Differences in Performance Assessments Conducted Indoors and Outdoors in Professional Cyclists

Lipski, Elliot S., Spindler, David J., Hesselink, Matthijs K.C., Myers, Tony D. and Sanders, Dajo (2022) Differences in Performance Assessments Conducted Indoors and Outdoors in Professional Cyclists. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. pp. 1-7. ISSN 1555-0265

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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to assess the relationship between typical performance tests amongst elite and professional cyclists when conducted indoors and outdoors. Methods: 14 male cyclists of either UCI Continental or UCI World Tour level (mean ± SD: age 20.9 ± 2.8 y, mass 68.13 ± 7.25 kg) were recruited to participate in 4 test sessions (2 test sessions indoors, 2 test sessions outdoors) within a 14-day period, consisting of maximum mean power (MMP) testing for durations of 60s, 180s, 300s and 840s. Results: Across all MMP test durations, the trimmed mean power was higher outdoors compared to indoor testing (p < 0.05). Critical Power (CP) was higher outdoors compared to indoors (+19 W, p = 0.005) whilst no difference was observed for the work capacity above CP (W’). Self-selected cadence was 6 rev∙min-1 higher indoors versus outdoors for test durations of 60s (p = 0.038) and 300s (p = 0.002). Conclusions: These findings suggest that maximal power testing in indoor and outdoor settings cannot be used interchangeably. Furthermore, there was substantial individual variation in the difference between indoor and outdoor MMPs, across all time durations, further highlighting the difficulty of translating results from indoor testing to outdoor, on an individual level in elite populations.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Accepted author manuscript version reprinted, by permission, from International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 2022, https://doi.org/10.1123/ijspp.2021-0341. © Human Kinetics, Inc.
Divisions: Faculty of of Arts, Society and Professional Studies > Department of Health and Behavioural Sciences
Depositing User: Ms Hazel Barham
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2022 10:21
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2022 10:21
URI: https://newman.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/17316

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