_Bike_ magazine's alp race ...

Discussion in 'Racing' started by Alistair Gunn, Sep 16, 2011.

  1. In the current (i.e. October!) issue of Bike magazine (it's a motorbike
    magazine) they've got a race between a motorbike and a bicycle.
    Specifically it's a race *down* L'Alpe d'Huez! The motorbike won in the
    end, but winning by 28 seconds when you've got 150hp and the cyclist has
    ~0.5 isn't exactly a huge lead!
    Alistair Gunn, Sep 16, 2011
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    Simon Mason Guest

    A pro cyclist may have even beaten the motorcyclist as power will not
    really be an issue, more the ablility to handle the bike at its
    "terminal velocity" without going off piste.
    Simon Mason, Sep 16, 2011
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    Jolly polly Guest

    If they both freewheeled down, it would have been a fairer race
    Jolly polly, Sep 17, 2011
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    Adam Lea Guest

    Raw power is not the deciding factor in a race like that, it comes down
    to how well you can take the corners, which is dependant on the handling
    characteristics of the bike as well as the skill of the rider.
    Adam Lea, Sep 18, 2011
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    nmm1 Guest

    And, equally much, how large a risk he is prepared to take.

    Nick Maclaren.
    nmm1, Sep 18, 2011
  6. twisted the electrons to say:
    Indeed ... My peak downhill speed in the Austria Alps was about 60kmh,
    because beyond that the turbulence from my glasses made my eyes water so
    much I could no longer accurately see! There's also the "how hot are your
    rims getting?" factor - decending Grossglockner in 2010 made the front
    rim on my racebike too hot to touch, and that was with me sitting up on
    the tops of the bars for maximum drag and running the hub dynamo (because
    as Tesco say "every little helps"!).
    Alistair Gunn, Sep 19, 2011
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    Clive George Guest

    Last weekend we were descending Fleet Moss with a tailwind - and it was
    a windy day. I noticed on the shallow descent at the top we were doing
    68 kph without trying :)
    BTDT, have the extra brake on the tandem for that reason. Though on big
    alpine descents I've often not used it - they're often shallow enough to
    not cook things.
    Clive George, Sep 19, 2011
  8. Clive George twisted the electrons to say:
    I'd probably have done better with proper cycling glasses (i.e. a more
    wrap-around design) rather than just using my oridinary classes. OTOH,
    using them meant I tended to keep the speed down a bit - by the time my
    eyes started to water it was time to hit the brakes for the next corner
    When I was coming down Grossglockner it was after cycling up it in the
    Glocknerkoenig, so I suspect I will still feeling a bit competitive with
    the other riders on the way down! :)
    Alistair Gunn, Sep 20, 2011
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