I’m loving the experience and have a few suggestions from a 6’6” 102kg rider.
First, I’ve seen the threads regarding the weight calculations for climbing, wind resistance, weight, bikes, etc… nice job getting us close and I’ll leave it to the physicists and punters to argue the rest. I don’t have enough experience on the road to know any better.
That said, a larger, relatively fit rider is obviously at a disadvantage in many areas of the sport including climbing, wind resistance, acceleration, clothing size, etc… That’s natural. However, there are so many incentives for light riders (climbers) in the game but none for riders who can descend rapidly. Speed demon badge I guess would be one.
Watching tour events, rapid descents can really make a difference and I’d like to see a timed descent or maybe some badges for a good descent time. These things would keep us Clydesdales more engaged, knowing there was at least one hook to hang our hat. I often just try to hold on to a pack on the climb, knowing that I can pass on the descent and shake drafters loose if I want to be mean.
Just a thought. Ride on all.