(and we’re not talking about your legs for once!) In the never ending quest for more speed on the bike, I have concluded that there are 3 main (legal) ways to go faster:
- You can get fitter and stronger and ride with more power - takes time and can also be hard work! I do also recommend this one.
- You can improve your aerodynamics/decrease drag (bike fit, Aero Helmet, wheels, tires, skin suit, shaving your legs, ceramic speed upgrades, etc etc) - costly, and there are an infinite amount of upgrades you can buy!
- You can ride smoother (my personal favorite, less effort, more speed!) This is something that I have been personally focusing on for a while now, and am looking at more and more closely with our athletes, since I love the concept of truly free speed.
- Normalised Power (NP) - which represents the actual physiological cost of your ride
- Average Power (AP) - which is the actual average power of your ride, and is loosely where your average speed is derived from
- Variability Index (VI) - which gives us a measure of how ‘smoothly’ your power was delivered over any particular segment of a ride (1.00 being the gold standard, and the higher the number the less smooth you have ridden)