Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Big Boy Watts!

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

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