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Consider a man on a bike in a competition against man on a horse. Who
do you think would win and under what circumstances. I am conisering
all types of horses, terrain and bikes. E.g. Mountain bikes over rough
ground on dirt tracks or a buitumen road with the horse running on
“100 miles (160km) in one day: There could not be a higher target to achieve. It’s tough, gruelling, technical and requires phenomenal fitness, balance, training, dedication, and concentration of both horse and rider.” — Competitive Long Distance Horse Riding Society
Riding a horse 100 miles is the apex of horse endurance achievement?
Horsepower Versus Manpower
A couple weeks ago in the Palm Beach Post, I read an article about a Wellington (Florida) woman who rode a horse 100 miles in a competitive event. I wasn’t all that impressed. It took her and the horse 14 hour or so hours.
I did my first bicycle century in less time and I’m sure I was in worse shape than her horse. Is that time an anomaly? Certainly I can’t be faster than a horse, right?
The American Endurance Ride Conference, the governing body for long distance horse riding, posts scores online. The best score I could find in 2008 over a 100-mile distance was 8:41 for Carol Giles riding SAR Tiki Stranger. That comes out to about 12 miles an hour. I’m still not impressed.
South Broward Wheelers Century Ride: Nov. 2
This coming Sunday, I’ll be riding the 2008 South Broward Wheelers Century Ride.
My goal for this ride is to finish in less than eight and a half hours. If I make that goal, I will consider myself superior to a horse in terms of endurance distance riding.
Anyone else up for taking on a horse?
Horsepower to Watts to Marketing
James ‘Fast Jimmy’ Watt was in marketing and wanted to sell steam engines. He did some math on the back of a flour sack and decided that a pony mule working in a mine could do a certain amount of work. He then guessed that a horse could do twice that amount of work. Based on that, he decided that a horse could do 33,000 foot pounds of force per minute. Thus, horsepower was born.
Based on Fast Jimmy’s analysis one horsepower is about 746 watts.
An average cyclist in good shape can produce 200 watts for hours at a time. A top-level professional cyclist can generate 500 watts. All else being equal, a horse produces two to four times more horsepower than a cyclist.
Why Cyclists Go Further, Faster than Horses
Gears and efficiency, mostly. Possibly SportLegs. No, mostly gears.
While cyclists are human, their bikes are machines. A great cyclist can translate about 20% of his energy into power. The rest is wasted.
Given that a horse is starting out with so much more raw power, you gotta wonder how efficient a horse is at converting energy to power. I guess you also have to wonder how far and fast horses could go if they road bikes.
Cyclists also aren’t bound by the rules of PETA. We are allowed to abuse ourselves long past the point where the average person would consider it cruel and unusual.
The Early, Deadly Days of Motorcycle Racing
A century ago, Americans fell in love with speed. While the Wright Brothers flew overhead and Model T’s rolled off Henry Ford’s assembly line, the new sport of motorcycle racing began drawing large crowds bent on celebrating a piston-powered future.
The Hendee Manufacturing Company introduced the 1.75-horsepower, single-cylinder Indian in 1901. Harley-Davidson followed in 1903. Inevitably, racing ensued. Early contests were held on horse-racing ovals and bicycle velodromes, but around 1909 wooden tracks built specifically for cars and motorcycles began to appear in Los Angeles and then elsewhere.
It was in 1911 that a livery worker named Ashley Franklin Van Order moved from Illinois to Southern California so he could ride his motorcycle year-round. Van Order took a job selling Harley-Davidsons and began riding competitively, but his racing career was cut short soon afterward by an accident, followed by an ultimatum. “His wife, Lilly, told him that if he ever rode again, she was out of there,” says Van Order’s grandson, Jim Bolingmo Sr., a retired professor of science and math. Van Order turned to photography, and the images he amassed from the mid-1910s through the 1920s—his own and possibly others’—constitute the most complete and compelling visual record of early motorcycle racing.
What is the world’s fastest motorcycle?
To own or ride a super-fast motorcycle may be one of your dreams. Feel the rise of your adrenaline when you’re at high speed on a motorcycle.
Riding a superbike becomes more thrilling and adventurous than cars. They scream of freedom from the daily drone, giving you a means of kickstarting your boring commute.
At the top speed of 420 mph, the Dodge Tomahawk is the world’s fastest motorcycle ever produced. The key specifications of the bike are Top speed: 420 miles per hour. 8.3 liter, V-10 SRT 10 Dodge Viper engine.
Let’s take a look at who’s making 10 fastest motorcycles you can buy today.
