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How essential is a purpose built Triathalon bike?

I am a experienced marathon runner who is looking to get into Triathlons (long course and half -- ~50 mile bike), hoping to work up to an Ironman. I have an older, but working, road bike that gets ...
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Safety comparison, downhill mountain bike vs. downhill ski

My twelve-year-old recently tried downhill mountain biking when we were in Lake Placid. He found it thrilling and would like to continue with this new sport now that we are back home. I am hesitant ...
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Which riders in the 2015 Tour de France have proven doping history?

How many, and who, of the 198 riders to start the Tour de France in 2015 have a proven history of doping? I.e. they have been charged and found guilty by WADA/UCI at some point in the past, or have ...
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How is the maximum time to finish determined for a cycling stage?

In Giro d'Italia and other stage races such as the Tour de France and Vuelta a España, there is a maximum time to arrive at the end of the stage after which racers are disqualified. How this maximum ...
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What happens with a team time trial when a team does not have enough riders?

In the 2015 Tour the France, the Orica-GreenEDGE team lost three riders in the first few stages. The team time trial only starts on the second Sunday, and as far as I know, the time of the fifth rider ...
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What is used as tie-breaker in mountain classification?

If Mikel Landa finished 2nd in the yesterday stage of Giro d'Italia, both him and Giovanni Visconti would have 125 points in mountains classification. Today's last stage is flat, no points in mountain ...
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What is used as tie-breaker for cyclists with the same time in GC?

If several riders finish a cycling race with the same total time, what is used as a secondary criterion in general classification? For example, in this years Paris-Nice Michal Kwiatkowski, Rui Costa ...
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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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Tete de la course, why are they at front?

What is tete de la course? And why are they at the front of the pack leading the peleton by quite a high time margin? And who decides the riders to be at tete de la course? And I think everybody at ...
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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?