Friday, March 30, 2007
Georgia needed her new bikes fitted for 2007, so we had Nat Ross, (a Wobble-naught fitter in Golden, CO), fit her bikes only last Monday of this week. Nat used his laser and made a smart move, suggesting that Georgia take her laser fitted seatpost and saddle, marked with her, to help her get her race bikes in AZ. Just so!
After interacting with Shonny Vandlandingham that same week, it seems Luna Chix had different handlebars over last year. It was pointed out that the difference in sweep was about 10mm. This was a concern! The correct choices where made, (our blue-print helps you to do that).
The results are there for the first race. Nat Ross, our Wobble-naught dealer, knows how to fit a person to their bike with the correct sag, etc... It should be pointed out that Nat is the King of 24-hour racing and knows how important getting the bike dialed in is.
We are very pleased to work with both Georgia Gould and Nat Ross, along with many other pros. We feel that they are both professionals in their mtb fiields.
We feel that anyone who is willing to learn can be a winner! We also understand how much these folks put forth and we understand that we are only one spoke within the wheel. Our hats go off for all the pros who listen and use our systems.
We are all students of the sport!
1. Georgia Gould (Luna Chix) 22.47
2. Katerina Nash (Luna Chix) 0.20
3. Jenna Zander (Cannondale) 0.49
4. Kelli Emmit (Giant) 0.52
5. Jennifer Smith (Trek) 0.53
This year's NOVA National kicks off the new NMBS with three races: a time trial on Friday, a night-time short track in downtown Fountain Hills on Saturday, and a long-course cross-country on Sunday.
This is the bike game that got people back onto bikes i.e Specialized Stumpjumper, Gary Fisher, etc... and it only grew.
Today the bikes are fine-tuned carbon fiber suspension racing tools with hydraulic disc brakes that allow you to power up and down steeps, as well as get the tires hooked up with optimized frames that are light, responsive, and stable. A perfect balance of man and chassis allows the racer to wheel over obstacles or hop the different front/rear or both wheels as needed. The bike also needs to respond well out-of-the-saddle for attacks on nasty rough trails. Boy, how things have changed.
Tops names like Jeremiah Bishop Trek, Georgia Gould Luna, Nat Ross Gary Fisher, Shonny Vanlandingham Luna, Nick Waite and many others with the latest in high-tech are ready.
These pros take their game as "sacred" as the road racing pros; they want to make sure their hard-tail bikes and full are set up with the correct tire pressures, sag for their shocks, stem rise, sweep of handlebars, etc... Good cornering (carving your turns) is the foundation as descending with speed.
They think in terms of approach, the apex, and the exit, as a skier would! They also race the course "man/women vs. track".
A neat thing about mtb, is as strong as you may be, it's incredibly difficult to ride away from other racers. It can be a sport of guts, aggressiveness, opportunity, patience and luck. You have to have the smarts and a strategy to deal with the conditions. You need the confidence and bike handling to race the course. Knowledge is key!
With all the new brakes, many gears, full-suspended or hard tail, terrain conditions, racing lengths (short track, XC, 24-hours), and athlete types, it is a complicated sport even on the most basic level.
First NORBA in the USA 2007.
Should be fun!
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Colorado Springs, Colorado (March 25, 2007)—The USA Cycling National Development Team concluded the four day Vuelta a Cartegena in Spain on Sunday; Wobble-naught fitted Brent Bookwalter (Comstock Park, Mich./VMG Racing) led the squad with an eighth-place overall finish.
Brent's coach, Rick Crawford, contacted us to get Brent some help on his bike. We suggested that he to go to our man in Asheville, NC to get dialed. Rick Crawford added that Brent, who lives in Boone, NC, was having knee problems.
Andy Applegate took time to perform the fit for Brent, spending most of the time going over pedal stroke.It seemed that Brent was pedaling like so many too heel down? A report from Andy Applegate suggested that he raise Brent's saddle about 2cm?
According to Rick, Brent's knee problems have for the most part gone away, and his results speak well for the up coming star!
What's in your game?
