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Questions tagged [racing]

Competitive bicycle riding. Trying to go faster.

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Old bike - Chainring bolts

I have an old "Favorit" racing bike from Czechoslovakia and I'm missing some bolts on the chainring. I went trough some bike shops and couldn't find a replacing one. The bolts diameter is slightly ...
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Are you required to cross the finish line on a bike?

Suppose you get a flat 100m-1km (or some distance that you can sprint/run) from the finish line. Can you leave your bike and run the remaining distance to the finish line? Or are you required to carry ...
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Can a team car ride ahead of the peloton to support a cyclist?

Suppose someone is solo-ing or is part of a break-away group that is several minutes ahead of the peloton. And they get a flat tire. Is the team car allowed to ride ahead of the peloton to reach the ...
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Time trial racing is superior to road racing, because it is more honest [closed]

Is TT racing is a more honest form of racing? Road bike races are just a bunch of guys all crowded together trying to hide from the air behind the guy in front of them. Not showing honest speeds I ...
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Does the fox hunt game exist professionally?

I've just recently seen the new Tomb Raider movie and during the start of it, Lara is working as a cycle courier. Some members of it want to run a game called fox hunt, where you can win money if you ...
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Drop stem on endurance bike to get the geometry closer to road performance?

So I'm planning to get this bike, possibly the later 2017/2018 model: http://www.polygonbikes.com/id/bikes/description/2016-strattos-s3-black#spec Which is a well known local brand and practically ...
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Are there rules for how many riders can be in a World Tour team?

Pro teams take nine riders to a grand tour, and fewer riders to other races. Of course, not every rider will ride every race. Is there an upper limit to the total number of riders a team can have at ...
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Why does the Tour de France have a minimum weight limit on the bicycles?

Why does the TdF have a minimum bicycle weight of 6.8kg? Does it act like the F-1 limit on engine specifications in an attempt to reduce the role of technology and cost expenditures? If this a UCI ...
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Why are puncture-resistant tires not used in professional races?

Having used with great satisfaction puncture-resistant tires for more than 8 years, and having seen how it can happen than in professional races tires can be punctured, I wonder why are puncture-...
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Waiver for medication during race?

During the 2017 Tdf, Tim Wellens abandoned during stage 15 due to bad allergies and not being able to breathe. The commentators said that his team would not "give him a waiver" to take allergy meds. ...
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Attacking during a race when your competitor has a mechanical failure?

This question was spurred by the incident that happened during the 9th stage of the 2017 TdF when Fabio Aru attacked Chris Froome right as he experienced a mechanical problem with his bike. The ...
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Mechanic and top rider's bike on right side of team car - why?

During the 2017 TdF one of the commentators said the that a teams GC contender or their best rider always has their spare bike carried on the right side of the team car, on the roof, above the team ...
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How much does wind affect the speed of a professional cycling peloton?

It's a well known fact that due to air resistance increase of speed on a bike takes non linear increase of power, so the huge marginal increase of power needed to go faster while riding at around 40-...
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Are bicycles with wide tires bad for road racing?

I have Schnell Damping 26, which is a mountain bike with front and rear suspension. Some people suggest me that thick tire bikes are not good for road racing. What is the reason? Also, some suggest ...
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Can I use my Endurance bike for my first race?

I recently got into road cycling, my first and only bike purchase has been a Scott endurance bike. Now that I am getting more and more comfortable on a road bike, a couple of guys I group ride with, ...
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No locked off youth gearing restriction for road racing British National Series/Championships

Can anyone correctly confirm (by providing a link to the exact rule in British Cycling rulebook), if the use of locked off gears is permitted in Youth (A, B and Junior) National level series or ...
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Win TdF without winning any stages?

It's theoretically possible to win the Tour de France without winning any stages. But has this ever happened? What about the other Grand Tours (Giro d'Italia, Vuelta a España)?.
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Does USAC Allow Natural Suppliments?

I'm a non-competitive cyclist that wants to try a few Cat-5 USAC races for fun; unfortunately, at 40+ years of age, I'm taking more than one natural OTC supplement to self-medicate. Is there an ...
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Aero bike vs climbing bike for running in Crits

I'm considering building a road bike and getting into running Crits this Summer and I'm unsure as to go with an Aero bike or a climbing (lightweight) bike. Based on my general understanding, when not ...
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Does anyone know the age of this Legnano Bike?

Does anyone know the age of this Legnano Bike? The frame number reads FC670 Thank you to everyone thats replied. I now nothing of the history of the bike or Legnanos in general tbh and certainty ...
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Buying advice for new road/race bike approx. £1000 for racing [closed]

I'm looking for a new bike for approx. £1000 with the intention to, by the end of the year, get into road racing. I've had a Trek 1.5 (Tiagra groupset, alu frame) for about 7 years now and it's been ...
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Racing: Drop Handle Drop Length

For context this is specfically for racing distances less than 100km. Are there any considerations for having a deeper/longer drop on your handlebars besides comfort and fit? Should you go as low as ...
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Saddle suggestions for broken pelvis

I am a female getting into serious cycling, and will be riding in a 200 kms charity race (over 2 days) in June 2017, as well as beginning to compete. In 2013, I broke my pelvis in 3 places. I broke ...
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What are the benefits of joining a team/club and when to join?

