I came across this and thought it was interesting. Big Mig can put out lots of watts still. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22868823
Originally Posted by jpr95 .
He always had to--he's a big boy. Takes more energy to move more mass. I don't race, but I do ride tours with others of all shapes, sizes and ages. At 84 Kg/185 lbs, I'm no flyweight. On flat roads, I can keep up with most folks, but when there's even a slight incline, I'm slower than the folks smaller than me and quicker than the ones bigger than I am, with just a few exceptions (which are because of great disparities in conditioning).
True, but with more mass also comes more frontal area, which means a higher C(d), so more energy required to move more mass the same speed as someone lighter and smaller.Originally Posted by Chavez .
It takes more energy to move mass, but once it gets going it you have momentum on your side, so on flats you should be a diesel dragging the train, and pure hell going downhill.
But uphill, gravity is clearly not your friend (or mine, for that matter). '
Originally Posted by jpr95 .
True, but with more mass also comes more frontal area, which means a higher C(d), so more energy required to move more mass the same speed as someone lighter and smaller.
Originally Posted by Dave Cutter .
I've recently lost about 60 pounds.... and from my perspective... I can't see any advantage to carrying additional weight.
The key is that air resistance is proportional to the square of velocity while the force of gravity does not depend on velocity. While the heavier rider will gain more (potential) energy on the way up, they will lose more energy on the way down, thus they will have a larger net energy loss. In other words, any extra speed they have on the descent will not make up for the time lost on the climb. It's a matter of energy conservation.Originally Posted by Chavez .
I'm not sure if that is counteracted by the inertia of that mass - once you GET it rolling, it takes more energy to slow it down, as well.
The key is that air resistance is a quadratic function of velocity. Since the speeds during the climb are much slower than the speeds during the descent, the heavier rider will have a larger net energy loss. In other words, the heavier rider does not make up as much time on the descent as they lost on the climb. Similar logic is used to determine optimal TT pacing on a hilly course.Originally Posted by Chavez .
I'm not sure if that is counteracted by the inertia of that mass - once you GET it rolling, it takes more energy to slow it down, as well.
Actually, wouldn't wind be different? I would think the effects of wind resistance are a function of the wind velocity relative to the rider and not the ground, therefore riding with a 5 mph wind would be the exact opposite of riding against a 5 mph wind. However, rolling resistance comes into play and is a function of velocity relative to the ground, so more energy is lost when riding with the wind than when riding against it.Originally Posted by RapDaddyo .
Actually, no rider of any weight makes up in the descent what he/she loses in the ascent. The same holds for wind. You lose more time going upwind than you recover going downwind. So, when riders joke that a closed loop course is net uphill or net upwind they are correct in the sense that the uphill and upwind segments cost more than the downhill and downwind segments gain.
Originally Posted by gudujarlson .
Actually, wouldn't wind be different? I would think the effects of wind resistance are a function of the wind velocity relative to the rider and not the ground, therefore riding with a 5 mph wind would be the exact opposite of riding against a 5 mph wind. However, rolling resistance comes into play and is a function of velocity relative to the ground, so more energy is lost when riding with the wind than when riding against it.
I've always found it invigorating to be riding with the wind such that it feels like there is no wind at all as if I was in a bubble.
Not really. He would have hard time to fit into top 10 in 40-50 age group where I live and the level of cycling here is reaaaally low.Originally Posted by limerickman .
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So Indurain is in excellent shape for a bloke aged 46 and could still race with active professional cyclists.
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