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  • Warwick

    “In all honesty, I think too much emphasis is put on the power-to-weight ratio. At the end of the day, the person with the most determination and a never-give-up, suffer-like-a-mo-fo attitude will beat the person with better power-to-weight ratio who can’t suffer and gives up easily.”

    Yes, This! Great article and have been thinking recently it would be good to see more written about the mental aspect of cycling. Everyone likes to debate the quantifiable (power and speed up climbs etc) Yet I believe a riders mental drive is just as important as their physical drive.

    • Anne-Marije Rook

      Agreed. And did you see Weekly Wisdom column we posted about training that mental strength? https://cyclingtips.com.au/2015/05/weekly-wisdom-mental-fitness/

      • Warwick

        No I missed that one, thanks.

        • Ricky

          I’m calling BS on that one!
          Considering keeping power to weight ratio largely comes down to what your stuffing in your face it is almost purely mental. Having the self discipline and self control to stick to an eating plan requires mental fortitude hence it could be said those that are able to do it are mentally tougher than those that struggle.

    • jules

      I dunno. I race against others with a better P2W ratio than me. It’s hard to hold them on the hills. Sure, I can dig deeper. But that comes at a cost – usually, running out of fuel on the next climb. I think it’s sometimes not great advice that people can just suffer their way to better performances. Sure, at the end of the race, in the finale, go for it. But earlier on, if you’re working harder than your competitor, you’re gonna struggle to keep up later on.

      I find mental strength is a biggie in training, and also for those relatively new to racing. But for most experienced racers, they’ve learned how to suffer. Improving my P2W invariably improves my race performance – if I’m cruising earlier on, I know I’m going to be more of a contender when it counts.

      Of course, if you are genuinely mentally weak, then you need to work on that as a priority – I agree. But maybe you’re in the wrong sport?

  • scottmanning

    Frank Strack on light bikes (same topic; lighter = faster);
    “Riding light bikes is fun, but they won’t make you go any faster. Pushing harder on the pedals does.”

    Says it all really. Full article: http://www.velominati.com/tradition/weight-weenies/

  • Derek Maher

    Neat article.My thoughts.Excess body fat is the killer on climbs.It restricts oxygen uptake to your blood flow making your muscles and heart work a lot harder for less results.Of course you can be a lean heavier rider but sprinter types rarely do well in the big mountains.Horses for courses I suppose.

  • pablo_skils

    Try riding up a hill at 230lbs next to somebody at 160lbs. You may never say die, but he’ll be beyond hearing you within the first 200m of an 8% climb. Weight matters.


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