Posts Tagged: cycling

MTB Pacing Analysis

Just for fun, let’s look at my pacing segments on the mountain bike: Down Up Delta Total Time Power Time Power Time Power Time Power 4.00 332 4.15 282 0.15 -50 8.15 306 4.10 304 4.14 298 0.04 -6 8.24 301 4.04 314 4.09 308 0.05 -6 8.13 311 4.05 334 – – – –… Read more »

Not Marginal – Vast Gains

I decided to try and quantify the speed difference between mountain bike and road bike. TLDR; the road bike is approximately 13% faster (equivalently the mountain bike is 15% slower). If you are commuting, buy a cyclocross bike.

Better performance, worse time

It’s Wednesday, so last night was time trial night as usual. Here are my down and up splits in the format we’ve seen before: Down Up Delta Total Time Power Time Power Time Power Time Power 3.45 176 3.40 249 -0.05 +73 7.25 212 3.56 168 3.46 244 -0.10 +78 7.42 205 3.34 220 3.39 245 0.05 +25… Read more »

Pride

Cerys improved her 10 mile PB from 37.42 to 36.00 last night; an improvement of more than 6% (and 10% on her immediately preceding effort). Also impressive was how she did it: she thought my pacing plan made sense and tried to execute it. Here is her ride last night as a comparison table: Down Up… Read more »

25 Miles is a Different Experience

This week’s time trial at RAF Weston on the Green was a little different to usual: the main event was over 25 miles instead of just 10. Here is the record of my 25 mile ride on Strava: Official timekeeping clocked me at 1 hour 15 minutes 57 seconds. Read on for some thoughts on pacing.

Flo 30 Rims

Yesterday evening Cerys and I used the new aerodynamic wheels I built in a 10 mile individual time trial for the first time. Now therefore seems a good time to draw some conclusions. In summary, Flo Cycling have done an excellent job of the aerodynamics with the Flo 30: the bike stability is a massive improvement over… Read more »

Speed for Sale

You can’t buy fitness; if anyone offers to sell it to you it’s probably time to call WADA. But as a cyclist you can legally buy performance in other ways: when you are cycling your speed is that at which the propulsion force you generate is equal and opposite to the forces opposing your motion. These forces are many and… Read more »

10 Mile ITT PB (again)

Yesterday Cerys and I took to the black stuff for a 10 mile individual time trial; my second, her first. The event was hosted by Bicester Millennium Cycle Club at RAF Weston-on-the-Green. I rode a 29.24 (averaging 32.84 km/h) and Cerys stopped the clock at 37.42 (averaging 25.61 km/h).

One Week To Go

Less, in fact, until the first bicycle race of my nascent cycling career. I’m taking it quite seriously as you may have gathered.

Power Test: Failed

Having received a power meter and a copy of Training and Racing with a Power Meter it seemed like time to try and work out my Functional Threshold Power.