One of the key things for me is that, unlike the Sub2 marathon project, they’re not starting with the established proven record holders for the distance.
Whatever the conditions they use, it will always be open to “Frodo, Ryf etc. could have gone faster under the same circumstances” which couldn’t really be said about Kipchoge.
I’d still tune in, like I did for the marathon, as it’s an interesting exercise if nothing else.
It’s a marketing spectacle, personally i don’t see the problem with it. Why not. Nobody informed actually considers it a real world record. If they get some exposure and a payday out of it, why not? It’s their job at the end of the day.
But yeah, sub 7 is going to be very tricky. I think they could potentially still do it with human cyclists if they take it to peloton levels .Think oif the average speed on the tour stages, for 200kms for example on a flat day. There are people who will barely expend any energy all day.
I guess it depends on how ‘legit’ they want it to be. Clearly it’ll be on a sliding scale, starting a fair bit away from in a race situation.
I was basically writing the same thing, but you got in first. If you set it up as a massive TTT, with your chosen leader never doing any work, then on a flat straight course with no tight bends, they could absolutely rocket along