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Trans-substantial Catholics

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Poor Hanno

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Intelligence and Happiness?

A while ago, the Inquisition pondered the nature of intelligence, and whether a certain outlook or attendant mental abilities are guides to or from happiness. This has been obliquely in the news of late…


Buried by the Sea

Its odd. Most graveyards in Connemara appear to be near water, if not actually right on the coast. Why? West Galway, or Connemara, has a lot of unused space. Admittedly, much of the land Connemara is industrially and agriculturally useless, […]


Cycling Two Abreast

Cycling two abreast in Ireland is legal, a protected practice, and it is safer.


Indoors / Outdoors (Defuse)

A talk given by The Inquisition at Defuse, on Wednesday 7th November 2012, as part of Designweek in Dublin, Ireland


Nürnburg’s Extra Bombs

Nürnburg got ripped to shreds by Bomber Harris’ boys. By how much appears to be open to debate.


Law & Morality

The preface to HLA Hart’s publication of his 1961 lecture series on the meeting of law and morality is as prevalent today as it ever was.


Foy – The Bodiless Head

A bodiless head is revered as being Saint Foy, who died a cruel death.


Coffee Haters

There are people out there who pretend to like coffee. Coffee Haters – you have been warned.


False Flags 2

False flag, covert ops by Americans against Americans? Sounds crazy, and so it was deemed.


Plastic 55 Years Ago

55 years ago Roland Barthes considered the importance of plastic and what it meant, as a substance and a symbol.


Cesare Borgia’s Party

The Pope, his son and fifty prostitutes – Cesare Borgia’s party.


Marriage – A Potted History

Marriage is thought by many to be a fixed rite, one which is immovable and inflexible. The truth is that it has not always seemed so…


Blinking Morse

The world was shocked when a victim of torture started blinking morse. The story of a US aviator captured in Vietnam.


Synecdoche

Synecdoche is a powerful, expressive linguistic device


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How Fast?

In a recent article Cycling Plus mentions Ploughman Craven training at speeds up to 80km p/h. So, how fast do professional cyclists actually race?

Obviously, this is a ludicrous question in some ways – is a course steep? Is it a mountain bike race, road, track or bmx? Is it a men’s or women’s race? Is it a long race or really short?

Track cyclists can momentarily push 80km p/h but, really, the easiest way to get a rough idea of the speed of competitive cycling is to take averages over a large stage race.

The Grand Tours

On major downhill sections, especially in the Grand Tours – Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta d’Espagna – which encompass such huge mountains top speeds can surpass the 100km p/h mark. Internet rumours abound of Marco Pantani hitting 127km p/h. But on the flat in a group this is much lower.

fast-quote

In conversation with CyclingNews Juan Antonio Flecha described the run-in at the end of a flat stage in the Tour of Qatar: “I found myself two metres back, but I thought it was no big deal. However, we were riding at 60 to 70km p/h and it was not possible (to catch the group), I kept losing minutes.”

In the 2011 Tour of Oman Hayden Roulston tweeted, “After doing 30km/hr for 130k the last 80k at 50km/hr kinda felt fast!”

In the early days of the Tour de France riders rode fixed wheel bikes with big rubber tyres, with no support teams, and carrying their spare parts. These guys would ride a route which averaged 5000km on unpaved roads at an average speed of 28km p/h. Serious dudes.

In the heady days of Lance Armstrong’s dominance of the race the distance covered averaged 3500km at a blistering 42km p/h. This was up an average of 6km p/h from ten years previous.

The Giro d’Italia records are of similar average speeds but shorter distances in the early days. More recently the courses have been of a similar length but the Giro’s emphasis on ridiculous climbs means speeds are in the high thirties ~37.5km p/h.

The Vuelta, meanwhile is broadly similar to the Tour de France in terms of terrain and therefore speeds.

Basically

Of course mere mortals can do none of this without wearing our legs to matchsticks, having our hearts explode and our pants soiled. Of course, you could always take some “special vitamins”…

Bibliography
Camp Follower, Giles P Croft, Cycling Plus, Feb 2009
Blazing Saddles, Matt Rendell, Quercus, 2007
Juan Antonio Flecha Interview on CyclingNews
Giro Statistics

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