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Colorado Springs, Colorado (March 21, 2007)—Wobble-naught and Myo-facts sEMG/Dartfish user, Georgia Gould (Ketchum, Idaho/Luna), ranked number one in the world for the United States in the Olympic-style cross country discipline, (according to the latest edition of the international mountain bike rankings released Monday by the UCI).
Backed by a sweep of the podium at the recent Continental Mountain Bike Championships in Nequen, Argentina, the women’s mountain bike program is ranked number one in the world with 470 points ahead of New Zealand (321) and Chile (285). Gould’s Pan American title yielded 200 points as the current USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Champion tops the individual standings ahead of countrywoman Mary McConneloug (150) (Chilmark, Mass./Kenda-Seven) and Maja Wloszczowska (140) of Poland.
What's in your game?
We just received a report from Craig Upton that TEAm Lipton racer Kori Seehafer did break her clavicle bone! She will be out for a few races.
The good news is she will be back!
Monday, March 26, 2007
Two Wobble-naught dialed racers had a real "shoot-out" in the Redlands. The 'good' was that Phil Zajicek took 2nd GC, (Navigators Insurance Cycling Team).
Over on the women's side of things, what was looking like another 'good' for TEAm Lipton in the last race, last turn, became bad, then ugly. It was good that two TEAm Lipton racers took Kori Seehafer and 5th Lauren Franges.
Kori Seehafer (TEAm Lipton) had a super week until the last turn of the race.
The front end of her horse went away and she hit her left side hard. The report at the time, is that she had broken her collar bone; this being the "Ugly". Ouch!
Like NASCAR this past weekend (i.e. Bristol, TN), there are going to be wrecks if you are pushing it to the limits; just part of the game.
It is super to see WN users race at the top! There is a huge amount of talent out there and to play the game at that level is a big deal.
Kori was really turning up her speed game this spring and we hate to see this happen to her as well as to TEAm Lipton. We should have a report later on Kori.
Mens Final General Classification:
1. Andrew Bajadali (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team 9.12.55
2. Phil Zajicek (USA) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team 0.10
Womens Final General Classification:
1. Amber Neben (USA) STAHL/SC Velo 7.33.46
2. Mara Abbott (USA) Webcor Builders 0.29
3. Katheryn Curi (USA) Webcor Builders 3.00
4. Felicia Gomez (USA) Aaron's Corporate Furnishings Cycling Team 3.47
5. Leigh Hobson (Can) Team Cheerwine 3.50
6. Kim Anderson (USA) T-Mobile Women's Professional Cycling 4.15
7. Kori Seehafer (USA) TEAm Lipton 4.40
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Team A&F takes racing across the pond (Atlantic Ocean) and manages a victory in the U.K. with British team additive, Neil Coleman. Neil contacted us here at Wobble-naught & Myo-facts sEMG/Dartfish to find a team in the USA to ride with. We got a hold of Chad at A&F and the rest is history.
We went to the A&F camp in Macon, GA to teach the lad a bit more about making "more power". It seems to be working!!!
Neil showed off his urban camo team kit while he took two sixth place finishes in the international events, before eventually getting it right and taking the top spot at the Southern England Circuit League!
The team's Brit is returning state-side on this coming Wednesday to start his work on the team's NRC campaign. Neil's premier US race will be the Jacksonville Cycling Classic, held on April 13th and 14th, 2007. The field had best be aware!
Neil is also the UK National tt Champ!
Thursday, March 22, 2007
We feel that there is an information gap in the industry. So, if you really want to boost your knowledge and ride better, plus widen your lead over the competion, you best do your homework!
Meredith isn't the leader of the NRC simply because she just started. She has been working hard on cutting-edge techniques, training, and racing information for years. She'ss also stayed with our fit solution throughout the years.
The industry wants more people on bikes (in our example: horse). There are different types of horses. Are they concern about performance? Or is it more about getting people to ride "right or wrong". After all, do you know a jocky who races horses on the track?
Each year the cycling market attempts to push their product line because someone is using it (i.e. bike, stem, handlebar, steapost, powermeter, the wind tunnel tested, etc...). This product will do that, and that person uses this? You are only a "Sunday-rider" and you don't race! This store says this, and that store said that? I read this, and I've heard that?
