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Changes in cycling efficiency during a competitive season

Hopker, James G., Coleman, Damian A, Passfield, Louis (2009) Changes in cycling efficiency during a competitive season. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 41 (4). pp. 912-919. ISSN 0195-9131. (doi:10.1249/MSS.0b013e31818f2ab2) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:23355)

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Abstract

Purpose: To monitor training-related changes in gross efficiency (GE) over the course of a competitive cycling season. Methods: Fourteen trained cyclists (mean +/- SD: 34 +/- 8 yr, 74.3 +/- 7.4 kg, Wmax = 406 +/- 43 W, VO2max =

correlation coefficient. Results: GE changed significantly over the course of the competitive cycling season (P<0.05), increasing over the precompetition phase of the season (19.6% vs 20.6%; P<0.05). GE was maintained during the main competitive phase of the season (20.6% vs 20.3%; P>0.05) and then decreased during the postcompetitive phase to 19.4% (P<0.05). The precompetition changes in GE were related to the total time spent training and the time spent above OBLA intensity (r = 0.84 and 0.80, respectively).

Riders who spent the most time training between LT and OBLA intensities (r = 0.87; P<0.05) were better able to maintain GE. A significant inverse relationship was also identified between the changes in GE and the percentage change in training below LT over the competitive phase of the season. Conclusion: GE changes over the course of a competitive cycling season and is related to the volume and intensity of training conducted.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1249/MSS.0b013e31818f2ab2
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports medicine
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Natural Sciences > School of Sport and Exercise Sciences
Depositing User: James Hopker
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2011 16:56 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 12:33 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/23355 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Hopker, James G.: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4786-7037
Passfield, Louis: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6223-162X
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