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Big Data

27. June 2017 - 4 months and 24 days ago

We’re halfway through the race season. Mountain bikers are coming back from World Cups, roadies are tuning up for nationals, and others pumping out fondos or grinding gravel on the weekends. Many of us who ride, race, and train are fortunate to use multiple bikes for these events and we create an obscene amount of data over a year of riding, let alone a lifetime. Well what are you supposed to do with all that data? And is it all valuable to look at? My quick answers are: capture it, and yes look at it. Why? Read on… It’s well established that training and racing with a power meter is the best way to monitor exercise intensity, training load, performance, and other matrices. This is particularly cemented in the road cycling culture; however, I often get questions such as “Do I really need a power meter on my mountain bike?” or “Won’t the heart rate monitor let me know about where I’m while racing on the cross bike?” Much of this comes down to budget, I get it. But you should know that capturing this data can lead to great insights about you, as an athlete. Don’t get me wrong: we can get people fit and coach world champions without power meters, but as technology improves and more cost-effective power meters come to market, there are compelling reasons to capture as much data as possible. Over the next few paragraphs, I’ll shed some light on why it’s ideal to use a power meter on more, or all, of your bikes if you’re looking to gain that cutting edge. Now, before we dive into the nerdy coach talk, please know that my whole aim for this writing is to educate you, the reader, then get a working game plan so you are equipped to optimally prepare to reach your goals. With many power meters and data monitoring devices on the market these days, it’s hard to sift through all the options to know what is best. Let’s take a look at some options while keeping the big picture, as well as your budget, in mind.  

Big Data

The phrase “Big Data” is popular and catchy in our data-driven world. But what is it? Google defines Big Data as “extremely large data sets that may be analyzed computationally to reveal patterns, trends, and associations, especially relating to human behavior and interactions.” The inner nerd within all of us just smiled at that. We’re entering a unique period in exercise physiology where we can really start to capture, quantify, and organize big data sets, especially on a bicycle, where we can computationally reveal the trends of what all the miles, intervals, and recovery blocks are doing. Thanks to these exciting advances, more and more people are investing their money into a power meter. With each pedal stroke, we get hundreds of data points, such as power, heart rate, cadence, torque, GPS location, temperature, and R/L pedal mechanics for some units. But then we have to know what to do with this data. Lucky for us, there are many people (far more intelligent than me) who have created software that can not only read all of these data points, but also organize them in a way that reports back to us how the ride went, what the athlete actually did, and gives insight into training thresholds, maximums, and current states of “freshness.” More exciting still: we’re getting into PREDICTIVE MODELING OF PERFORMANCE for athletes with these big data sets and history of training files. Some of the software options out there include the new SRMX, Golden Cheetah, Training Peaks WKO4, My Daily Plan, Strava’s online analytics, and a few others. SRM was one of the first to bring this type of technology to cyclists, not only with the first commercial power meter, but a cycling computer with real-time feedback and an analytical software called SRMWin to organize rider’s data. No other company had software to do that. So, what the German company created was more than just a power meter, it was a complete SRM Training System. They keep evolving with the market, this time launching the new SRMX software. It has a lot to offer, so much that it’s best to look at few key features on a higher level, then dive in deep on the next article. With that being said, let’s dive right in!

SRMX

On top of storing all historical files for review at any time, the new SRMX has many upgrades as well as tried-and-true matrices including auto FTP calculation, HR-to-Power Slope Charts, Critical Power Curve analytics, custom training zones, and mapping features. The Critical Power Chart is seen below: 

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Workshop: "Performance Diagnostics in Endurance Sports"

22. May 2017 - 5 months and 29 days ago

Performance analysis represents an important foundation for meaningful organization and structure of training programs for the health and endurance of athletes. “Maximum Oxygen Uptake”, “Lactate”, and “Anaerobic Threshold” are commonly used terms in the coach and athlete vocabulary with parameters determined and interpreted by specialists. With this practical course you will receive detailed insights into the possibilities of performance diagnostics and important parameter information. (Spiroergometry, lactate diagnostics, SRM High Performance Ergometer).  