The same thing is now happening in the roadbike body position and aerodynamics game. Is it possible to gain "free" speed with the right equipment? Yes! To go faster, for no increase in effort or fitness, requires you getting your chest flat, which means you need positioning to do so! You still have to learn to pedal.
It's true that some of our racers can make high power on moderate grades and remain in a seated position, chest high. In lower power outputs, along with steeper grades, the velocity is almost equal in both saddle and standing positions. The type of upper body that you have affect this. So, even on the steepest road grades, it might be best to remain seated for metabolic costs. However, for speed, you need to get the chest lower, and get the head out of the wind.
Most training happens in the saddle, but there are scenarios where climbing is unavoidable. We all understand to make maximum force, standing is the key. So a cyclist should learn standing as well. We have not changed the fit here, rather we have changed our understanding.
Comfort vs. Power. Loot at tt and note that discomfort is a part of that game, and expect the shoulders and arms to fatigue quickly, along with the sensitive parts. Muscle strain will always be there, and only with riding that horse, as well as training and stretching, will these muscles fatique less, but they will still fatigue. Any 76-80 degree seat tube and aero position is going to take the weight off the head, chest, and even the size of arms, and cause it to fatigue as you are trying to get it out of the wind.
For any improvement in the aerodynamics of the machine must be viewed w/in understanding the frontal area of your body than that of your bike. Velocity is a result of balance of muscles being on/off, handling, sight, propulsive force to the pedals and the sum of any resistive forces. Did we say time riding like that!!!
Different body positions are going to be better for one over another and under various conditions (flat terrain, climbing, etc...) Velcity will decrease with increasing road grade, and this holds true for novice or elite cyclists. Standing will always increase your metabolic process, but not adopting to it will decrease your chance for high power outputs. It might be that high power output that puts you ahead of the field.
It seems like there is a new method or processing of fitting each year? There is always a new expert who can always "spin" words around and say that's not a correct solution because? You need to do this or do that, because that guy/gal does it,and I know?
With all this know how, where is one to go? There is no question that many retail stores, coaches are "Sizing Each Other Up". I get phone calls from custom bike makers,fitters, knowing that the person on the other end and their questions are attempting to learn what we do. I ask, what horse are they talking about? They don't like it when I say are you "elk hunting or on the race track"? Horse sense!!!
I quote Rick Carwford "when you got it going on, many are going to be after you". I guess it is good they are so good at what they do, and are calling us out for a gun fight? I'll be your huckle-berry!
We have been doing this for a while now, been in a few gun fights. From day one, we can't make any claims, except that we have had a good trend! Results with so many different people in our mind speaks "Loud & Clear". If you want to imporve your game, you are going to have to learn to play the game with a fit that allows you to work on that game! There is "No Sliver Bullet". Learn to ride the type of horse you want to ride! But please understand that riding a bucking horse with the chest high is not riding a race horse around a track, chest flat at speed! More horse sense!
It's hard to break a routine built through decades of dealer friendships with reps i.e. brands. If you pay for a program from coach, you know they will have a impact on the minds of the players and their relationships with who ever? In their recruiting, it seems they want to lure people to their strategy or camp. It is more about a business relatioinship, after all that is how they make a living.
The bottom line is the player on the course. That's what will dictate who wins the game.
So why do many of the top pros and coaches believe in and use our system's (Wobble-naught & Myo-facts sEMG/Dartfish?
As our fitter Don Williams said " We have over and over refitted people who have had their bikes fitted, then here in Scottsdale, AZ and they really like the difference in their game". Don has watched the watts go up on many!
We had upwards towards 25 National Championships last year alone in road, tt, mtb, 24-hour, etc... We have been fitting pros who have won worlds to local events since 2001.
Meredith is only one of few who has been using our systems for many years now. She started using our fitting solutioins back when she rode in the "HP Women's Challenge", held here in Idaho.
Some will say "what-ever" they are girls? We love to get behind the gals, as they use muscle just like the men. True, they don't the press or purse like the guys, but you should come here to Boise, ID and watch TEAm Liptons Kristin Armstrong place in the top 5 in mens Cat 1. They are not being nice to her, they are really racing.
