Taylor Triumphs in Dubai TT

BMC Racing Team Takes 1st & 2nd in Stage 1

February 5th: Dubai Tour 2014 - Time Trial

BMC Racing Team's Taylor Phinney won the BMC Racing Team's second race of the season on Wednesday while teammate Stephen Cummings was runner-up in the individual time trial that began the Dubai Tour.

Phinney powered his BMC timemachine TMR01 to a time of 12 minutes and three seconds on the 10.1-kilometer out-and-back course. That was 14 seconds faster than Cummings and 16 seconds better than Lasse Norman Hansen (Garmin-Sharp), who was third.

"I put out the power that I wanted to put out," he said. "It was really a lot of watts and very strong. I felt fine. It was really one of those courses where it was over before you know it." - Taylor Phinney (BMC Media Service)

Taylor Phinney: Dubai Tour Time Trial

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BMC's American professional and National Time Trial Champion, Taylor Phinney, made a tactical decision with Sports Director, Max Sciandri, to start earlier in the day to avoid higher afternoon winds on the flat out-and-back course. Phinney is currently racing at  1.96m (6' 5") with 86kg (190lbs).

Taylor held 488 average watts with 99rpm average cadence and a speed average over 50kph. His finishing time was 12:03, earning him the top spot overall as the Dubai Tour begins. 

“Winning means a lot. I've been thinking about this race for a while. I was focused on Tony. I know he doesn't take any time trial lightly, even if it's short and on road bikes,” Phinney said after the stage.

Powering Through the Turn Around

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The turn around point is featured in this 3 minute section. During this mid-race marker Taylor averaged 485 watts maintaining his consistent cadence of 99rpm at a speed average of 50kph.  

As the BMC Racing Team reports, Taylor only braked twice: once for the U-turn at the midway point and once at a U-turn near the finish.

BMC Racing Team trains and races on the SRM Shimano 9000 PowerMeter.

SRM Power Highlights

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An overview of Taylor's time trial features three high power efforts. His maximum wattage on course was over 1,130. 

"As a past rider and especially now as a rider coach, the importance of precise and accurate data measurement is monumental.  The crank-based PowerMeter that SRM provides is the standard of which all watt recording devices are measured and what we depend on daily at the BMC Racing Team. 
Due to the accurate, consistent, and dependable data that the SRM Training System provides, we are better informed to offer the best advice and service possible to our riders' daily training and racing.
While tracking riders' "personal bests" year after year, accuracy and consistency of data is crucial.  An inconsistent or inaccurate stream of data is of little to no help when tracking these metrics or providing feedback to the riders.  The SRM Training System allows us to compare "apples to apples" instead of providing inaccurate information to the riders." - Bobby Julich, BMC Racing Team Consultant (Training/Individual Coaching/Equipment Testing)

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