2014 USA Pro Challenge Power Analysis

  

Stage 1 –  Aspen Circuit Race – 61 Miles Michael Rogers (Team Tinkoff Saxo)

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View Rogers’ full file here.

  • The first stage was short, only 61 miles, but it wasn’t easy. Rogers put out a Normalized Power® of 285 watts for nearly three and a half hours.
  • At over 6,500 ft. of altitude to start, the altitude will supress both heart rate and power output. We see that Rogers average heart rate was only 149 for this stage.
  • Like we saw during the Tour de France, Rogers prefers a bit lower of a cadence, averaging 82 rpm.

 

Stage 2 – Aspen to Crested Butte – 105 miles

Jonathan Cantwell (Team Drapac)

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View Cantwell’s full file here. 

  • Cantwell went hard from the start. All of his peak power outputs under two minutes were set in the first 30 minutes.
  • Not surprisingly, his peak one hour power of 253 watts, or 3.73w/kg. occurred during the climb up McClure Pass.
  • Cantwell burned 3344 calories during the four and a half hour stage.

 

Stage 3 – Gunnison to Monarch Mountain – 96 miles

Jonathan Cantwell (Team Drapac)

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View Cantwell’s full file here. 

  • As expected, Cantwell set his peak one hour power up the massive climb up Monarch Pass. Cantwell put out 262 watts, or 3.86w/kg for the 1 hour climb up to 11,300 ft.
  • During the wet and muddy descent off of Monarch Pass Cantwell hit his top speed of 92kph (57mph).
  • Over the stage, Cantwell burned 3149 calories.

 

Stage 4 – Colorado Springs – 70 miles

Jonathan Cantwell (Team Drapac)

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View Cantwell’s full file here. 

  • Cantwell’s peak 20 minute power of 276 watts, 4.07w/kg. was set on the final circuit and after almost two hours of racing.
  • Over the final minute of the race, Cantwell had to produce 409 watts, or 6.03w/kg to be in the mix for the sprint.
  • Cantwell’s peak power value of 1386 watts actually occurred during the descent coming out of Garden of the Gods on the third lap.

 

Stage 5 – Woodland Park to Breckenridge – 104 miles

Chris Butler (Team Hincapie Sports Development)

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View Butler’s full file here.

  • In the break for most of the day, Butler averaged 251 watts, or 4.15w/kg. for 2:40. During that time he averaged 24.6 mph.
  • Heading up Hoosier Pass, which summits at 11,247feet, Butler had to up his watts to 293 watts, or 4.82w/kg. It took Butler 15′ minutes to cover to cover the 3.6 mile climb.
  • While trying to chase back to the front during the descent of Moonstone Rd. Butler hit his peak speed of 51.9 mph.

 

Stage 6 – Vail TT – 10 miles

Michael Rogers (Team Tinkoff Saxo)

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View Rogers’ full file here. 

  • Rogers averaged 390 watts, or 5.34w/kg, for the 26 minute effort.
  • Showing his time trailing experience, Rogers was steady over the full 10 miles. His Variability Index® (VI®), was 1.01, about as smooth as possible. This is the perfect way to pace a time trial and it is very hard to do at altitude.
  • Showing he pushed the effort, his Intensity Factor® (IF®), was .97, meainng he held 97% of his Functional Threshold Power during the time trial.

 

Stage 7 – Boulder to Denver – 78 miles

Michael Rogers (Team Tinkoff Saxo)

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View Rogers’ full file here. 

  • During the climb up Lookout Mtn. Rogers averaged 384 watts, or 5.19w/kg. for 23:50.
  • After the descent off of Lookout Mtn. Rogers and his breakaway companions stayed on the gas. In the final 55 minutes he averaged 296 watts, or 4.00w/kg. and 29 mph.
  • Over the 78 mile stage Rogers burned 3296 calories and averaged 25mph.