Cycling

Comparative and longitudinal physiology

2015-07-21: There's been much talk of how physiological data - a VO2max - would validate or refute cycling performance. The reality is, as usual, a…

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Semi-transparency, smoke, mirrors and an illustrative case

2015-07-21: As rest day #2 of the Tour arrives, more and more talk of transparency, with a vague commitment of average cadence from a stage from…

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Neanderthals, aliens, performance data & context

2015-07-18: A neanderthal took to urine throwing in the Tour. Patriotism sure does inspire stupid actions sometimes. The preoccupation with the performance and physiological data inspires…

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Close your eyes really tightly

2015-07-15: I gave an interview to Off the Ball radio today. Here's that interview, plus some extra thoughts on…

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Day 1 in the mountains: One more pixel, context & mistrust

2015-07-14: Chris Froome produced a dominant display to win the first mountain finish of the 2015 Tour de France. As always, doubts exist around the…

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Long live transparency – the data video controversy

2015-07-14: The first rest day of the 2015 Tour de France provided a video linked to data of Chris Froome's 2013 Mont Ventoux domination. It…

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A no-good week for doping in sport

2015-06-07: A bad week for doping, with allegations against Salazar and Rupp, and the suspension of the UCI/WADA case against Roman Kreuziger. Some brief thoughts on…

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High performance: Complex simplicity

2014-11-27: At the recent BASES conference in the UK, Team GB's track cycling team presented their high performance philosophy. It boils down to "complex simplicity", and…

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

2014-10-13: Oleg Tinkov has dangled a 1 million Euro purse to entice cycling's big four - Contador, Nibali, Quintana and Froome - into racing all three…

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