A closer look at Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats Indoor cycling, online riding, and e-racing have seen exponential growth year upon year, turbo-charged the past few years by the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s an analytic view of the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats of this new discipline.
The world of cycling science lost one of its big scientific voices with the sudden passing in November of Dr. Louis Passfield from the University of Calgary. Besides his pioneering work in cycling physiology, he was also a strong communicator and popularizer of training science, with frequent appearances on GCN prior to his move to Canada. I first met Dr. Passfield in 2014, when he was at the University of Kent and organized a cycling science conference to coincide with the start of Le Tour in Leeds. He was also the external examiner for our own Toolbox contributor Scott Steele’s M.Sc. in 2021. Let’s take a moment to remember Dr. Passfield by looking at one of his final scientific articles.
The Big Move Indoors
Cycling indoors has been around for decades with rollers. Then in the 1970s came the first stationary trainer – the RacerMate wind trainer. Despite gradual improvements with fluid or magnetic resistance, they had a well-deserved reputation for being mind-bogglingly dull. RacerMate then provided the next big step, with the introduction of their CompuTrainer that permitted control of resistance, then eventually software permitting riding over rudimentary courses. It was a start and hinted at the explosion to come.
Then in the […]
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