Etape 1 – Anglet – La Pierre St Martin 15/08/2015
Victoria Grimmer #1128 link to ride data: https://www.cyclinganalytics.com/ride/713241189680
Time behind Winner: 00:08:16
Results: 2nd /31 Overall, 2nd in <40 Category
Team: Paramount/Stan’s Cycles
Victoria is a 32 year old Police Constable, Mom of two (Poppy and Matilda), partner to fellow Police Officer and competitive runner, George. She’s a #MyPower rider, riding InfoCrank during the Haute Route Pyrenees.
Learn more about Victoria here: http://www.shropshirelive.com/2014/02/13/first-woman-cyclist-joins-top-shropshire-team/ and http://www.sportifmagazine.com/reviews-home/infocrank
Just want kind of effort did it take to finish 2nd Overall Female?
For starters, minimal time in the support/feed zones or stopping in general. Victoria spent a mere 25 seconds over nearly 5.5 hours at a stop. Verve covered how to handle Aid Stations in our 4th Webinar for #MyPower Haute Route Riders here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9x-PK1h1MuI
Let’s just say Victoria nailed it.
So what else got Victoria across the line as the second overall female on Stage One of the Haute Route Pyrenees?
Well, here’s where we can talk about the really good stuff, where we compare apples to apples instead of apples to oranges. That is, Watts per kilogram (W/lkg) vs Watts*.
Weight: 122.4 pounds/55.6 kgs
Functional Threshold Power (FTP): 228 (maximal power than can be sustain for 1 hour/60 minutes)
FTP w/kg (or Power to weight ratio): 4.1
*Why W/kg instead of just Watts:
“Raw watts aren’t the most reliable metric of performance, because riders put out varying levels. A big rider like Argos-Shimano’s Marcel Kittel can generally produce higher watts on flat or rolling terrain than a climber like Nairo Quintana of Movistar, but since Kittel is larger he must produce bigger numbers to keep the same speed. A better measure, especially on climbs, is watts produced per kilogram of body weight (that normalizes the size difference). This is commonly used when talking about threshold power, but it factors for the other tests as well. How much better are Tour riders than the rest of us? A contender for the overall classification can produce just above 6 w/Kg on major climbs of the race. By comparison, a domestic pro could manage a best of 5-5.5w/Kg; a good, competitive amateur or masters’ racer can put out around 4w/Kg and an untrained person would struggle to produce 2.5w/Kg. That’s right, a Tour pro can produce about 50 percent more watts than a competitive amateur racer and more than twice what an untrained person could.”
– Source: http://www.bicycling.com/training/fitness/guide-power-meter-metrics
Victoria spent nearly 2.5 hours at or above FTP (maximal average power sustainable for 1 hour, 4.1 w/kg), 43 minutes at VO2 (maximal aerobic power, 4.3-4.9 w/kg), and just over 22 minutes at anaerobic power (without oxygen! +4.9 w/kg).
See the chart (summary stats) below to see the breakdown of Victoria’s Stage one. Included are the values in watts per kilogram (w/kg) or power to weight ratio in case you want to see how you stack up against this little powerhouse.