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The elimination race in track cycling : patterns and predictors of performance

Dwyer, Daniel B., Ofoghi, Bahadorreza, Huntsman, Emy, Rossitto, Daniel, McMahon, Clare and Zeleznikow, John 2013, The elimination race in track cycling : patterns and predictors of performance, Journal of science and cycling, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 6-12.

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Title The elimination race in track cycling : patterns and predictors of performance
Author(s) Dwyer, Daniel B.
Ofoghi, Bahadorreza
Huntsman, Emy
Rossitto, Daniel
McMahon, Clare
Zeleznikow, John
Journal name Journal of science and cycling
Volume number 2
Issue number 2
Start page 6
End page 12
Total pages 7
Publisher Cycling Research Centre
Place of publication Granada, Spain
Publication date 2013-10-21
ISSN 2254-7053
Keyword(s) sport science
performance analysis
multi-event
statistical analysis
machine learning
Summary The track cycling Omnium is a multi-event competition that has recently been expanded to include the Elimination Race (ER), which presents a unique set of physical and tactical demands. The purpose of this research was to characterise the performance attributes of successful and unsuccessful cyclists in the ER, that are also predictive of performance. Video recordings of four international level ERs were analysed. The performance attributes measured related to the cyclists’ velocity and two dimensional position in the peloton. The average velocity of the peloton up to lap 30 (of 50) was relatively high and consistent (52.2±1.5 km/h). After lap 30, there was a significant (p<0.001) change in velocity (49.9±2.4 km/h), characterised by more fluctuations in lap-to-lap velocity. Successful ER cyclists adopted a tactic of remaining in the middle of the peloton, in the lower lanes of the velodrome, thus avoiding the risk of elimination at the rear and the extra effort required to remain on the front of the peloton. Unsuccessful cyclists tended to reside in the rear and upper (higher) portions of the peloton, risking elimination more often and having to ride faster than those in the lower lanes of the velodrome. The physiological demands of the Elimination Race that are determined by velocity, vary throughout the Elimination Race and the pattern of movement within the peloton is different for successful and unsuccessful cyclists. The findings of the present study may confirm some aspects of race tactics that are currently thought to be optimal, but they also reveal novel information that is useful to coaches and cyclists who compete in the Elimination Race.
Language eng
Field of Research 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 950102 Organised Sports
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, Cycling Research Centre
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30061120

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