Friday, July 08, 2005

A league of their own

One of the TV screen shots of the riders' heart rates today impressed me. Patrice Halgand, a French mid-pack rider on the Credit Agricole team, was breezing along at 50 km/hr (31 mph) with a heart rate of 113 beats/min.

Yes, I know, he has the advantages of the draft of the peloton, a top-quality bicycle, and possibly a tailwind on a downhill. But he's still maintaining a velocity that most of us would see only on a screaming white-knuckle downhill, while his heart rate is at a level most of us experience while simply brushing our teeth.

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