Conor Dunne, World’s Highest Rider from Ireland
ProCyclingStats released a data about the height and weight of the average elite racer at WorldTour in 2017. The result, the average racer has a height of 180.9 centimeters. While the average weight is 68.9 kilograms.
Now, the highest racer title at WorldTour is held by Conor Dunne with 204 centimeters. The 2018 Irish national champion strengthened the Israel Cycling Academy in the 2019 race. He has appeared at the 2019 Giro d’Italia. It’s just that he failed to get on the podium.
“I am as high as 2.04m. That is equivalent to 82 brand chocolate smarties when stacked into one. I can also eat all that chocolate,” joked Dunne in his Twitter account.
With a height of up to more than two meters, the size of the bike worn by Dunne was different from other drivers. While still racing for An Post Chain Reaction, Vitus as a bicycle provider made a frame with a size of 62 centimeters XXL.
Another racer who has the same height as Dunne is Guillermo Brunetta from Argentina. Not only the height that touched 204 centimeters, the holder of four Argentine national titles also weighs 97 kilograms. But his career was spent in South America.
Besides Dunne, and Brunetta, who are more than two meters high, the world also noted Samuel Dumoulin as the shortest racer at WorldTour last year. Dumoulin is 159 centimeters high. However, the record for the shortest racer is held by Vicente Belda (Spain) by 154 centimeters.
So, does height also affect racer performance on the track?
A study conducted by ProCyclingStats in 2017 found that time trial racers were on average higher than pro racers at WorldTour. In contrast, racers with a typical climber are 1.6 centimeters shorter on average than sprinters. They are also 2.7 centimeters shorter than the average racer at WorldTour.
However, there will always be exceptions to the rule. Chris Froome, for example. Froome has a height of 1.86 meters. He is much higher than his rivals on the Grand Tour. “The key factor is not height, but strength, and your strength to weight ratio,