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Am I hyperventilating during racing? Extreme feeling of being tired/out of breath during mountain bike races

I race mountain bikes and I have had a number of races where I have been completely out of breath and unable to go faster because I feel like I am at my limit. I am experienced and I am a good bike ...
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Why does the Vuelta a España have a combination classification?

Stage races in cycling are interesting because they typically have multiple competitions inside one race. You have the general classification (usually seen as the most important one), and then there ...
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What's to stop a guy staying at the back of a peleton?

In Tour De France, when the riders are in a pack, one rides at the front while the others take advantage of the reduced wind resistance, and then one from the back (or is it the guy directly behind ...
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Do teammates have to let someone else win if their team tells them to do so?

Right now, Nibali leads the Tour De France with his teammate 2 seconds behind. If, on the final day of the tour, they both have the same time, will the team tell Nibalis teammate to let him win, or do ...
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What these symbols on profile of a cycling stage mean?

I have looked on profile of today's stage of Tour de Suisse: (The picture is taken from http://www.procyclingstats.com/races/profilesmaps/2014-06/Tour-de-Suisse-Stage-6-1403118873.png.) There are ...
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What is fair play prize at Giro d'Italia?

I've read that at Giro there is a Fair play prize. It is one of the minor classifications. It is mentioned, for example, in the Wikipedia article on this year's Giro. However, not much details are ...
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What's the name of the sport that has people on bicycles flipping a football with their wheels?

I swear I saw this on Transworld Sport about twenty years ago. It was a tennis-like game, using a football (soccer) ball. The players had to stay on their bikes, doing wheelies to catch the ball and ...
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Helmets in alpine skiing vs cycling

I am wondering why the helmets used in different sports disciplines are so different, especially considering professional athletes. Alpine skiing (source) Cycling (source) Of course I understand ...
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Which rider's time determines result in team time trial?

I have read in an article about this year's UCI World Championships: There are six riders per team, meaning a smaller size when compared to, say, nine for last July’s team time trial in Nice for ...
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Color of the sprint jersey in Tour de Suisse?

Tour de Suisse has two separate jerseys for sprints competition (based only on points from intermediate sprints) and points competition (where the points obtained from placement in stages are ...
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How can quality of a domestique be rated?

Various criteria, such as number of wins, UCI points, are good for comparing GC contenders and sprinters. Climbing times and wattage can say a lot about quality of a climber. But quality of ...
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Becoming a pro cyclist late

I've been racing for two seasons now - road, cyclocross and some mtb. I've had some wins and this is how I'd like to make a living, specifically road racing or cyclocross. But I just turned 22 and ...
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What kind of shoes are suitable for a Novice/Sprint triathlon?

Next year in summer I want to take part in my first triathlon. The distances will be 400m-750m swimming / 20km cycling / 2-5km running. Are there shoes that work for cycling (with click system) and ...
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How can the US cyclist federation take Lance Armstrong French Titles?

According to the news, the US Cyclist federation, had withdrawn all titles from Lance Armstrong. How can a US organization take French Titles? Or I am missing something?
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Does the chance of serious injury when road biking decrease with speed? [closed]

When riding a road bike at high speed, for instance in the Tour de France, I have heard that the severity of injuries tend to be decreased as speed increases, as this allows the cyclist to "roll", and ...
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Performance-enhancing drugs in cycling

Why does everyone say elite cyclists are doping but none of them get caught even though they are regularly tested? A perfect example is Lance Armstrong with the recent allegations.
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Incomplete stage in Tour de France

If a cyclist fails to complete a stage of Tour de France because of injury or something else, but is ready again for the next stage, is he allowed to continue? If yes, does he receive some sort of ...
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New bike = new pain. Solution: Training or bike fitting

I've never been much of a bicyclist, but recently I finally broke down and bought a new road bicycle (Specialized Allez model). The sales tech sized me with the bike, made a few adjustments at time ...
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Are cyclists inconvenienced by support car exhausts?

During a road bicycle race, like Giro d'Italia or Tour de France, cyclists have to share the road with the support cars and often ride just behind them. Don’t they mind the exhausts from the cars, or ...
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What is the year of the Tour de France poster [closed]

In the movie Triplets of Belleville there appears a Tour de France poster that is hanging near the Champion's bed (a picture from the movie that I found is this one, the poster is the one with the ...
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What is the purpose of a Brick workout?

For triathlon, it is often recommended to do a Brick workout. Bike, Run, Ick. That is run right after finishing a distance bike ride. What benefit does this provide?