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Postby mikesbytes » Wed Mar 04, 2009 1:08 pm

toolonglegs wrote:Silly question but maths was never my subject...if I can hold the same power but lose 15 kgs (from 100kgs to 85kgs) will that improve my power to weight by 15%?....being 100 kilos makes it easy to work out I suppose :lol:.


In reality you will loose a little power, its virtually impossible to loose 15kg without loosing a little muscle along with the fat.

don't forget to include the bikes weight in the power to weight ratio.

15kg equates to about 2kph faster on the flat, but as you know it will equate to a huge improvement going up hills.
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Postby toolonglegs » Wed Mar 04, 2009 5:34 pm

mikesbytes wrote:
toolonglegs wrote:Silly question but maths was never my subject...if I can hold the same power but lose 15 kgs (from 100kgs to 85kgs) will that improve my power to weight by 15%?....being 100 kilos makes it easy to work out I suppose :lol:.


In reality you will loose a little power, its virtually impossible to loose 15kg without loosing a little muscle along with the fat.

don't forget to include the bikes weight in the power to weight ratio.

15kg equates to about 2kph faster on the flat, but as you know it will equate to a huge improvement going up hills.


True but I think I still have quite a way to go in power improvement....my body keeps feeling stronger and stronger....legs look good!! (thou my thigh's look a lot leaner than in previous years)....upper body is a lot thinner than in 2000.Will be interesting to see...sustainable power is more important than weight in my region...well I think that is right...luckily for me I live in a pretty flat area,although the region with which my races are in is reasonably big and covers all the way to the Swiss border....so some clubs must have hilly races!.
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