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Inflation! (No, not tires)
Last Post 01/26/2014 11:47 AM by Orange Crush. 11 Replies.
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79pmooney

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01/23/2014 01:04 AM
Category inflation.   As in hills being upgraded to mountains.  Today's Tour Down Under has the 'Corkscrew".  2.4k and 9%  Category 1.  708' = 216m elevation gain.  Cat 1?

Some of the climbs up to Portland's Skyline Blvd must be Beyond Category.  One is 1100' gain and steep.  (Logie Trail)

Ben
Yo Mike

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01/23/2014 05:48 AM
Maybe there is an alternate Aussie calculation incorporating ambient temperature into Category determination?
wanker

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01/23/2014 12:50 PM
The categorization of a climb also depends where it is in a stage. As corkscrew was the final climb in a long stage it got the bump from category 2 to 1. Race organizers to this, in part, to create the incentive for riders to attack to obtain mountain points.
79pmooney

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01/23/2014 01:19 PM
Oh, I know why they do it. But 700 feet should NEVER be a rated Cat 1 unless it is at least, oh, 18%. (Well, maybe you could argue the last 200 feet vertical of Mt Washington rates Cat 1, but you have climbed 4500 feet to get to it and it is 23%.)

Ben
ChinookPass

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01/23/2014 01:44 PM
derated for January. it feels like cat 1...
wanker

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01/23/2014 03:21 PM
Sounds like it was rated purely for the mountain points.
Orange Crush

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01/23/2014 03:50 PM
Posted By ChinookPass . on 01/23/2014 01:44 PM
derated for January. it feels like cat 1...


that's the excuse Gesink gave for getting dropped; running out of heartbeats this early in season.
Master50

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01/23/2014 10:33 PM
aren't overpasses category 1 climbs in Florida?
Dale

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01/23/2014 11:14 PM
I thought this was about forumites wattage output or front-of-the-pack speed numbers
Orange Crush

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01/23/2014 11:21 PM
Posted By Mike Shea on 01/23/2014 10:33 PM
aren't overpasses category 1 climbs in Florida?


Rock Reef Pass in the Everglades is impressive
Pin0Q0

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01/24/2014 09:43 AM
I'm a day behind since I record and watch later at night, but did I hear correctly average speed for yesterday day was around 24mph Max 65 mph and climb on the cork screw @13% was close to to 16 mph!
That is awfully fast for this time of the year no? @#$%^

Orange Crush

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01/26/2014 11:47 AM
Maybe CAT1 at TDU is a reference to the crowd sizes which were pretty amazing.

Good racing from beginning to end.

Evans and Porte showed their on track for Giro prep. And Gerrans will be on shortlist for MSR.
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