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What is a good power output?

post #1 of 36
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Just done a test on a friends cateye cyclosimulator turbo trainer, I did a sitting down sprint to check power output. Just wondered what the average power output is? i put out 1537 watts, and weigh 10.5stones, not sure what that is in kilo's. cheers
post #2 of 36
You'll easily make the olympic team then. A good power output is 400 watts.
post #3 of 36
there seems to be a mixup between average and max power output.

1537 wil be a max

400 an average sustainable load

Whats good? difficult to say more imortant is what you do with it.

Max of over 2000 and in the 2250 regions have bean measured(Eadie, Gane, Tournant)

For average whatts per kilogram is important when you reach 7watts a kilo your well up there with the better(or maybe even best) amateurs. (not for kids they tend to way less versus the development of there muscles/cardivascular system thats also why there VO2 max'es are not straigtlined comparable with these from adults)

But its only a test its not because your test is better on watts a kilo that you will winn for sure.
post #4 of 36
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Originally posted by maarten
400 an average sustainable load
For average whatts per kilogram is important when you reach 7watts a kilo your well up there with the better(or maybe even best) amateurs. (not for kids they tend to way less versus the development of there muscles/cardivascular system thats also why there VO2 max'es are not straigtlined comparable with these from adults)
How long would a good rider be able to sustain 7 watts per KG of body weight?
post #5 of 36
The *very* best can sustain ~7 W/kg (likely less) for not too long, probably around 20-mins at the outside.

The world record for the individual pursuit was at ~ 7.7 W/kg, whereas the hour record was ~ 6.6 W/kg

Ric
post #6 of 36

Re: What is a good power output?

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Originally posted by woj
Just done a test on a friends cateye cyclosimulator turbo trainer, I did a sitting down sprint to check power output. Just wondered what the average power output is? i put out 1537 watts, and weigh 10.5stones, not sure what that is in kilo's. cheers
As Cateye acknowledge the Cyclosimulator is not accurate, and nor is it repeatable between machines. i.e., x watts on one machine is likely to be y watts on another machine. If you want to know what's a good power output for sprinting, you'll need to test using either an SRM crank or a Power Tap hub (not a Polar S710 as the power is recorded at 5-sec intervals and is likely to miss the peak).

At 67 kg, and 1537 W, that'd give a power to mass ratio of 22.9 W/kg, which would put you into world class level of track sprinting, i.e., a track sprinter who has a mass of 85 kg at 22.9 W/kg would put out 1950 W.

Ric
post #7 of 36
extra add

400watt as example for output reached on ergo test(3min interval 50watt increase) same for the 7 watts a kilo (was probabely unclear in first post)

Note that different test(interval time, increase in watts or even different lab can give significant different results)
post #8 of 36
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Originally posted by maarten
even different lab can give significant different results)
that's why it's important to calibrate the equipment, and use only valid instrumentation e.g., SRM Cranks, Power Tap hub, Monark Ergometer, etc.

Ric
post #9 of 36
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Originally posted by ricstern
The *very* best can sustain ~7 W/kg (likely less) for not too long, probably around 20-mins at the outside.

The world record for the individual pursuit was at ~ 7.7 W/kg, whereas the hour record was ~ 6.6 W/kg
Thanks for that ric, funny how the same rider holds both records hey!

cheers!
post #10 of 36
Maximum watts could only be applied in sprinting. Watts per kg may be a comparative measurement but the real issue at sprint speed is the size of the hole you are poking into the air. Weight is only relevant in climbing and accelerating.
post #11 of 36
Lots of riders are into watts these days. Measuring watts is probably the best way to gauge a riders current fitness. Most of the riders measuring their wattage are doing it on indoor trainers like the Computrainer,Tacx, or the Cateye.

The most important thing to consider on wattage measurement is repeatable accuracy. There are two basic types of wattage measurement - electronic trainers, and on-the-bike devices like the Powertap and SRM. The trainers are the most INACCURATE!!! Even Computrainers have to be factory recalibrated, and they can cost over $1000 U.S. Now think about the Tacx and the Cateye costing in the $300+ dollar(U.S.)range.

Trainers can also suffer huge calibration errors by the abount of tire contact (pressure)the roller makes. Too much or too little pressure can seriously effect the accuracy of the wattage reading. When using a trainer, ALWAYS use the same wheel with the same tire, adjust the roller pressure the same every time, and keep tire pressure constant every time. Doing so will ensure your wattage readings will at least be consistant as long as your resistance device is working properly.

I've heard of some name-brand trainers being more than 60-80+ watts off actual watts. That's a lot of watts!!! Your 400 watts might only be 320!!! I've seen lots of posts by amateur riders saying they are cranking out 400+ watts at AT (anaerobic threshold).

When Lance Armstrong became World Champion in 1993, he put out 340 watts at his AT. It's doughtful any of these amateurs would have been able to finish the World's wheelsucking the whole way, let alone win the race!!!

I'm not bagging on electronic trainers. Indoor training is one of the best ways to get speed on the bike. Having accurate wattage data is valuable. Use it as a barometer, but not an absolute. Finally, what do your watts mean in the real world? 1500 watts sounds great, but on a flat road with calm wind, can you spin a 53x13 at 95 rpm for 10 minutes??? What's your top speed? Can you hold 60+ km/hr for 200 meters? That's real, and not subject to calibration errors.
post #12 of 36
J-MAT

Do you mean aerobic or anaerobic threshold?

I heard a rumour that at world championships at Zolder one German professional rider had SRM cranks and he had an average of about 350 watts and on last lap about 400 watts. Whole race average sounds bit too much for me...

Races are the best tests there is.
post #13 of 36
Anaerobic threshold.

That sounds high to me too, but you never know. It's generally accepted today that a good pro can hold 300 watts for long periods and 400+ watts for an hour or so. Anything is possible. I would hope that after all that work he at least placed well!!!

The nature of cycling or any other sport is to always perform better. You would think that with all we know about exercise physiology we would be approaching some kind of limit on how many watts a human can generate. Look at the mile record in running. Human nature is to aspire to a higher level, a higher focus. Maybe in 50 years a good pro will put out 600 watts for an hour, who knows???
post #14 of 36
Unfortunatly cyclists often use a number of means to push their power up, including drugs. I am afraid that the limit to power production might keep increasing as the team Dr's get better.

I guess that you could predict the highest average power output values acheivable from the maximum recorded physiological values for a cyclists. Any 'super' cyclist will be the product of good parentage (or genetic engineering) and training.

This prediction has been made for running (can't remember the ref) and has shown that a sub 2hr marathon will be very difficult and will take a very special person! Women's records tend to be 10% off mens when they plateux, therefore women's performance is likely to be 90% of mens in most events.
post #15 of 36
You can get a good idea of how power relates to speed and hill climbing at http://www.analyticcycling.com/

You can get quite a good workout at 200 watts, push a mean time trial at 300 watts, and tour the Alps fast at 400 watts.

So if you're regularly peaking at 1.5 kilowatts, I will not let you ride my bike. I like my cranks straight.

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