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Hour Record (may contain spoilers)

Discussion in 'Pro Cycling (Road and Track Racing)' started by fimm, 30 Oct 2014.

  1. oldroadman

    oldroadman Veteran

    Location:
    Ubique
    That is so sad, and Mr Collin's comments sound a lot like grapes that are not sweet. The UCI had one of their most experienced commissairesin charge (indeed quite a few others, all highly qualified and experienced) and any deviation from the rules would have been spotted and the bike refused. Which it wasn't. BC involvement, well you might expect that when the coaching team are hoping to have BW ready for 2016! Alex Dowsett was gracious and added his congratulations, as we might expect from a genuine sportsman. Maybe he should review his coaching arrangements if all the coach can do is make unfortunate comments - after all he is clearly better qualified than the UCI commissaires to decide what is legal or not... I, like others, look forward to seeing Alex Dowsett maybe have another go at the record when he is ready. It will be quite a show. As for the line, comment above is correct, Manchester and London are different designs, one with longer straights and tighter bends, the other the reverse. This changes the dynamic of holding a line. But you can't argue with 54+km. If that's messy I would have settled for messy combined with the speed and ability!
     
  2. Louch

    Louch 105% knowledge on 105

    Location:
    Kingdom of Kinnard
    I will post some of my pics tomorrow, watching his pace and the fluidity of his cadence was awe inspiring. Sadly I missed out on a free cap, but bought some posters that I had to post home rather than carry about today
     
  3. Hont

    Hont Veteran

    Location:
    Bromsgrove
  4. Louch

    Louch 105% knowledge on 105

    Location:
    Kingdom of Kinnard
    I was sweating sitting still o I think he makes a good point. Not sure what it wild have felt like to brad in making his own windchill as he tore around it
     
  5. Chris Norton

    Chris Norton Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Boston, Lincs
    Different pressure and cooler we'd all be talking about 55.5 or 56km as the record.
     
  6. swansonj

    swansonj Veteran

    I thought the temperature was actually controlled, and the high temperature was a choice? Wasn't better ability to control the climate one of the reasons London was considered a better venue than Manchester? Which raises the question, is there anything in the rules to prevent installing a load of fans and controlling the pressure as well?
     
  7. ScottishGeek

    ScottishGeek Über Member

    Location:
    Midlothian
    Get the crowds to inhale and exhale in sync with him approaching/ passing? Lol
     
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  8. swansonj

    swansonj Veteran

    Well, quite seriously, I'll bet that a bit of synchronised fanning by the audience could create a circulating airflow that must be worth another few laps.
     
  9. ScottishGeek

    ScottishGeek Über Member

    Location:
    Midlothian
    I do wonder how much difference the intense noise made to the ditance achieved. After all sound is a pressure.
     
  10. smutchin

    smutchin Cat 6 Racer

    Location:
    The Red Enclave
    Ah, so that's why they were doing the Mexican wave?
     
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  11. smutchin

    smutchin Cat 6 Racer

    Location:
    The Red Enclave
    Dunno, but never mind controlling the pressure - what about using strategically placed fans to generate a vortex that acts as a tailwind?
     
  12. How about a velodrome track suspended from a giant mast liike one of those witches hat things you used to find in kids' playgrounds? It could precess around the mast giving a constant downhill for a correctly synchronised rider.

    Of course the antediluvian blazers at the UCI would probably frown on such progressive blue sky thinking.
     
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  13. swansonj

    swansonj Veteran

    Sir Isaac Newton might have something to say about that one too.
     
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  14. swansonj

    swansonj Veteran

    I'm getting intrigued by this one now. A 1 mph tail wind is 3% of the average speed. If we assume the resistance is dominated by air resistance rather than friction, 3% extra is an extra kilometre and a half. And a mere 1 mph circulating breeze seems perfectly within bounds of what could be created by a few strategically directed fans or by the audience waving their programmes. Surely UCI must have thought of this one?
     
  15. 400bhp

    400bhp Guru

    I don't think that makes sense? Yes, 1mph = about 3% of Mr Wiggins' travelling speed, however, increase in tail wind is far far from being perfectly correlated with increasing bike speed. If that were true, with a 20mph tail wind you would be blown along at 20mph with no pedalling needed?

    I'm sure you meant something different.