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Science anc Cycling stands for monitoring and fine-tuning training prescription to cyclists, based on scientific principles and studies. As the best gains in training status are generally achieved by prescribing high training loads followed by the minimal but still efficient amount of recovery, maintaining a healthy balance is challenging. A mismatch between training load (unless it is a planned overloading stimulus) generally leads to non-functional overreaching and possibly even to an overtraining syndrome. As the recovery time of a non-functional overreaching status or overstaining’s syndrome takes months to more a year to recover from, maintaining a healthy balance is extremely important.

 Although coaches and cyclists generally have quite a good subjective feeling when they are doing too much and need to build in extra recovery, it also still goes regularly wrong resulting in cyclists not peaking at the right time and/or becoming non-functionally overreached. These unwanted developments are seen in a range of cyclists, ranging from starting amateurs to the best elite cyclists in the world. The most recent example of this is Marianne Vos, a threefold road race and sevenfold cyclo-cross world champion with 2 golden Olympic medals, who developed an overtraining syndrome in 2015.

 Regularly monitoring changes in training status with the use of a submaximal cycle test provides cyclists and coaches with objective measures on which gains are made, while it also in a very early stage can detect symptoms of fatigue and non-functional overreaching. Recognizing these symptoms and adapting training prescription accordingly will result in more effective training programs and prevent the development of non-functional overreaching and the development of a overtraining’s syndrome.  

 

SCIENCE & CYLCING

Science & Cyclingwas founded in 2011 by Prof. Rob Lamberts, who has a specific interest in professional cycling and rowing. As part of his work as an exercise physiologists he developed the LSCT, which is a submaximal cycle test that can be used as warm-up method before training session or race. The LSCT exists of 3 stages in which cyclists are asked to cycle at 60, 80 and 90% of their heart rate maximum. Physiological data and psychological well-being are captured during the test, which provides insight into the training status and fatigue level of a cyclists. This information is highly useful to monitor changes in training status, adapt training programs and monitor for any symptoms of non-functional overreaching.

The LSCT has been developed based multiple scientific studies (to date more than 12 studies), of which most have been published in different internationally peer reviewed scientific journals (see publications link)  Although the design of the LSCT is published (British Journal of Sports Medicine (2011) and the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance (2014)), the correct interpretation of the LSCT is more complex than analyzing the described three variables (power, rating of perceived exertion and heart rate recovery).

 Today, a MULTI WEIGHED FACTOR EQUATION of more than 6 different parameters and CORRECTION FACTORS for temperature and humidity are used within the LSCT to monitor cyclists.

 

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THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN EVIDENCE BASED SUBMAXIMAL CYCLE TEST DESIGNED TO MONITOR AND PREDICT CYCLING PERFORMANCE. - THE LSCT

By: Prof. R.P. LAMBERTS

(ISBN: 987-90-9024959-9)

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European College or Sport Sciences

The European College of Sport Science is an international non-profit organization founded in Nice, France in 1995. Its purpose is the promotion of science and research, with special attention to the interdisciplinary fields of sport science and sports medicine.

The ECSS associates scientists committed to the ECSS mission by individual membership. By organizing annual scientific congresses the ECSS provides a networking platform to share your knowledge.

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