Time trial performance: why even pacing might not be best

Tony Marin, Time Trial

Previously in Cycling Weekly, we have reported on new research suggesting that in undulating/hilly terrain or in windy conditions, a variable power/effort pacing strategy might actually produce a faster time than trying to maintain a constant power/effort level.

The consensus among sports scientists, though, remains that in events lasting over four minutes and on flat courses in calm conditions, a uniform distribution of work remains the best option to maximise time trial performance.

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