Weight and Performance on the Climb

The Importance of Weight to Your Weight Up

In the previous articles (you know your ideal weight to compete?-part 1and part 2) discussed the importance of weight for your income. On the climb that becomes more important. This influence is readily apparent in the race and especially in cycling, where pedaling up means that the force of gravity pushing you down. For every pound lost is there a significant difference in relation to your performance on the climbs.

For example, pound the most in your body costs an extra effort of 1, 5watts loudspeakers on rise (in cycling) or represents 3 seconds per kilometer (in the race). Now imagine the difference in finish with those 5 extra pounds you gained on end-of-year parties, or the difference it would make if you bought that bike 5 kg lighter.

For a few technical comparison proposes the following review. Divide your weight (in kg) by your height (in centimeters). The typical amateur triathlete presents the values of 0.38-0, 41kg/cm, the elite triathletes are in the range of -0.38 0.34 kg/cm. In cycling the best climbers are in the range of 0.36 kg/cm or less. The climbers ‘ prominent cyclists has values in the range of 0, 32kgcm. Of course there are exceptions like the Lance Armstrong who has, 38 kg/cm and can overcome your disadvantage of weight with an uncanny ability to generate power via Sportingology.com. Typically amateur athletes who Excel in the pódiuns feature 10 values-15% below the values presented here.

These recommendations are based on observation, and as mentioned above does not mean that you will never be able to have success with your weight on tracks illustrated above, but simply that you will have to develop a power production per kg a little bigger to be able to compensate your downside, like Fabian Cancel and Lance Armstrog.

If you do not fit these values doesn’t mean you won’t succeed, in other words means that you will have more success in the flat. Usually the largest and most muscular triathletes are the ones that stand out in plans routes, where the action of gravity interferes less about race and cycling performance, because in General be greater and stronger means to be able to generate more power to work.

Decrease excess weight most of the time will bring beneficial results to your performance. But there are some risks associated with weight loss. If you lose muscle, especially the muscles used for swimming, cycling or running, it is almost certain that you will get worse your performance.

And What Are the Advantages of a Lighter Equipment?

Replace some components of your bike by similar lighter (and more expensive) in some cases can mean a greater risk of breakage during the competition. For example, light competition tires are one of the things that make a difference in the performance of the rider, especially on climbs because you decrease rotational weight of the wheels. The downside is that a lighter tire is that they are more suscetivos to stick. A saddle or seatpost saddle super light is more likely to break if you hit a bump. Handlebars super light carbon fiber are famous for breaking when a very strong rider has to a ramp or esprintar arrival. Lightweight racing shoes can be faster, but the fact they are light means that they have a lower damping capacity and may cause injury.

That is to reduce your body weight and/or your equipment will bring at the same time advantages and disadvantages, it is up to you to put them in the balance.