Cycling Optimization Analysis
The Cycling Optimization Analysis is a holistic evaluation of your cycling needs to improve your comfort and performance. This two hour meeting combines our detailed musculoskeletal evaluation, bike fit, and coaching services. We assess your status on all of these dimensions and address the factors that will make the biggest difference towards your overall goals.
Cycling Optimization includes an analysis of:
- Cycling-specific strength in both your extremity and core muscle groups
- Cycling-specific flexibility
- Computrainer SpinScan pedal efficiency & ankle mechanics assessment
- Your current fit
- Contact point evaluation using gebioMized pressure sensor technology
- Spine & posture assessment
- Metabolic assessment, including, as appropriate, heart rate
vs. power analysis, power-to-weight assessment, and estimated VO2 ml/kg (VO2max)
Depending on your needs, background knowledge, and experience level, the Optimization Evaluation may also include:
- An aerodynamics assessment
- Training plan assessment
- Nutrition & hydration assessment
- Bike-handling skills/drills & balance exercises
It is common for clients to return for follow-up testing to measure their progress, and add to their plan as their initial goals are accomplished. We usually recommended that clients schedule two to three 1-hour follow-up appointments to complete implementation.
- Comprehensive assessment of your fitness, your
biomechanical health, and your geometry by a using state of the art technology
- Prioritized strategy to improve your experience on the bicycle through sports medical intervention, bike fit, or coaching services
- Tips and adjustments to begin implementation
A triathlete's optimization analysis determines that her tight hamstrings and weak core are keeping her from being as aerodynamic as she might otherwise be. She is also experiencing back and knee pain. On a follow-up physical therapy visit, we show her cycling specific exercises and drills to help her improve her flexibility, strengthen her core, alleviate her knee and back pain, and achieve a more aerodynamic position on the bike. We also make some changes to her bike fit to decrease the stress on her painful knee.
A recreational cyclist's optimization analysis shows that his power-to-weight ratio and pedaling mechanics are slowing him down on hills. On a follow up coaching visit, we make specific recommendations for training, nutrition, and hydration, and show him pedaling drills to improve his mechanics, all of which will help improve his climbing speed.