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Who'd we think would win in a sprint finish between Sir Chris Hoy and Cav? With matched lead out trains say over a flat 2k course? Be interesting wouldn't it.
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Hoy can push out much more power than Cav. However if the sprint was at the end of a 100m stage, Hoy wouldn't even be in the sprint finish. They are different types of rider.
posted by musicalmarc [51 posts] 9th January 2013 - 20:50
There is no comparing the pair, both different riders, even on the track, totally different.
But an all out sprint, without a stage race involved, Hoy would wipe the floor.
posted by Gkam84 [8792 posts] 9th January 2013 - 20:53
Yes I know - but what if we created as near as possible a level playing field. A short course - say 2k - not at the end of 100miles (Hoy's advantage). The benefit of a lead out train each (Cav's advantage). Would it be close?
posted by ryewheeler [8 posts] 9th January 2013 - 20:56
here's an idea, might the two gentlemen in question actually do it, for charity say?
my money would be on Hoy but not by much, Cav's acceleration is phenomenal from 45 but hoys power output and sprint brain should IMHO best him.
posted by Mr Mike [13 posts] 9th January 2013 - 21:08
Surely Sir Chris would win, what with a greater top speed... And plus 2km isn't that far when you're being dragged along by a lead out train. Although Cav would win on anything longer than 20km I reckon.
posted by BenMWilliamson [28 posts] 9th January 2013 - 21:20
The lead out train wouldn't necessarily be much of an advantage. Hoy is used to riding quickly in the slipstream of other riders, such as in the Team sprint where he is usually the last rider.
I think the use of road bikes would be in Cav's favour more-so
posted by BenMWilliamson [28 posts] 9th January 2013 - 21:27
I'd like to see it happen. How about over two laps of Silverstone? About 10k, a little bit of up and down, a bit twisty turney, long straight drag to the finish. Two teams of 6. Cav on the Venge, Sir Chris on one of his new bikes (might even things up a bit). As I say - interesting.
posted by ryewheeler [8 posts] 9th January 2013 - 22:18
A race over 2km with a lead out train wouldn't be much different to a Keirin race would it? And that would play right in to Hoy's hands.
It's a bit like asking which would win a race: a Formula 1 car or a dragster? You can't level the playing field enough to find out.
posted by robert.brady [146 posts] 9th January 2013 - 22:22
Or have a trio of sprint disciplines:
Now that would be worth paying for.
posted by Raleigh [1728 posts] 9th January 2013 - 22:22
It would be something worth watching as a display race somewhere. But unless British cycling and Sky got together to sort it out. I can't ever see it happening
posted by Gkam84 [8792 posts] 9th January 2013 - 22:42
Well they've both hammered Theo Bos in their respective disciplines.
posted by Squiggle [414 posts] 10th January 2013 - 7:41
Cyclist magazine this month has an article on cycling data:
Mark Cavendish peak sprint wattage: 1,580W
Chris Hoy peak recorded wattage: 2,200W
Three's no argument that Chris Hoy would win a straight sprint so any "level playing field" just means a course where Hoy gets dropped enough for Cavendish to have a head start. The decider would be the course and nothing to do with who is "better".
It's like comparing Contador to Cavendish, the deciding factor is how many hills you put in before the flamme rouge.
posted by CraigS [135 posts] 10th January 2013 - 11:15
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