Easily? During the Tour de France, a commentator remarked that Lance
Armstrong could produce 400 watts. He didn't say for how long, but it
left me with the impression that 400 was very impressive. Keep in mind
I don't even own a bicycle.
As a side note; Armstrong made me proud to be an American. Not just
for his cycling skill but his self control. The first time one of
those oh-so-civil Frenchies spit on me, I would have had to stop and
punch some manners into him.
I heard 600. There's some variation in what the right figure is, and
what normal bike rider is, but it's up high enough to move volumes
of water comparable to a sump pump.
The trick is pacing, incidentally; running always _just_ below what would
wear you out, rather than randomly above and way below, which is what
a novice does, and burns himself out on. Which is where regular
practice comes in more than muscle.
To put things in perspective Egyptian farmers still use the hand
cranked Archimedian screw to raise water for irrigation. Its made of
wood and is not an efficient machine. I haven't any idea how long the
farmer keeps at it. Hand cranking must be pretty tiresome. But the
method has been around for more than 2000 years and it gets the job
I think the spitter was a German fan of Ulrich something and the
whole idea was to upset Lance and screw up his concentration and
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