So, you think you can ride a Stage of the TDF with the big boys do you? I doubt it, unless you're a touring Pro. Do you think you have the Power to lead out one of the best climbers in the World? Here is a Power Profile of Team Saxo Bank's Chris Anker Sorenson leading Andy Schleck up the Pyranees. Notice the speed, cadence and elevation profile. Most importantly NOTICE the Power Output...that's 6 w/kg for 21 minutes. I've tested many a strong rider, but NEVER have I tested one with a Power to Weight Ratio of 6. That's BIGTIME Power! What's your w/kg for 21 minutes? 3, 4 or 5 max? And, is that fresh, or is that after 2 weeks of riding HARD each day, and 3-4 hours into a 5-6 hr. HARD race? Pretty incredible if you ask me. That's why they're Pros and that's why most of you reading this right now have 9-5 jobs OTHER than riding your bike. Good reason eh?
Wanna know/hear something even more humbling for all you pro wannabe r's out there, I'll bet you Chris Anker Sorenson's w/kg ratio isn't even one of the top 5 in the TDF. Anybody know what the top w/kg would be for a 20 min. effort in the TDF? Possibly 7 w/kg?
Power Profile courtesy of Hunter Allen and Peaks Coaching Group. Power ON! Coach Rob