Power output and pacing during international cross-country mountain bike cycling
International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
Medical Subject Headings
Adult; Anaerobic Threshold; Bicycling; Competitive Behavior; Exercise Test; Heart Rate; Humans; Male; Oxygen Consumption; Physical Endurance; Young Adult
Human Kinetics, Inc.
School of Exercise and Health Sciences
PURPOSE: To characterize the physiological profiles of elite cross-country mountain-bike (XCO-MTB) cyclists and to examine their pacing and power-output (PO) distribution during international races.
METHODS: Over 2 competitive seasons, 8 male XCO-MTB cyclists (VO
RESULTS: Mean PO, speed, cadence, and HR during the races were 283 (22) W (4.31 [0.32] W·kg
CONCLUSIONS: Elite off-road cyclists demonstrated typical values of world-class endurance cyclists with an excellent power-to-mass ratio. This study demonstrated that XCO-MTB races are performed at higher intensities than reported in previous research and are characterized by a fast start followed by an even pace.