Tech of the week: Giro d’Italia Strava stats and gearing, action cameras and inner tubes

It’s been another week dominated by Giro d’Italia tech, but we’ve also got buyer’s guides and advice for the rest of us

More pro stats to put us in our places

It’s always humbling when you see the stats posted by the pros on Strava. This week has seen the usual impressive power and speed numbers coming from the Giro d’Italia’s mountain stages.

Pierre Rolland’s normalised power for the whole of Stage 17, which he won, was 332 Watts while he put out 440W for the final 12 minutes. He burned through almost 5800 Calories. Rolland rides for Cannondale-Drapac and we’ve had a look at fellow team rider Joe Dombrowski’s Cannondale Super Six Evo Hi-Mod.

440W for 12 minutes to win Stage 17 (Photo Sunada)

There were some equally prodigious power figures from Thursday’s Stage 18 in the Dolomites, while on Stage 15 the average speed of the peloton for the first three hours was 50kph.

53/39 – why go lower?

We’ve asked the teams and riders what gears they have been using for the mountain stages, with many just sticking to a 39 inner ring. And we’ve had a look at how cycling is learning from other sports to improve tech and performance.

Training with power, action cameras and more

Back on earth, we’ve had a look at how to train with power yourself and how to avoid wrist pain when out riding. With Tom Dumoulin riding a Giant bike at the Giro, we’ve also run through the Giant Defy range and asked if the extra cost of the Defy Advanced Pro and SL models is a good investment.

Garmin VIRB 360 Footage from front and rear lenses is knitted together

Coming in June is the new Garmin VIRB 360

We’ve had a look at action cameras this week too, telling you what to look for and giving you our pick. There are quite a few 360 degree camera options becoming available. Nikon launched its model last year and now Garmin has come out with one as well. They give you immersive video which you can steer around for different views and the option of VR viewing through a headset.

Read our buyer’s guide to inner tubes

And our buyer’s guides this week covered kids’ bike helmets and inner tubes, while we’ve found you deals on clothing and in Decathlon’s extensive bike and accessory range.

Keep an eye out for more tech insights next week.

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