Title

Power output and pacing during international cross-country mountain bike cycling

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Int J Sports Physiol Perform

Medical Subject Headings

Adult; Anaerobic Threshold; Bicycling; Competitive Behavior; Exercise Test; Heart Rate; Humans; Male; Oxygen Consumption; Physical Endurance; Young Adult

ISSN

1555-0273

Volume

13

Issue

9

First Page

1243

Last Page

1249

PubMed ID

29688109

Publisher

Human Kinetics, Inc.

School

School of Exercise and Health Science

Comments

Originally published as:

Granier, C., Abbiss, C. R., Aubry, A., Vauchez, Y., Dorel, S., Hausswirth, C., & Le Meur, Y. (2018). Power output and pacing during international cross-country mountain bike cycling. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 13(9). 1243-1249.

Original article available here.

Abstract

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.

DOI

10.1123/ijspp.2017-0516

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