|| *How*, precisely?
||Jul. 24th, 2005 10:05 pm|
Lance Armstrong just won his 7th (consecutive) Tour de France.|
At an average speed of 25mph (42kph) over 2200 miles (3600 km).
Personally I consider that a pretty good top speed on the flat (but I was never a racer...)
And the top 25 riders were within 1% of that...
ION: fine day today; sitting in a pub chatting and menking with friends, followed by an overdose of rather good burger. Feeling content and satisfied now. Happy birthday again to ravenevermore
There was an article in today's Gainesville Sun on that very topic. Lance is apparently one of the most-studied athletes in history. He looks to be the "new improved" model human male. According to the article, every aspect of his remarkable physiology is bigger, better, more efficient; his heart is something like 30% larger than normal for a man his size and weight, his lungs are some absurd percentage more efficient at extracting oxygen, and his long legs provide impressive mechanical advantage. He was also one of the most driven, intense competitors the sport has ever seen. Basically, he combined the perfect endurance athlete's physique with a determination bordering on obsession to make Le Tour his race. Bravo, Mister Armstrong! We will miss you (even if Jan Ulrich won't!).