10 Aprilia RSV 1000 R
- Top Speed: 175 mph (280 km/h)
- Year: 2007-present
- Engine: 998 cc V-Twin liquid cooled V-twin (143 hp)
- Price: $16,000
- Top Speed: 182 mph (293 km/h)
- Year: 2015-present
- Engine: 998 cc, liquid-cooled, 16-valve (200 hp)
- Price: $16,700
8MV Agusta F4 1000R
- Top Speed: 186 mph (299 km/h)
- Year: 2006-present
- Engine: 998 cc liquid cooled inline four cylinder, 4 strokes (175 hp)
- Price: $23,000
7Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R
- Top Speed: 186 mph (299 km/h)
- Year: 2012-present
- Engine: 1,441 cc four-stroke, liquid-cooled (207.9 hp)
- Price: $16,000
- Top Speed: 188 mph (303 km/h)
- Year: 2009–present
- Engine: 999 cc (61.0 cu in) inline-4 (199 hp)
- Price: $20,000
- Learn More: BMW S1000RR Wiki
- Top Speed: 188–194 mph mph (303–312 km/h)
- Year: 1999
- Engine: 1,299 cc 4-stroke inline-four (173.9 hp)
- Price: $13,500
- Top Speed: 194 mph (312 km/h)
- Year: 2012-present
- Engine: 1,137 cc liquid-cooled 4-stroke (152.9 hp)
- Price: $11,500
3MTT Y2K Turbine Superbike
- Top Speed: 227 mph (365 km/h)
- Year: 2000–2005
- Engine: Rolls-Royce 250-C18 turboshaft (320 hp)
- Price: $200,000
2Kawasaki Ninja H2R
- Top Speed: 206–249 mph (331–400 km/h)
- Year: 2015–present
- Engine: Supercharged 998 cc inline-4 DOHC (310 hp)
- Price: $50,000
- Top Speed: 300-420 mph (480-680 km/h)
- Year: 2003–2006 (9 units total)
- Engine: 8.3 L V10 (500 hp)
- Price: $555,000
- Learn More: Dodge Tomahawk Wiki
Why Can Horses Run So Fast?
Horses are prey animals, and speed is their top defense mechanism. That makes it a given that keeping their speed in top form is a priority in nature.
But beyond this, horses have been bred for speed throughout the last couple of hundred years. Racehorse breeders are selective of the stock whose genetics they capitalize on, much like the process of natural selection.
By breeding their fastest horses to the fastest horse they can find, genetics eventually weed out the slower genes.
But that isn’t to say that other traits aren’t important. No matter how physically capable a horse might be, a horse that is unwilling or uninterested in running will never run as fast as a horse that loves to run. It isn’t all about the horse’s frame and muscle.
Even Seabiscuit needed some motivation to get him running at top speed, for example. He liked to look his competition in the eye before giving them a good view of his behind on the track.
Fastest Horse Racing Records:
Winning Brew, a Thoroughbred, holds the record for the fastest race finish, completing two furlongs in just 20:57, with a speed of 43.97 MPH out of the gate. It wouldn’t be much fun to be unseated from a horse moving that fast!
Factors That Affect a Horse’s Speed
Racehorses must carry a rider on their back, slowing them down a little, and to be fair, racing professionals weigh and regulate the amount of weight that each horse must carry.
While the owners want to be sure the weight the horse carries is minimal, the racing associations don’t want any of them to have an unfair advantage by carrying too little weight, either.
The frame, or conformation of a horse also affects how much speed a horse can reach. Despite the fact that racehorses are usually leggy Thoroughbreds, it depends more on the type of muscle fibers that a horse is made up of than how long a horse’s legs are. The stride angle also plays a key role.
The reason the stride angle and muscle fibre type are important comes down to the physics of the matter. A horse’s run speed depends on how quickly the horse is able to stretch out and recoil his frame. A longer stretch and faster recoil time results in a greater speed.
So what does a good stride consist of? The average stride of racehorse is around 20 feet. The great Man O’War, however, had a stride of 28 feet, almost half again that number.
Stride rate averages somewhere between 130 – 140 strides per minutes. Stride angle is not so easy to determine, but it is a well-known fact that the amazing Secretariat had an unbelievable 110° stride angle.
Some other factors that have proven to be keys to speed include good airflow through the respiratory system, a strong heart, excellent muscle tone, and a solid frame.
Surprisingly, the fastest horses are the most average in build, with an average height and average muscle proportioning. The famous Seabiscuit was only 15 hh and Northern Dancer was also small but powerful.