Last year all US Championships where won by women from Idaho. Kristin Armstrong TEAm Lipton, Georgia Gould Luna Chix, Reba Rusch NORBA 24-hour.
There are many strong domestic womens teams and we want all the teams to race well. We also love it when TEAm Lipton using our system on their racers has the NRC leader Meredith Miller!
What's in your game?
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Does World Champion Kristin Armstrong have the support needed of a strong TEAm for 2007? You might say so! Below is just a sample of a recent race w/many of the TEAm Lipton racers. Redlands has a history of showing what a road team is made of in the climbing area. It has been a showing ground of what is to come.
Craig Upton and his partner put a ton of time working w/ the TEAm Lipton at their race camp and they should do very well w/ all the climbing.
Our road fit solution comes from a mtb background, plus time spent w/ Kendra & Rene Wenzel. They both ran some of the top teams of the past! All you have to do is check the history of teams like Saturn. Many of those top racers are still winning!
1 Meredith Miller (TEAm Lipton) 2.36.35
2 Lauren Franges (TEAm Lipton) 1.20
3 Brenda Lyons (TEAm Lipton) 1.31
4 Gab Gonzalez-Ferrat (Bicycle John's Serio) 1.33
5 Kori Seehafer (TEAm Lipton)
6 Anna Webb (AE Sport Development)
7 Rachel OConnell (Cheerwine)
8 Jill McLaughlin (Touchstone Climbing)
9 Anne Sam Samplonuis (Team expresscopy.com)
10 Kristen LaSasso (TEAm Lipton)
What's in your game?
Saturday, March 17, 2007
A cyclist can only achieve optimum efficiency if their bicycle is perfectly adapted to their build.
Competition pushes one to their athletic limits. Perhaps the most important area of concern is the hip, as that angle allows you to use the largest muscles in the leg and body. Racing requires paying attention to the smallest details, more than the norm, this is not leisure riding! The hip only has to move a little to change the order of your muscles for a powerful stroke.
If most of your riding is non-competition, we can still set the bike up according to your needs and our suggestions. A very common area of concern is leg length discrepancy.
Leg Length Discrepancy is very common.
The femur is perhaps the cyclist's essential lever. In most cases, one should take the average of both femur's for our "blue-print" of the motor. If one has over 8mm of discrepancy, you should contact us for what we have found is perhaps the best approach.
Just remember, the measurements you take will affect the outcome of the "blue-print". Finding the correct angle allows you to get it right! Very much like riding a horse! By the way, people pay big money to learn how to ride a horse! You are not born w/ the skills and the same is ture for cycling. It does seem that people who ride horses are willing to learn, and spend the time to get better? Cyclist on the other hand will just jump on the bike and ride? After all, they have been doing it since they got rid of the training wheels?
Upper leg length discrepancy can be measured in a number of ways. With the leg symmetrical, measurement in the anterior superior iliac spine to the medial malleolus gives an accurate reflection of true discrepancy. A rapid visual assessment can be made by holding the heels together, flexing both knees and comparing the height of the tibia and the femur at the knee. This will also allow distinction between femoral and tibial shortening. A number of tests are available for assessing which part of the femur is shortened in femoral shortening, but these have largely been superseded by radiographic measures.
A dynamic assessment is afforded by the use of blocks, which are used underneath the short leg in order to restore a horizontal pelvis. Leg length radiographs and CT scanograms give more precise measurements.
Monday, March 12, 2007
California, USA, March 9-11, 2007
We have worked with some very good Elite women and the results roll in as we start the 2007 season.
Tina Pic has stuck with our cleat placement and the front-end adjustment, which makes more watts. However, as posted in our previous blog, "A Lesson Learned", she did not have the time to adjust to the new saddle position. Tina had to move the saddle a bit closer to her old position. Let it be known, that we are merely talking about millimeters here!! The muscles know the difference!
Tina pointed out that she is still having a problem sitting on the saddle. This has been going on for a year now, and she is one of the best sprinters in the game. When you stand, you don't sit on the saddle, but you have to have the body as a power plant. Over a short distance and during a short sprint, the power an athlete generates can reach more than 1,000 watts. Again, this cannot be sustained for the long haul, but knowing how to make more watts is the key.
