An in depth analysis of Chris Horner’s 2002 Redlands Prologue TT victory
words and images by Kraig Willett
(4/10/2005: A note from the author: The mathematical modeling methods in this article have been dramatically improved in the days since this article first appeared in 2002. With the better models, the absolute numbers may have changed for this analysis, but the overall message remains the same...)
One of the favorite questions that I like to ask any bicycle company representative I meet is: “Are the performance benefits of the widget you sell, significant?” It is a great question because the answer one receives tells a lot about the person you are talking to. If a one sided answer proclaiming that the widget in question is the best thing since sliced bread is received, it can be assumed that the “dark side” of the force (marketing/sales hype) has overtaken this particular person. However, if a well-balanced answer stating that significance is a difficult subject open to many interpretations and perceptions, it can be assured that the person is firmly grounded in reality. I would much rather chat with the person who holds the latter opinion of “significance”.