Would a bike be 'competitive' down a super-g ski run?

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  • DrP
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    Just watching the Olympic highlights – was wondering if a bike (?? Dh bike with spikes) keep any pace with a skier?
    I’ve really no idea of a ski’s ability to dig in on the corners would far outrun a bike with spikes….

    Discuss…

    DrP

    Premier Icon oliverracing
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    not even close would be my thought!

    creamegg
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    No chance

    Premier Icon jameso
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    I’d pay to see that..
    I’d bet on the skier tho.

    Premier Icon ceepers
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    No chance – the tv really doesn’t convey how fast the skiers are going!

    stuey
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    I gonna say – no chance – those skiers must be 90mph(?)
    <edit much faster than my typing>

    Premier Icon iain1775
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    If it happened, and was televised I would complain about the BBC’s commentary

    But no, I suspect not

    Premier Icon lunge
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    No is the short answer. The bite a good skier generates with a a sharp pair of ski edges is something you have no chance of getting close to with any pair of tyres. Don’t underestimate how steep the courses are either, much steeper than any MTB course I have ever seen.

    Premier Icon Andy
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    Speed skiing: Simone Origone (Italy) 251.4 km/h (156.2 mph); Les Arcs, France, April 2006

    Cycling: Eric Barone (France), 222 km/h (138 mph); Les Arcs, France, April 21, 2000

    From Google init so must be reet.

    Premier Icon Speshpaul
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    This
    “Don’t underestimate how steep the courses are either,”

    shifter
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    Johan (not Julian) Clarey recently became the first to do 100mph in a proper downhill so Super G is probably a bit less than 90. All the same, the bike would have no chance!

    DrP
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    I thought as much.

    How about the other way around? Put a guy on planks down fort William wc course….?!

    DrP

    Premier Icon theotherjonv
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    Max speeds in super g are around 80, so average will be a chunk slower. Still faster than a bike on the same course though.

    Compare the length of the ski edges to that of the side knobs engaged on a bike tyre. The wheels have no chance!

    shifter
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    How about the other way around? Put a guy on planks down fort William wc course….?!

    I’d be surprised if no-one had done that. Especially with the snow they’re having at the moment.

    DrP
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    Compare the length of the ski edges to that of the side knobs engaged on a bike tyre. The wheels have no chance!

    Have you NOT heard of 29ers 😉

    DrP

    mrmo
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    kilometre lance Les Arcs

    On the very simple basis that pointed down a hill skiers are much quicker, before you even begin to think about going round a corner, bike would be no where.

    However if you designed a course on snow for cyclists and sent a skier down it, if you make it tight enough a bike might be faster.

    mrmo
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    [video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4_xlFtcPLk[/video]

    However if you designed a course on snow for cyclists and sent a skier down it, if you make it tight flat enough a bike might be faster.

    FTFY

    mrmo
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    However if you designed a course on snow for cyclists and sent a skier down it, if you make it tight flat enough a bike might be faster.

    FTFY

    i did think about putting uphill in it, then i remembered how fit the average mtb rider is 😉

    Premier Icon mrhoppy
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    The biker would be off at the 1st corner if they were doing well, skiing tracks have bullet proof surfaces, and there is now way they’d keep up even if they could stay on.

    Rich_s
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    Does no one remember the You Bet episode with jez Avery?

    Premier Icon scaredypants
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    On snow the bike would have no chance

    If the bike waited and did the same route in summer, piloted by a complete nutter – still no chance

    Slogo
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    on a 26er no chance!

    On a 29er hell yes. Roll faster init!

    Premier Icon takisawa2
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    That snowboarding where they all go at the same time, now that looked a laugh.
    Reminded me of BMX.
    That course would be good on a bike in the hands of someone who can jump. (ie: not me).

    el chambre
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    From 2004 Cedric Gracia was 11 seconds slower, if I remember correctly the guys on bikes were only allowed the one run.

    http://bb.nsmb.com/showthread.php?t=35833

    Premier Icon timmys
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    That snowboarding where they all go at the same time, now that looked a laugh.
    Reminded me of BMX.
    That course would be good on a bike in the hands of someone who can jump. (ie: not me).

    I take it you are unfamiliar with 4X?

    hexhamstu
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    Biking POV vs. Skiing POV | A-Line, Whistler Blackcomb

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