Previous experience influences pacing during 20 km time trial cycling

  • Micklewright D
  • Papadopoulou E
  • Swart J
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OBJECTIVE: To investigate how experience and feedback influence pacing and performance during time trial cycling. DESIGN: Twenty-nine cyclists performed three 20 km cycling time trials using a Computrainer. The first two time trials (TT1 and TT2) were performed (1) without any performance feedback (n = 10), (2) with accurate performance feedback (n = 10) or (3) with false feedback showing the speed to be 5% greater than the actual speed (n = 9). All participants received full feedback during the third time trial (TT3), and their performance and pacing data were compared against TT2. RESULTS: Completion time, average power and average speed did not change among the false feedback group, but their pacing strategy did change as indicated by a lower average cadence, 89.2 (SD 5.2) vs 96.4 (6.8) rpm, p

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  • D. Micklewright

  • E. Papadopoulou

  • J. Swart

  • T. Noakes

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