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petacchi's heart ratemfuchs1
Jul 11, 2003 4:24 AM
Petacchi Riding At 36 Per Cent of Maximum Heart-Rate
The winner of yesterday's stage, Alessandro Petacchi, is riding in the middle of the peloton. His heart-rate is currently 63 beats per minute. His maximum is 201bpm... the shelter he is given by those around him is allowing him to ride at just 36 per cent of his maximum.

Just saw this and thought that at their easy pace I would probably be losing my breakfast by now. 100k into the stage with a 47kph (28 mph) average for the first two hours would kill most mortals
You'd be surprised...Dwayne Barry
Jul 11, 2003 4:44 AM
how easy it can be in the middle of 180 guys. You get sucked along like you're drafting off a truck or something. There's a story about a Rabobank rider who averaged less than 100 watts on a flat tour stage. That's a very easy recovery ride to most people, especially a pro.
Dwane - also very interesting where did you read this? (nm)Old_school_nik
Jul 11, 2003 5:59 AM
Dwane - also very interesting where did you read this? (nm)noveread
Jul 11, 2003 6:49 AM
Apparently Rabobank performed their own bit of "research" into the power requirements of riding in a breakaway versus hiding in the middle of the peloton.

The Empty Wrapper
cool info where are you getting it ? Very interesting..(nm)Old_school_nik
Jul 11, 2003 5:58 AM
I think it was originally...Dwayne Barry
Jul 11, 2003 6:29 AM
in a story in Cyclosport or something but it's oft quoted on various newsgroups. It might even be in Jeukendrup's book (he's an exercise physiologist who works with Rabobank). There's actually a group in Spain that publishes stuff on pro cyclists (mostly from ONCE, but I think they have some Indurain info. as well). One paper gives a breakdown of effort during flat, TT, and mountain days. I think data were taken from the Vuelta one year. Anyway, the average rider on a flat stage doesn't do very much hard work. Then again, if you're in a day long break or one of the sprinter's domestiques you probably do a large amount. Not surprisely everyone works hard in the mountains.
There's a book called...James OCLV
Jul 11, 2003 6:54 AM
High-Performance Cycling by Asker E. Jeukendrup, Phd that mentions this study.
Yeah that's the one...Dwayne Barry
Jul 11, 2003 7:10 AM
although I must say I found the book to be somewhat disappointing. Go figure, it relies on the science and there is very little of that to guide training.