Cycling Physiology  // Posts categorised as Cycling Physiology

Concussion in cycling: A challenge for culture & policy change

Dramatic footage in the aftermath of a Tom Skujns crash in the Tour of California triggered some discussion around cycling's concussion protocols. Some thoughts on the tricky, if not impossible proposition of introducing a "recognize and remove" policy to cycling

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04 Jul 2016 Posted in 2016 Tour de France/Cycling Physiology

The profile of a sprint: What does it take to win a sprint stage?

The 2016 Tour de France is three stages down, and it's 3 to the sprinters. This article, a republish from 2014, looks at the power output, aerodynamics and tactics of a pro sprint, with a little help from a guest contributor expert, Paolo Menaspa

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Eight quick thoughts on the Froome data

Chris Froome's data, or the first part thereof, was published in Esquire yesterday evening. Some thoughts on what it says, means, and what may yet be added

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Froome’s scenarios: The data, dilemmas and dark side of the moon

Chris Froome's data is due to be released tomorrow. Here are my thoughts on what it shows, what it can't show, the testers, the process, and some predictive scenarios for you to play with when those numbers do come out

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22 Jul 2015 Posted in 2015 Tour de France/Cycling Physiology

Great power, great responsibility. Less power, greater speeds

"With great power comes great responsibility", quoted Sky as they released Froome's power data from the Pyrenees. Only problem is that with less power than some rivals, he achieved greater speeds. Physics reared its head, and created impossible scenarios.

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21 Jul 2015 Posted in 2015 Tour de France/Cycling Physiology

Comparative and longitudinal physiology

There's been much talk of how physiological data - a VO2max - would validate or refute cycling performance. The reality is, as usual, a little more complex than this. My take, some illustrative examples of the concept, and suggestions for how performance, physiology & biology can work together to tell the story

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13 Oct 2014 Posted in Cycling Physiology/Doping in Cycling

Tinkov’s 3 Grand Tour challenge: Physiological, or folly?

Oleg Tinkov has dangled a 1 million Euro purse to entice cycling's big four - Contador, Nibali, Quintana and Froome - into racing all three Grand Tours. Is it physiological? Or Folly?

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The 2014 Tour: Performance implications & a reflection on the origins

Very brief thoughts on the 2014 Tour, and a particular nostalgic moment to 2009, when David Walsh actually introduced me to performance analysis as a means to flag possible doping. How times (and nationalities) have changed.

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08 Jul 2014 Posted in 2014 Tour de France/Cycling Physiology

The profile of a sprint: What does it take to win a sprint stage?

What does it take to win sprint stages and the green jersey of the Tour de France? I explore the power output, aerodynamics and tactics of a pro sprint, with a little help from a guest contributor expert

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