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WiFi Activated for PC8

16. March 2017 - 8 months and 4 days ago

Welcome to the next level of SRM PC8

A one-step update to enhance your training and racing experience! 

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SRM Origin PowerMeter

20. February 2017 - 8 months and 30 days ago

February 20, 2017 SRM, industry standard and leader in power measurement, has announced a strategic partnership with LOOK Cycle, the top player in clipless pedals and carbon bicycles and components.

SRM and LOOK will cooperate in devising, developing and marketing innovative products and services, both in composite and electronics. LOOK Cycle, which devises and manufactures its products and frames in its own workshops, will contribute its extraordinary know-how on composite to further enhance SRM product offering; SRM, inventor of the power meter system for cycling, will contribute its extraordinary experience in electronics systems and data treatment to expand LOOK future product range.

The first collaborative project is a sophisticated carbon crank arm for the SRM Origin PowerMeter. The Origin, named for having all components designed by SRM - the original PowerMeter, was introduced at Eurobike last fall. It is a modular-concept PowerMeter offering limitless compatibility with exchangeable spindles designed to accommodate road, mountain, and track frames. With LOOK’s contribution, the PowerMeter will feature the highest calibre carbon crank arms with LOOK Trilobe Technology which allows one crank arm to function in three lengths; 170mm, 172.5mm, 175mm.

With crank arms developed at the highest stiffness to weight ratio, the SRM Origin PowerMeter will be ridden by Team Bahrain-Merida and AG2R La Mondiale this season.

“The training of Bahrain-Merida athletes is one of the most important areas in which we at the team invest. SRM is the benchmark of power meters, and we are proud to provide our athletes and performance staff such a valuable training tool.” Brent Copeland, General Manager, Bahrain-Merida Pro Cycling Team.

“2017 is a revolutionary year for AG2R La Mondiale in terms of equipment. In addition to our new fleet of Factor Bikes, we are thrilled to partner with SRM and bring the gold standard in power back to the team. The SRM Origin PowerMeter offers a new level of benefits to a professional team with the exceptionally light and adjustable LOOK crank arm coupled with LOOK pedals.”  Vincent Lavenu, General Manager, Pro Cycling Team AG2R La Mondiale.

“We are excited about the opportunity to see LOOK, the best brand in clipless pedals and carbon making teaming up with SRM, the reference in electronics and power meter and to be able to devise exceptional, innovative and more intelligent products that will provide extraordinary emotions to our community of fans” says Federico Musi, CEO of LOOK Cycle.

“It is extremely stimulating for SRM, the brand that revolutionized cycling by changing the way athletes train and race with the first PowerMeter, to partner with LOOK, an iconic brand in cycling, that shares with us the same passion for innovation, precision and craftsmanship” says Uli Schoberer CEO of SRM.

The combination of SRM’s expertise in power measurement and LOOK’s extensive experience in composite has resulted in the most advanced tool available on the market. The SRM Origin PowerMeter is available to pre-order from SRM. 

 

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Building an SRM PowerMeter

08. October 2016 - 1 year, 1 month and 12 days ago

Did you know that the SRM PowerMeter is hand-built in Germany (Julich), USA (Colorado Springs), Italy (Lucca) and New Zeland (Christchurch)? We will give you a behind-the-scenes look at the eight-day work process that goes into every PowerMeter. From prepping the chassis, to applying strain gauges, soldering reed switches, and calibrating a finished product, you will see the level of pride and perfection that is part of the SRM legacy. SRM's principles; accuracy, precision, and durability are founded on a level of quality found only in handmade material; check, re-check, test, re-test, ride, re-ride… We are engineers, we are pioneers, we are cyclists. Ride with us. Ride SRM. 

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