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I'm doing my catch up of the Tour de France from the weekend, so I'm watching what I recorded from Friday/Saturday. Vinokourov, so far is holding his own in the peloton, but he's not frontrunning so the injuries are probably still limiting him.

Here's a thought. I've watched this race quite a few times, but it's just now occurred to me. Where are the black guys? Why don't black guys figure in bicycle racing? Hmmm. Differences in muscle composition would be my best guess, but I'm surprised there are none in a starting field of 189 riders.
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From: tarheelmom Date: July 18th, 2007 03:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
My best guess would be that they do not have the endurance, and also the matter of muscle composition.
acey From: acey Date: July 18th, 2007 10:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Your question got me thinking (and googling). ( Here ) is an interesting article which pertains to it a bit.
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: July 19th, 2007 12:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Tour de France, 189 riders, no blacks (that I've observed). This has nothing to do with the underprivileged minorities of the inner cities of America not receiving free bikes, so I still wonder what the real reason is. My view is that here in the U.S. bicycling is still not a very popular sport, and I would agree that it is certainly more expensive than basketball or football. The article makes a legitimate point about cycling in the U.S.

However, in Europe and the rest of the world, one would expect to see enough black riders that at least one showed up in the elite riders in the sport. That's odd to me and I can't think of another pro sport where you don't see a mix. A notable exception until recent years was pro golf, again, on U.S. soil, anyway. The reasons for that were numerous, and some of them elitist, but I have no clue if there are black golfers in other parts of the world.

The Tour just became a noticeable exception to me after I observed that there were many nationalities represented, but none of the teams had black riders. Not one. That suggests to me that, for some reason, they may not be as physically suited to bicycling. I actually don't think that's the reason, as variations in physical structure and muscle composition vary by individual and not by race. But it's the only reason that came to mind for an international lack of black pro riders, within my limited observation of the sport.
acey From: acey Date: July 19th, 2007 02:00 am (UTC) (Link)
I think economics (a huge outlay for competitive equipment as compared to other sports where one's equipment might be a good pair of shoes) and opportunity (reasonable places to practice, meaning good roads) play a part in it too. Perhaps culturally, the interest hasn't developed yet either.

One of the articles I read cited a study which showed that blacks were more susceptible to ruptures of the achilles tendon. I'm not sure how true this is, but perhaps the pedaling motion aggravates it, if it's true.

I am in over my head here, but it has been interesting reading about it.

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