If the bike, (stem, handlebar, and cleats), are not right then you can't make more watts; the sprint will simply not be there!
The muscles the cyclist employs are the source of mechanical power produced. A good fitness level needs endurance capacity, mental ability, high O2 consumption, etc... Muscles are able to exert force while shortening (work = force X distance = power X time). Furthermore, muscle force depends on muscle length and there is a limited range of muscle lengths in which a muscle can generate active force.
Kori Seehafer was fit by Craig Upton and is right there in the running!
1. Tina Pic (Colavita/Sutter Home presented by Cooking Light)
2. Suzanne de Goede (T-Mobile)
3. Kori Seehafer (TEAm Lipton)
Sunday, March 11, 2007
Georgia has been on the WN fit for a number of years now, and it seems to be working for her! She called me just before leaving for the race in Argentian. She needed some info sent for her new bikes. I asked her if she had been working on her stroke, and she said, "Every time I go out and ride!" Ha! She does her homework!
Georgia has used our fit for a few years now and her muscles and tendons are accustomed to it. She works very hard on her pedal stroke!
She knows her position and how the bike is going to react; it becomes like second nature. However, the foots range of motion always needs working on, even if it seems strange at first.
Pan American Continental Mountain Bike Championships - CC
Argentina, March 09-11, 2007
1. Georgia Gould (USA) 1.56 Wobble-naught & Myo-facts sEMG/Dartfish
2. Mary McConneloug (USA) 2.06
3. Willow Koerber (USA) 4.51
4. Heather Irmiger (USA) 5.26
5. Francisca Campos Salas (Chi) 5.46
DNS Shonny Vanlandingham (USA) Wobble-naught & Myo-facts sEMG/Dartfish.
Shonny Vanlandingham (Durango, Colo./Luna), the U.S. National Team's fifth participant in the elite women's race, did not start due to sickness.
Georgia knows what' in her game!
Thursday, March 08, 2007
Alex Gardner can pull off some of the best pedal strokes you can ask for on his bike!
He is also a student of XC Skiing, which requires the same level of focus!
Why is this? First Alex has been an student of both of these sports for years, and backed up what his techniques do on snow, mtb & road, tt. For the most part, Alex would put a bit of time on the fields of mtb & road because he cared about technique. That also means you need to have the correct bike setup, in order to get the technique. No question, the foot pedal system is huge.
Alex founded the Boise Stars when Remi McManus won the U.S. Road Championships in 2001. Both of them still use Wobble-naught CAD and Myo-facts sEMG/Dartfish to get it right. Alex is a rep, traveling the North West retail stores, and he came to us to get both his bikes fine-tuned. I asked, "Why us?" And he said, "It's the science." No one is doing the science like we do!
I had Alex fit Shimano's new 2007 NanoTec R300 Thermo-form shoes for me. They have a hollow channel architecture to reduce weight. He formed them just like we did our ski boots years ago. It's nice to see the industry catching on to the high-tech. It has only taken a few hurdred years! We still fight the many myths! Ha! Do they work? Yes! The interface of foot and pedal is almost there! I used the Sole footbed within the shoe. I have my reasons. Talk about power, or lowering the lag time! When you jump on the stroke, you go!
Alex & Remi are still students of technique, training, equipment, and racing. They both love using the latest research, putting it into actual methods of improvement.
Both have, for the most part, stayed injury-free through the years.
A sport is very cool, when you can improve year after year. You only get faster!
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
"TEAm Lipton's Kori Seehafer kicked the season off nicely with a victory at Valley of the Sun stage race. She started on the right foot, by crushing the TT, and then holding onto the lead to win the overall title."
Also following Kori, new rider to TEAm Lipton, Nicole Evans, finished 3rd overall. Looks like the season is off to a great start.
In AKA "Smilie" words, Cheers Mate!!!
Monday, March 05, 2007
It is race season again! Both mtb stars/pros Shonny Vanlandingham and up and comer, U.S. women's mountain bike racers will show their stuff in Argentina. Both have spent much time with Wobble-naught and Myo-facts sEMG/Dartfish.
