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Some links about cycling and watts

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Do you need big legs to push watts? A friend asked whether good hill climbers would need giant legs to push big watts—450-500W for a light rider, or 6–6.5W/kg. Apparently not. Phil Gaimon is a very strong hill climber. He looks like this.

Scrawny A.F. Not so huge legs, though. In the next video, you’ll see that he can push 450-500W for minutes at a time.

The first video is of Fabian Cancellara vs. Phil Gaimon. Both can push big watts, but Gaimon is retired and weighs about 20kg less. It wasn’t really a fair fight, but still amusing. I was at this ride in Wallis, Switzerland but only rode with Cancellara and Gaimon at the very beginning—before they took off up the Col des Mosses, the 20km HC-climb just before this one.

Complete Race: Phil Gaimon vs. Fabian Cancellara (YouTube)

Next up is a video of a short hill-climb in San Fransisco. The winner pushed crazy watts (787W average) for 77 seconds to win.

Outclimbing Phil Gaimon – 2018 Red Bull Bay Climb (YouTube)

Finally, here’s a video of a track cyclist vs. a road cyclist. Crazy watts again. They compete in several categories, from 6 seconds to a 5km hill climb. If you want to push over 2000W for a short period of time, then you’ll need giant legs. Otherwise, light and strong is the way to go.

Road Cyclist VS Track Sprinter (Who's the better cyclist?) (YouTube)