Improving speed without changing your fitness

In cycling there is no such thing as ‘free-speed’; faster, more efficient cycling takes either time or money, and always effort. However, the fastest and easiest improvements to road speed and efficiency are often gained from acquiring new skills and the best skill for fast cycling is to develop a more effective pedaling technique.

Pedaling correctly is critical to a rider making optimum use of their strength and fitness. Proper pedaling provides a smooth, continually powerful drive to the road, whilst simultaneously reducing the onset of fatigue. A disciplined pedal stroke, therefore, comes as close to ‘free-speed’ as a rider can get. A well-developed pedal stroke allows you to put 5-10% more power into the pedals without changing your fitness. A correct technique also helps prevent muscle and joint injury and reduce wear on bike componentry.

Recently, many riders have become aware of the benefits of proper pedaling yet are uncertain of what constitutes the correct way. As a result, our bike fitting, coaching and testing staff are often asked by clients, “how is my pedaling?”. While we always Endeavour to provide general, practical advice on this, a proper pedaling assessment is difficult to achieve by simply observing pedal speed or a ‘smooth’ stroke.

How Spinscan works

In response to demand for a proper assessment of a riders’ pedaling, here at Ciclocorse Cycling Studio we have developed a Pedal Stroke Analysis methodology. A 42-minute SpinScan can provide the on-screen pedal stroke analysis you need to get the most out of each turn of the pedal.

SpinScan provide a 360-degree visualisation of your pedal technique.

Areas covered in your session will include:

• Identification of ‘dead spots’ – points at which no force is put into your pedaling
• Left and right leg power imbalance – is one leg working harder than the other?
• Determination of your angle of peak force – where is the optimum point in your pedal stroke to maximize your speed
• The data is gathered using the in-built Computrainer which measures force at 100 points in every pedal revolution. Combined with powerful capture technology software you can exactly know where you are strong and weak in your pedal stroke.

We believe that these two methods, together will provide you with the most comprehensive Pedal Stroke Analysis that current technology and bio-mechanical theory allow. Using this data we are able to provide you with personalized, practical advice on improving the way you interact with your pedals.

All data is captured electronically and you will receive a comprehensive report containing relevant data and power graphs, along with really useful guidance on how to improve your pedal stroke.
This test is included in most of our programs. If you need only this services, you need to make an appointment.

Individual cost of test is $59

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