Fixed Wheelnut wrote:Richmond Racer wrote:EPO is not the only helper. Doping does predate EPO.
But I dont want to turn this into a doping discussion re a local HC. I mentioned it more as a reflection of how some people think re this record standing for so long.
Phil taking and setting that record was a combination of good form and fantastic conditions;
1/ Phil Mason was in great form
2/ A storm had taken a lot of the tree coverage down.
3/ The road surface was allegedly good after being resurfaced
4/ The weather had been dry so grip was good.
5/ All riders had a helping tail wind up the hill.
Slippery surface is the killer to a ride on that hill, the thick foliage cover shades the road and local farmers vehicles leave a muddy damp slippery coating on the road that I reckon would need a few decent days to dry out.
Thought the storm was 1987? Or was this a previous storm?