Cycling Findings #1a
Interesting research from the cycling science literature
Anthropometric comparison of cyclists from different events Foley, Bird and White, 1989
Whether you're a serious cyclist, a novice or simply prefer watching others do the suffering, you're probably aware that, although clearly an endurance sport, different types of cycling suit different types of rider. Even the casual fan knows that there are climbers, sprinters and time trialists.
Obviously, there are certain essential characteristics that are shared by all strong riders and there is a large overlap between the categories, but nevertheless there are specific physical traits that predispose a rider to excel in one discipline relative to the others. Some of these traits are based on unchangeable skeletal features.