This is probably a stupid question and the answer is more or less subjective, but when should you join a team or club? I've just started to take road cycling seriously and noticed on my rides there ...
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When did Square Taper Bottom Brackets retire from racing?

I haven't been able to find any hard data on this. I have the impression that most top-end bikes made the switch around the year 2000. It would be great if I could get an answer for both of these: ...
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Why is standing more common on hills than on flats?

We all know that standing on a hill feels better than standing on a flat. Even pros seemingly only stand up for hills (not counting sprints). What causes this? Here's what I've thought of so far: ...
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Right vs Left Crank Power Transfer Efficiency

The drive-side crank of a bicycle must be more efficient than the non-drive side, right? Not only does the power not have to go through the BB, but the drive side is usually also attached to the ...
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Rear sprocket clicks or points of engagement

I'm a dad learning about BMX racing and I want to know what the difference is between a sprocket which the bike shop says as 90 odd clicks, then starts talking about points of engagement. Does the ...
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How much does it cost to race in the Tour de France?

Assuming one makes it onto a pro team that's been selected, I was wondering how much it costs per rider to race in the Tour? I'm interested in the set cost for each rider to race, if there is one, ...
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TdF - Mountain stages without a front derailleur?

An article on VeloNews about EPO use featured the following photo of Lance Armstrong from Stage 8 of the 2003 Tour de France: I noticed that Lance does not have a front derailleur. His left shifter ...
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Tour de Trump/Tour DuPont routes?

The Tour de Trump (later Tour DuPont) was run from 1989 to 1996 on the East Coast. Information regarding the details of these events seems to be sparse, especially the earlier editions. Does anyone ...
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Why is track cycling done counter-clockwise?

As far as I have seen, track cycling is only done anti-clockwise/counter-clockwise/with only left turns, yet looking through what I can find (in a non exhaustive search) I cannot find any mention of ...
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What is a good daytime nutrition plan for evening racing

I've joined a local road racing league, it's lots of fun. I'm pushing myself and breaking lots of PBs in the process of trying not to get dropped (which I inevitably do). As well as the craft of ...
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Flat land speed development

I guess I'll start off by saying that I am not a necessarily experienced rider. After years of doing ultra-marathon running I decided to move to triathlon to cross train. I signed up for a 70.3 a few ...
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Where can I find the complete Tour de France routes?

I fear this may not be fully on topic as I'm looking for some map data. I would like to get the routes for all the stages of Tour de France for a particular year, ideally on Google Maps/Earth. Here's ...
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Has anyone ridden fenders in a Grand Tour?

Has anyone ever ridden a bike equipped with some type of fenders in a Grand Tour, for even a short part of the race? Are they UCI race legal? If so, who was it, what was the race, and when did it ...
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How to prevent drafting?

I am engaging in a friendly race with a co-worker. He has told me he plans on drafting behind me most of the race to save energy. I want to make it hard for him(without doing anything mean ...
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50/34 vs 52/36 crankset for 11-32 cassette (shimano 105 5800FC)

Following up on this enlightening answer, I would like to know the differences between 50/34(compact), 52/36(mid-compact) and 53/39 (standard). The cassette I am choosing is 11-32 to give me a wider ...
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Why don't women have Cat. 5?

For road racing in the US, USA Cycling has women divided into four categories (4,3,2,1) and men divided into five categories (5,4,3,2,1). The procedures for category upgrades for 4-3, 3-2 and 2-1 are ...
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Road Bikes: Aero vs. Traditional

On any given race within the pro peloton, the teams whose sponsors offer both aero and traditional frames (BMC, Trek, Canyon, etc) typically have a mix of riders on each style of frame, but the GC ...
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Glossary - types of riders [closed]

I'd like to create a terminology index for the types or categories of riders, similar to this question. By types of riders I mean the categories that pro racers are often identified as being part of ...
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Pacing for 90km time trial with heart rate monitor

I'm participating in my first race by doing the 90km bike part of a half-iron man relay - I'm hoping to complete within 3 hours. I would like to know how I should pace myself with a heart rate ...
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Best Kids Triathlon Bikes [closed]

What are some of the best kids (8-15) triathlon bikes for racing?
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Last grand tour won on aluminum?

What was the last grand tour won on an aluminum frame? Also, any details about the bike itself and the rider would be appreciated.
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Best XC riding position [closed]

To follow off my last question (what are good training program for offroad racing?), what is the best ridding position/riding positions for each portion of XC racing?
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what are good training program for offroad racing?

I am just getting into racing, and like offroad more. I'm also a runner so I'm used to training programs. I wondered are there any of these for bike racing, and specifically offroad?
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BMX: Freestyle vs Supercross?

So I understand the difference between the sports but how diifferent are the bikes? are they essentialy interchangeable or are there special racing BMXs?
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Is it ethical to ride with races without being part of them?

I find it tedious to spend half a day riding the dangerous streets of the city to purchase a mountain insurance, then spend money on race subscription and in then arriving early as hell on the start ...
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Race organizers: how much does it cost to put on a stage race?

Background: I recently competed in the Tour of the Catskills in New York. Unfortunately, this year was the last year that this event will be held, due to financial stresses. I'm not very familiar with ...
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What is the difference between Time-Trial and Triathlon bikes?

Time-Trial and Triathlon bikes differ from normal road bikes in that they are designed for maximum efficiency when riding alone (not in a group). What, then, is the difference between them? Would ...