Training is without question or doubt one of the most effective ways to improve performance. Cyclists spend hours and hours on their bicycles. At this time, training science is kind of a soft science, meaning that there is no 'one truth'. Different methods may work for different people, so cyclists and coaches have many opinions/preferences.
Most training is based on principles from common sense and for a greater part, experience. One of the potential dangers is then developing the appropriate training, and not having the bike set-up for the best positive muscle power.
Not so for Shonny & Georgia. They have trained for the concentric muscle power, plus the eccentric muscle power to make pedal power; most of this happening within the downstroke. It must be pointed out that power is either put into the pedal or absorption by the muscles at different crank cycle.
The goal should be to maximize the average pedal power. Muscles should maximize while shortening, making a positive muscle power as high as possible. To use a lengthening contraction only places heat into the muscles in question.
These international experts use us for the the competitive edge, based on Myo-facts sEMG/Dartfish fact rather than on tradition or guesswork. Both have the time on our fit and they hold the knowledge and have the experience in techniques, training, and racing information.
Put them together and you have a wealth of research based and experiential advice. They are at the top of mtb international cylcing. They have the information gap and they can widen their lead over the competition.
Should be fun!
Saturday, March 03, 2007
We just worked with Tina Pic in her home in Buford, GA. Tina has just gone through our fitter, Eddie O'Dea, and as a follow up, I was to provide our Myo-facts sEMG/Dartfish for her review.
I arrived on Saturday afternoon, but my bag did not show up until Sunday night, about 9:30pm. Tina was to leave the very next day for a World Cup down-under.
That Sunday morning, I checked a few measurements and set the bike up according to the CAD solution. Later I had the chance to ride with her husband, Chris, in the back of their Jeep. Before long we were hitting speeds of 55-60mph.
The temperature was about 40 Farenheit and I captured most of her riding. Up and down the road we went, uphill and downhill. After we got back to their home, Tina pointed out that she was able to make more watts, up to 40 watts more! I looked at her husband and said, "Are you sure?" I then asked how long she had used her SRM and she said a few years! Tina did say at that point, "I don't know if I could do that for 4 hours." She knew she had worked different muscles.
As I understand it, Tina got to her races and had very little time to adapt to the new fit. The lesson here is the new fit was too much, too soon. We threw the dice and she was not able to adapt to the new fit that soon. Tina pointed out that she was able to make more power, but was not able to go like she needed after about two hours. She had many more hours with her old position.
The explanation for this is in the length-tension and force-velocity properties of the skeletal muscle. Changes in saddle height will alter the range of motion of the legs, and subsequently the length changes experienced by the leg muscles.
Obviously the range of motion that each leg must go through influences the force-production capabilities. Additionally, leg position affects the muscle movements at each joint. Joint torques are generated by the muscles in the leg.
The reality here is a cyclist has the ability to change the working range of the legs. This force can be read by using EMG. As saddle height is increased, the leg muscles turn on earlier in pedaling and stay on longer. They are on longer for a longer period of time and your body needs time to adjust.
Tina did take 4th on the 3rd Stage with the new fit, a super effort. She then decided to move it back to her old saddle height, and won the last Stage. This goes to show you that it's best not to adjust your bike immediately prior a Major race.
Serious cyclits are searching for the competitive edge - one based on fact rather than on tradition or guesswork. They hit the wind tunnels, use powermeters, etc...
So the next time you wish to change your fit, give it some time. We even point this out on our Solution page. It takes time for muscles to get use to a new saddle height, more power or not!
Friday, March 02, 2007
The heart of GA.
Our gal keeping the rhythm on a little 110 mile ride!
It was great having you again!!!! The Myo-facts sEMG/Dartfish was worth the wait and your knowledge is unparalleled.
Chad Thompson, GM/CEO
A&F Pro Development Cycling Team
892 Hampton Drive
Macedonia, Ohio 44056-1922
Came in for a fit on my new 14lb. De Rossa prototype Protos w/ Power Tap. It is one 16 De Rossa's I own and fit by you to make up for difference between the "same" size bike.
The most amazing part was the focus of my pedal stroke - gained 30 watts w/ no addition effort by working on the pedal stroke w/ your software.