BY SHAWN HEIDGEN
TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT
When I started this blog post, it started as means to communicate common trends among cyclists, not just with themselves (yes they are extremely consistent riders overall) but with each other too. I was putting together the last 5 days of the Haute Route riders
Whether racing for a top result or just trying to finish each day within the time limit, they all rode very similarly.
But then, something else came out of the data. Of course, we (the Verve InfoCrank team) have been claiming it all along but now we have proof. Proof of what you ask?
TRUE AND PRECISE DATA
I’ve included screenshots of every #MyPower Rider riding an InfoCrank at the Haute Route Pyrenees. 11 riders have been regualrly uploading data. All of the data is 100% is unedited– don’t believe me? Send an email to CyclingAnalytics.com and ask yourself. (Sorry David Johnstone in advance if you get a flurry of emails). The riders experienced a myriad of weather conditions, including freezings temps at altitude to hot temps in the valleys.
What do you see?
- No Data spikes
- No Dropouts
- Huge consistency, not only within each rider’s data, but comparing all of the data, stage after stage.
InfoCrank is the most accurate, reliable, true power meter on the market today. Not only is every InfoCrank true and precise, but each one is accurate against all other InfoCranks too. This so powerful for coaches and sports scientists!
We can now confidently, reliably and accurately compare data sets from multiple riders without ever editing their files.
Want to see more proof? Click here and see that the maximum error of an InfoCrank is certified to .57% at any weight > InfoCrank Certificate of Accuracy
THE DATA // Peak Power Curves for 6 out 7 stages Of #MyPower Haute Route Pyrenees Riders
Blue: 8/20 Stage 6
Purple: 8/19 Stage 5 ITT
Maroon (reddish purple): 8/18 Stage 4
Orange: 8/17 Stage 3
Lime (yellow green): 8/16 Stage 2
Green: 8/15 Stage 1
What to look for
- Did riders put out more power or less as the race progressed?
- Blue, purple, and maroon higher up or more prominent= Yes
- Green, lime green and orange higher up or more prominent = No
- Riders with higher peaks of watts/per kilogram (w/kg) = riders closing gaps, sprinting, accelerating to break away or go with a faster group
- Notice at what time frame did most riders settle into a pretty constant effort? Individual results on less than 5 minutes, but for the most part once a rider was putting out substantial power for 5 minutes, they had settled into a threshold or tempo effort. After 5 minutes there is very little power decay over time. Indicating, not a lot of VO2 type efforts.
RESULTS // So how did they do?
- MALE #MyPower results range from 22nd to 263rd out of 287 Men
- FEMALE #MyPower results range from 2nd to 5th out of 26 Women
So, our riders are all over the spectrum (except the women- they were just that good!) yet the data clearly shows common trends among all.
WHAT IT MEANS // The takeaway for riders doing an event like this?
It’s all about Functional Threshold POWER or FTP at the Haute Route. Whether you are racing to win or just finish.