their junior days. TTing on a road bike is a different story.

Are you saying that Cancellara doesn't TT on a standard roadbike? Have you watched how he typically wins?
 
UncleChainwhip said:
Never got into the pro thing.......top amateur for nearly twenty years though. ....

Since the topic is "the Hour", I would like to jog your memory. Did you ever race with Pierre-Henri Menthéour (Erwann's brother)?
He held the French hour record with 52.543 km as an amateur, well after he had stopped his pro career.
Then, in 1999, one could read the following in cyclingnews :
French hour record renounced
Pierre Henry Mentheour, the brother of Erwann Mentheour has renounced the French Hour Record (52.543 kms) after voluntarily admitting that he had used banned substances. The French Cycling Federation has accepted the statement and has returned the record back to Chignoli.


Now, here is the story told by P-H Menthéour
http://membres.multimania.fr/cyclingworld/dopage/mentheour.htm

Sorry it's in French.

In 1978 he was among the very best French juniors and participated in the world junior championship in Rock Creek Park, Washington. I just looked it up on the web right now.
http://www.ncvc.net/members/history...announcement-1978-04-16-NCO-VN-1978-03-10.pdf

A friend of mine was president or treasurer of Menthéour's cycling club and since I had entered that "rehearsal" race in April 78, he asked me my impressions of the course the following month when he visited in the Washington area for his work.

However, Pierre-Henri was too much of a party guy to really make it as a top pro.
 
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Mr. K from Kasakastan kancelled his try. Any more dirt on this? What was his inspiration, lead-up results and most importantly sponsorship/rationale? Can i be of assistance to him here in the Western Hemishpere?

Revive the riband,
Uncle Chainwhip