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What Pros benefit the most or least using power meters?
Last Post 10/30/2013 03:59 PM by Kameron Kameron. 6 Replies.
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10/28/2013 11:40 AM
I don't believe I've ever seen anyone quite like Froome in looking down towards his power meter,if in fact that is what he was doing. On the other hand watching someone like Sagan who seems to rely on ability and instinct during a race while maybe using power meter as a training tool. Who do you feel relies most or least on their meters during an actual race (not counting TT).


10/28/2013 02:39 PM
bob, I think you've just identified both ends of the scale. There are multiple approaches that can be successful. That said, I'd much prefer to watch a more instinctive/spontaneous rider.


10/28/2013 03:09 PM
take away power meters and radios from racing and Sky would flounder in races.
Keith Richards


10/28/2013 05:34 PM
Posted By jeff sanford on 10/28/2013 03:09 PM
take away power meters and radios from racing and Sky would flounder in races.

Yup. As was made abundantly clear when they got gapped in the crosswinds. Complex tactics are not their strong suit. They are about watts.
----- It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility."--Lance Armstrong.


10/28/2013 11:35 PM
There is something to be said about the whole "level playing field" argument you always hear when talking about doping, and how some athletes are better 'responders' than others.
Power meters would be an example of providing more advantage to those without the natural ability to gauge their efforts. It's funny what we allow and what we don't in a sport to 'level the playing field'


10/29/2013 12:56 PM
Power meters are simply a tool. I used a pulse monitor when I raced and I knew that if I tried to maintain too high a pulse that I would blow up. I would push it from time to time and learn the hard way that some riders just went too fast for me to follow. If I had no meter I would have tried to stay with faster guys and probably would not have done as well. Used them for training all the time too not only for intervals but on easy days too to gauge what easy was and other times to gauge recovery. Power meters are supposed to be a much better gauge of these things.

But sometimes in racing you have to risk blowing up to win. So a rider shouldn't necessarily be a slave to the numbers.


10/30/2013 03:59 PM

+1 Oldfart (you really need to change that name) a tool is exactly what it is. There is science to everything, and I like science. Raw talent is no longer something special. Now days there are too many athletes with raw talent so to get that little extra edge they have to rely on science and precision.

If you want a level playing field why not ban shifters and only race with single speed. This ideology of not allowing new technology is primitive and anti-evolutional. I know when I was racing I relied heavily on my HRM during races to make sure I didn't blowup and in training to see if I could get a couple of more bbm. If I had the extra $s back then I would have definitely invested in one and still might, as soon as I get done winning the justification argument with myself.   


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