Does anyone know a racing cyclist who doesn’t want to go faster? It is the Holy Grail of cycling; more speed and more speed usually requires more power, better aerodynamics, less weight or ideally a combination of all three. Structured training can, over a period of time, increase an athlete’s power output and this will make you go faster. Less weight does the same, and of course we have all read about the aero gains and seen those shiny new aero frames.
However what if actual training seems like hard work? losing weight fills you with dread and the bank manager won’t fund another £700 trip to the wind tunnel to test a different frame / helmet / wheel combo?
What if I were to suggest that you could go faster and the total cost of this in a lot of cases would actually be zero? That’s right, no pounds and no pence…
Where’s the catch?
It requires you to make an investment, but not a financial one, an investment in yourself. Let me explain…
Without fail everyone *thinks* that they push down on one pedal and at the same time that they pull up on the other & that the combination of the two makes the bike go forwards. Well newsflash, in 99.99% of cases this isn’t actually true. Shock horror. What actually happens is that the leg going down does deliver power to moving the bike forward but it also pushes the other leg up which is power generated that doesn’t make the bike move forwards, power lost!
Using Garmin Vector pedals we have an accurate way to measure the efficiency of a pedal stroke and through a series of carefully planned workouts we can teach you to pedal more efficiently.
As always a picture is worth a thousand words, in this case you get three for the price of two… since on of our athletes has kindly agreed to allow the sharing of the following charts. The charts below are from three workouts separated by at least a month during which time the athlete in question was given a number of pedalling specific drills to complete. The charts included in this post are from WKO4 in which we created a new chart in order to track how much power was being lost on the pedal upstroke. All three workouts were completed on a turbo.
March 2016 – power = 228W @ 23% power loss
June 2016 – power = 247W @ 17% power loss
July 2016 – power = 277W @ 13% power loss
In the case of this this rider that is a handy 21% increase in power output and a 10% increase in efficiency. Roll on August!