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A-level PE - Unit 3: Preparation for Optimum Sports Performance: Technology

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Use of Power Meters in Cycling

Michael Mørkøv's SRM data from Tirreno-Adriatico TTT

By: Cycling News
Race: Tirreno-Adriatico
Saxo Bank Sungard in action during Tirreno-Adriatico's opening team time trial.

Saxo Bank Sungard in action during Tirreno-Adriatico's opening team time trial.

Have you ever wondered what kind of power a world-class professional generates in a team time trial? The 2011 edition of Tirreno-Adriatico opened on March 9 with such an event, a 16.8km team time trial in Marina di Carrara.

Included in the eight-man Saxo Bank Sungard line-up was Denmark'sMichael Mørkøv: a former world champion on the track in the team pursuit and Madison disciplines, a formidable presence on the winter Six Days circuit and a multi-time national champion on both road and track.

Cyclingnews has exclusive SRM PowerMeter data from Mørkøv's ride with expert analysis by Saxo Bank Sungard's team trainer Giuseppi Toni.

SRM data - Tirreno-Adriatico team time trial stage
By Giuseppe Toni - Team Trainer, Saxo Bank Sungard, in cooperation with SRM

Rider: Michael Mørkøv, Denmark
Age: 25
Weight: 69kg
Team: Saxo Bank Sungard
Race Time: 18:19
Average speed: 54.95 km/h
Average power: 381 watts
Average cadence: 106 rpm
Average heart rate: 172 bpm

Lead-out position: 7 times
Average length of lead-out: 28 seconds

Michael’s previous test data:
Performance test on the track at 50 km/h requires 372 w
Threshold values 70-380 w (5.4 w/kg)

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