What age in general is a pro cyclist in their prime?

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  1. steve26

    steve26 New Member

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    I know very little about cycling but am curious what age a cyclist in general is considered in his prime?

    For instance in tennis you are very old at 30...But in Gold you are probably in your prime around 35.
     
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  2. poulidor

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    Physically, I think 26-28, then more experience and less stress save a lot of force, so riders can have better results after.
     
  3. DiabloScott

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    You know, tennis is pretty much the same everywhere - you have different surfaces and play in different temperatures, but a good tennis player is good any where and any time.

    Golf - kind of the same thing, some courses may favor better putters and others longer hitters, but a good golfer can win on any course.

    Bike races can be very different - climbing, time trialing, windy courses, cobbled coursed, all the different kind of track racing. A great climber could never win a short windy race, and a great sprinter will never win Alpe d'Huez.

    Younger riders recover faster, older riders know how to suffer more, generalizations beyond that are hard to make. There have been young superstars who faded away, and old guys who came from obscurity to win in their later years. The best riders adapt to accomodate their body as it ages.

    By not answering your question, I'm saying that the answer you're looking for doesn't exist.
     
  4. Bro Deal

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    Naturally 27 - 31 for aerobic endurance sports, but I think dope has pushed the range two to three years beyond that.
     
  5. helmutRoole2

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    I agree. I'm 42. I'm a doper. I'm having a great year.
     
  6. Bro Deal

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    Maybe I should try that. Has your recovery time improved significantly with the testosterone?
     
  7. helmutRoole2

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    Recovery time? What's that?
     
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