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10 November 2010

15,000+ views and counting

Legs glorious legs
PedalDancer.com is now 7 months old, and has been counting visitors for 6 months. I have always been fascinated with the idea of fast twitch muscles versus slow twitch muscles, and just how important genetics is in determining a cyclist's ability to ride a bike fast. The difference between the legs of a sprinter, a time trialist, and a climber become obvious when you see the legs of the best in the world. To celebrate 15,000 pageviews, let's play GUESS WHOSE LEGS of cycling:  all Photos by © by PedalDancer.com

Whose legs? 
Tom Boonen's legs (Sprinter - fast twitch, strong)
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Mark Cavendish's legs (Sprinter - fast twitch)
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David Zabriskie's legs (Time Trialer, look at those ankles compared to his upper thighs)
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David Millar's's legs (Time Trialer)
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Bert Grabsch's legs (Time Trialer, nice hamstrings)  
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Sébastien Rosseler's legs (time trialer) (this picture I did not take)
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Manuel Quinziato's legs (U23 Time Trialer, morphed into an All-rounder)
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Jens Voigt's legs (All-rounder)
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 Alessandro Ballan's legs (Spring Classics rider)
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George Hincapie's legs (All-rounder)
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Chad Beyer's legs (This is what a 5'10" 136 lb (61kg) cyclist looks like) - he does it all.

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Ivan Basso's legs (Climber and Grand Tour winner)
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Chris Horner's legs (Climber)
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Carlos Sastre's legs (Climber and Grand Tour winner)
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Andy Schleck's legs (Climber - long and lean!)
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(Ha! sorry, couldn't resist) (Team Manager) climber Jonathan Vaughter's legs  

Whose legs? 
PedalDancer's legs (I'm a woman, and a I'm-out-there-all-day-longer, is that a category?) What are you?

All pictures above by © by PedalDancer.com

ENDURANCE Elite endurance athletes have up to 80% slow twitch fibers which allows them to cycle for a long time at medium speeds. These athletes usually are quite light and don’t have much of a sprint. SPRINT Elite track sprinters can have up to 70% fast twitch muscle fibers enabling them to accelerate really fast and reach very high maximum speed but they can only hold the speed for a short period of time. They are usually heavier and very muscular. 

Do you want more legs - - -  
The legs that powered the tour Cycling legs at the 2011 Amgen Tour of California.  
And more at More legs of the Tour of California