Jan 22, 2009
Jan 14, 2009
Interested in dialing in your time trial position with the latest technology available? Whenever someone comes to us for a bike fit, coaching, or lactate testing, we direct them right next door to Craig Upton at Performance Labs HC. We've worked together now for 3 years and Craig's experience and results are absolutely best in class. This March 20th Craig is offering an incredible opportunity utilizing the most advanced developments in aero positioning.
Wind tunnel testing has become de rigueur for serious competitors against the clock, but it still has its disadvantages. One, at $900 an hour (and you'll need a minimum of two hours), it's expensive. Two, and more importantly, a slippery position is no good if you can't ride with maximum power. A position inefficiency of a few millimeters can rob a rider of 20 or 30 watts. That's why Lance Armstrong and others are now verifying their wind tunnel results with live testing on the track.
Craig Upton of Performance Labs HC is offering a unique opportunity to take to LA's world class indoor velodrome this March 20th for some live aero testing. Included is a biomechanical bike fit and a full day of runs on the track, using testing equipment and protocol developed by Uli Schoberer, inventor of the SRM. Recently, while working with a member of the USA National Team, Craig and his team were able to reduce her 45 kph power 40 watts, from 300 to 260! This is a savings of 4 minutes per hour! Imagine being able to ride the same speed at 15% less power.
Riders will do multiple runs trying out positions, and each run will be assessed for aerodynamics and efficiency, ultimately yielding the best combination of power, comfort, and speed. Riders will leave with a spreadsheet of their data and photographs of each position. A catered lunch will be served.
If you'd like to attend, or have any questions, contact Craig Upton at (415) 435-2528.
The video below is an example of aero track testing, showing Lance Armstrong testing in November.
Jan 8, 2009
Enjoy beautiful scenery, amazing roads, and an unforgettable journey.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA to SAN DIEGO, CA - JANUARY 25-30, 2009
January 26th - San Francisco to Monterey - 140 miles
January 27th- Monterey to Morro Bay- 95 miles
January 28th -Morro Bay to Santa Barbara - 135 miles
January 29th- Santa Barbara to Santa Monica - 115 miles
January 30th- Newport Beach to Mission Bay - 100 miles
- 5 days of cycling down the coast of California (Monday morning thru Friday afternoon)
- 5 nights of lodging & daily Massage therapy included
- All Airport pickups and returns in SF or San Diego
- Low cyclist to staff ratio – Ride is limited to 16 athletes
- Tips & valuable training insights from top professional cyclists including 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist Kristin Armstrong
- SAG bike support on all rides and basic power food, gels & energy drink
- 585 miles of cycling ranging from challenging (Big Sur) to easy spinning (LA to San Diego)
Jan 5, 2009
The wheels are Edge Composites 1.24 carbon tubular rims with DT 190 hubs. Tufo tires with a dose of Tufo Sealant round out the package. Speaking of Tufo's, want to ride tubulars but worried about getting stranded after flatting? ...Just for kicks we took an old, blown tufo tire, filled it with sealant, and it was completely air-tight. We've punctured it about a dozen times in various demonstrations, and the holes filled in almost immediately and the tire is still holding full pressure weeks later!
Those arrows point to an exposed patch of stainless steel. Rough translation of "Gratta e Vinci": Lottery Scratch-card!