Belgian Affirmations: Kapelmuur

Belgian Affirmations: Kapelmuur

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There isn’t a lot about a climb several kilometers long ending in a sustained 20% cobbled gradient that communicates ‘Attack’ and/or ‘Respond’. Certainly not when it comes after 240 kilometers with only 20 left to race. Nope, I’ve double-checked the calibration and used a control-case: the only reading I’m getting on the Pain Gauge is the needle dropping all the way over to and past ‘Survival’.

Here we have Roger De Vlaeminck containing a vicious attack from Freddy Maertens on the hardest bit of the climb, giving more than a little bit of insight into why we refer to these guys as Hardmen. On an unrelated note, I find it to be a crime beyond articulation that the Kapelmuur won’t feature in this year’s Ronde van Vlaanderen; but that won’t stop us from riding it during the Keepers’ Tour; we’re all about history and tradition. I want to keep seeing this scene repeat itself over and over. After all, if a joke is funny once, it should be funny a thousand times.

// Belgian Affirmations

  1. @frank

    Due to total disorganization, can’t find the exercise nutrition chapter that I use as a reference to provide an elegant sounding explanation of what I said. I may have created some confusion about fat burning though, and I can help clear some of that – one does burn fat during exercise. The issue is that in the absence of providing nutrition (beyond water replacement) on a long (>2 hours) ride, the body needs something other than body stores of sugars. IF denied it will consume protein (muscle).

    I don’t want to say much more at the risk of making shit up. I would rather misquote what I read with the chapter in front of me than bs’ing about what I don’t quite remember. I’ll report back when I have something more useful to provide.

    I did, in searching online for similar writings, find myself at the hammer site, and found this, which does provide some pretty good sounding science of nutrition:

    http://www.hammernutrition.com/hnt/1275/

  2. @frank

    @Bianchi Denti

    @minion
    @minion

    for the classics don’t some riders use larger inner rings? 42 tooth and up (If possible?) Boonen and Cancellara’s lowest gear might be a lot larger than standard.

    I think most pros use a 42 inner on Roubaix. My old Mino Denti steel bike sports a 42/52 combo on Superbe cranks. Great on the flat, I’m sure, but not the Wellington hills.
    My secret Cobbled Classics fear is that I’ll be presented with a hire Cyfac sporting a 42:21 smallest ratio…

    They go even bigger for Paris-Roubaix than 42, Boonen rides a 46T inner ring. I *think* this is partly to get the right gear ratio when riding through the sludge, but its also to keep down on chain slack for better shifting.
    A great write-up on Boonen’s bike:
    http://www.bikeradar.com/road/news/article/pro-bike-tom-boonens-specialized-s-works-roubaix-sl2-custom-21190/

    THAT WAS EXACTLY THE ARTICLE I WAS THINKING OF. Your internet Kung Fu is strong.
    It also reminds me of the interesting run Speccy had with Boonen: Forks not stiff enough, so QuickStep used Time till they got that sorted, not having a stock size that fitted so having him ride an al bike, while they create new moulds, then the relationship not lasting very long after that.
    I don’t hate specialized (much. Yet.) but it was a troubled relationship.

  3. Late to the thread but…

    I love the photo, particularly the arc on the stones and Freddy’s little finger. Totally throwing it down but relaxed enough in the arms & hands not to gripping the shit out of the hoods.

  4. @Harminator
    Awesome observation.

    @all
    Not sure if you realize Roger had/has a brother?

    Via BigRingRiding’s usual genius:

  5. @frank
    Fronk, what the hell does your VMH do for work? Is she a spy or something. Last week Africa, this week Vietnam. Man, that is some serious traveling!

  6. @Buck Rogers

    @frank
    Fronk, what the hell does your VMH do for work? Is she a spy or something. Last week Africa, this week Vietnam. Man, that is some serious traveling!

    She’s an Epidemiologist working in International Public Health. Helping save the world while I actively work to make it a worse place. We balance each other out so we’re karma-neutral.

  7. @frank

    @Buck Rogers

    @frank
    Fronk, what the hell does your VMH do for work? Is she a spy or something. Last week Africa, this week Vietnam. Man, that is some serious traveling!

    She’s an Epidemiologist working in International Public Health. Helping save the world while I actively work to make it a worse place. We balance each other out so we’re karma-neutral.

    Excellent! I plan on working with international groups doing ophtho once I finish with the Army in eight years. What an awesome job she has!

  8. @mcsqueak
    The Chain merely transmits power. It does not effectively increase the crank lever arm. If you could change the crank and cog to gears and eliminate the chain, it woul dbe the same power transmission.

  9. @frank

    She’s an Epidemiologist working in International Public Health.

    If she ever wants to work for us (Doctors Without Borders), you know, for the free t-shirt, have her give me a shout.

  10. @Buck Rogers
    Spot on.

    @Ron
    He had some injuries and missed getting a grand tour in his legs for a year or so. Would love to see him come back at the top of his game next year. Total class on the bike.

    @frank
    Chapeau. If Merckx gifts you an entire day, from dawn to dusk, to spend on the bike, then why not go for it? As for your other post about burning fat rather than muscle, that’s how the biochemistry works and there’s not a lot that can be done about it.

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    It is so kind of you to to let us know that you hold the same appreciation as the rest of the velominati over this climb.  The Kapelmuur is indeed and absolute fucker and I would not be surprised if those arriving at the top would have, in days of old, happily exchanged their bikes, arse, and possibly at least one lung for the chance of a payday loan to make it all go away and see them tucked up in a local hostelry, quaffing hop related beverages and being massaged by all 6 nolan sisters.

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    I may be being unfair, but, I suspect you have not read The Rules and as such I feel I should spell out Rule #5 for you.

    HARDEN THE FUCK UP!

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    Deakus ;)

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