I’ve been watching some Discovery Channel this weekend, and they keep pimping their new show “The Science of Lance Armstrong,” set to air all week long.
One of the first things they mention in the spot, as a secret to his success, is (paraphrasing) “a bike that weighs less than a horseshoe.” According to the NHPA, a pitching horseshoe is no more than 2 lb, 10 oz. And “real” horseshoes are considerably smaller than the kind you throw in the back yard.
The UCI rules say that the bicycle can weigh no less than 6.8 kg. Even if this rule were not in place, I don’t think we’ll be seeing a 2 lb road bike any time soon.
So what could they possibly mean by that statement? I’ve heard it a half a dozen times, so I’m pretty sure I’m not hearing it wrong. Did someone not do their fact checking? Or am I misinterpreting the message?
And this, from the channel that brough us Mythbusters. Shame on them for spreading lies.