A comparison of the cycling performance of cyclists and triathletes

Laursen, PB, Shing, CM, Tennant, SC, Prentice, CM and Jenkins, DG (2003) A comparison of the cycling performance of cyclists and triathletes. Journal of Sports Sciences, 21 5: 411-418. doi:10.1080/0264041031000071155

Author Laursen, PB
Shing, CM
Tennant, SC
Prentice, CM
Jenkins, DG
Title A comparison of the cycling performance of cyclists and triathletes
Journal name Journal of Sports Sciences   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0264-0414
Publication date 2003
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/0264041031000071155
Volume 21
Issue 5
Start page 411
End page 418
Total pages 8
Editor A. Nevill
Place of publication Abingdon, UK
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Collection year 2003
Language eng
Subject C1
750203 Organised sports
321401 Exercise Physiology
Abstract The aim of this study was to compare the cycling performance of cyclists and triathletes. Each week for 3 weeks, and on different days, 25 highly trained male cyclists and 18 highly trained male triathletes performed: (1) an incremental exercise test on a cycle ergometer for the determination of peak oxygen consumption ((V) over dot O-2peak), peak power output and the first and second ventilatory thresholds, followed 15 min later by a sprint to volitional fatigue at 150% of peak power output; (2) a cycle to exhaustion test at the (V) over dot O-2peak power output; and (3) a 40-km cycle time-trial. There were no differences in (V) over dot O-2peak, peak power output, time to volitional fatigue at 150% of peak power output or time to exhaustion at (V) over dot O-2peak power output between the two groups. However, the cyclists had a significantly faster time to complete the 40-km time-trial (56:18 +/- 2:31 min:s; mean +/- s) than the triathletes (58:57 +/- 3:06 min:s; P < 0.01), which could be partially explained (r = 0.34-0.51; P < 0.05) by a significantly higher first (3.32 +/- 0.36 vs 3.08 +/- 0.36 l . min(-1)) and second ventilatory threshold (4.05 +/- 0.36 vs 3.81 +/- 0.29 l . min(-1); both P < 0.05) in the cyclists compared with the triathletes. In conclusion, cyclists may be able to perform better than triathletes in cycling time-trial events because they have higher first and second ventilatory thresholds.
Keyword Sport Sciences
High-intensity Exercise
Highly Trained
Oxygen Uptake
Ventilatory Threshold
Trained Cyclists
Endurance Performance
Running Performance
Fluid Intake
Q-Index Code C1

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