Velocity production in elite BMX riders: a field based study using a SRM power meter
AffiliationUniversity of Derby
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AbstractThe aim of this study was to analyze the production of velocity in bicycle motocross (BMX) compared to other cycling disciplines. Six elite BMX riders, 5 males and 1 female who competed and trained regularly for a period of 12 yrs ± 2 agreed to take part in this study. Each rider performed 3, 50-m sprint tests and a single 200 m fatigue test. The riders’ peak power, fatigue index, power to weight ratio, and cycling revolution per minute were analyzed using a Schoberer Rad Messtechnik (SRM) BMX power meter. The BMX riders’ peak power and power to weight ratio were all found to be similar to those in other sprint cycling events. Peak power outputs of 1539 ± 148 W and 1030 W were recorded with mean power to weight ratios of 21.29 ± 0.84 W·kg-1 and 16.65 W·kg-1 . The BMX riders’ power fatigue index was found to be higher than other sprint events as riders fatigued at a greater rate. Mean fatigue index was 61.19 ± 5.97 W·sec-1 for the male riders and 53.04 W·sec-1 for the female rider. A notable finding of this study was the relationship of cycling cadence (rev·min-1 ), peak power (Watts) and velocity (mi·h-1 ). This relationship suggests once a BMX rider achieves peak power their pedaling cadence becomes the major contributory factor to velocity production.
CitationRylands, L. et al. (2013) 'Velocity production in elite BMX riders: a field based study using a SRM power meter', Journal of Exercise Physiologyonline, 16 (3):40-50
JournalJournal of Exercise Physiologyonline