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 2003-01-01
Year available 2003
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/0264041031000071155
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 21
Issue 5
Start page 411
End page 418
Total pages 8
Editor A. Nevill
Place of publication Abingdon, UK
Publisher Taylor & Francis
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
Institutional Status UQ

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