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Self-Selected Pacing during a 24 h Track Cycling World Record

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Medbase St. Gallen Am Vadianplatz, 9000 St. Gallen, Switzerland
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Institute of Primary Care, University of Zurich, 8006 Zurich, Switzerland
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Exercise Physiology Laboratory, 18450 Nikaia, Greece
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School of Health and Caring Sciences, University of West Attica, 11244 Athens, Greece
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(16), 2943; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16162943
Received: 24 July 2019 / Revised: 6 August 2019 / Accepted: 13 August 2019 / Published: 16 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Health, Exercise and Sports Performance)
The present case study analyzed the pacing in a self-paced world record attempt during a 24 h track cycling event by the current world record holder. The cyclist completed 3767 laps on a 250 m long cycling track and covered a total distance of 941.873 km, breaking the existing world record by 37.99 km. The average cycling speed was 39.2 ± 1.9 km/h (range 35.5–42.8 km/h) and the power output measured was 214.5 ± 23.7 W (range 190.0–266.0 W) during the 24 h of cycling. We found a positive pacing result with negative correlations between cycling speed (r = −0.73, p < 0.001), power output (r = −0.66, p < 0.001), and laps per hour (r = −0.73, p < 0.001) and the covered distance. During the 24 h, we could identify four different phases: the first phase lasting from the start till the fourth hour with a relatively stable speed; the second phase from the fourth till the ninth hour, characterized by the largest decrease in cycling speed; the third phase from the ninth hour till the 22nd hour, showing relatively small changes in cycling speed; and the last phase from the 22nd hour till the end, presenting a final end spurt. The performance in the 24 h track cycling was 45.577 km better than in the 24 h road cycling, where the same athlete cycled slower but with higher power output. In summary, the current world-best ultracyclist covered more kilometers with less power output during the world record 24 h track cycling than during his world record 24 h road cycling. This was most probably due to the more favorable environmental conditions in the velodrome, which has no wind and stable temperatures. View Full-Text
Keywords: bike; ultraendurance; athlete; cycling speed; power output bike; ultraendurance; athlete; cycling speed; power output
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Knechtle, B.; Rosemann, T.; Nikolaidis, P.T. Self-Selected Pacing during a 24 h Track Cycling World Record. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 2943.

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