Monday, March 12, 2007

Tina Pic takes 1st, and Kori Seehafer 3rd!

Central Valley Classic - NE
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)

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