I learned to bike race in Lawrence (and Topeka) as well, though a few decades earlier… and that’s about all I have in common with Ashton Lambie. Sounds like a genetic and mental monster on the bike. Love to see the power file from that 4min effort.
His gearing has been called out… what’s wild is that is about a 46x 11 - subcompact. I bought a 53/39x11-25 road bike when compacts were unsellable. Traditional road bike gearing is stupid…. well geared for the chuggers… no stupid.
He’s running 115rpm here though. I assume he can’t put down more tq without breaking form.
While I agree that the current WR holder should get all the praise, who ever he is, if we believe/ know there is someone reliably faster, who just never tried, it just gets you thinking.
Like when Bras Wiggins broke the hour record, who was Olympic champion, world champion, and TdF winner at the time, everyone was crazy for it. Basically because the best cyclist in the world achieved the WR.
When it was broken by Victor, it was mighty impressive! But with him holding a better position, and riding at altitude, people didn’t feel he was better than Wiggins, but the conditions were better than Wiggins‘.
Victor is a great cyclist and a great TTist, but we see him being beaten relatively comprehensively on the TT bike frequently.
I am not saying we should take away from his achievements, just say I understand people wanting to see someone else trying the same.
The difference is that the Hour Record is not the same a regular TT. It is a vastly different effort…from bikes to gears to the track vs. open road.
People can speculate all they want re: who is capable of it, but until they actually do it, that is all it is….speculation. The fact of the matter is that Lambie is the first guy to go sub-4’ and that achievement will always be his.
Remember when Contador wanted to offer 1mil as a GC triple crown prize for all 3 grand tours? Someone needs to do this annually for the hour record…every year a big prize for the best hour…undoubtly the all time record would fall
Campenaerts has been pretty realistic about the prospect of Ganna taking the hour record. But like you say, Ganna does actually have to go and do it. And Campenearts will always be the first guy to go over 55k whatever Ganna ultimately does or doesn’t do.
Campenaerts has made a deliberate effort the past season or so to transition away from being a TT specialist as he sees it being a very competitive field - there was an interview with him on the cycling podcast after his Giro stage win this year where he talked about it at some length; he’s been trying to transition to more of a classics/stage winner than TTer.
I actually think Campenaerts and Lambie both deserve credit for being shrewd/dedicated in how they took it - Wiggins hour attempt was obviously hobbled by doing it in the UK rather than at elevation, and doing it in sub-ideal atmospheric conditions (based on timings for PR, normally you want to wait for low pressure). Whereas Campanaerts and Lambie have both gone to the absolute max in pursuit of getting the fastest time possible without any distraction. And Campenaerts got in at a great time after Wiggins’ sub-optimal effort and before anyone else got there…