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Old 07-07-13, 07:32 AM   #1
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Why hardly any HR monitors on TdF riders?

Is it a comfort thing? I would think the data would still be useful. Most teams have power, but why no HR monitors?
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Old 07-07-13, 07:48 AM   #2
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Because they train when needed with HR monitor and know their heart rate when in the battle...or close enough. They don't ride with their cadence nos. showing on their computer either.
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They only care about average speed.
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Because they train when needed with HR monitor and know their heart rate when in the battle...or close enough. They don't ride with their cadence nos. showing on their computer either.
Most likely this. When you're at that elite level of riding(or any sport for that matter) you know your body pretty well. After years and years of running, I'm pretty good at telling you how fast my stride is or telling you at what level my body is working. I never wear a heart rate monitor, but I can tell you with decent accuracy what my HR is.
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Because power is a much better metric than HR.
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Because power is a much better metric than HR.
I think that's true, but I think there's a lot of other information in the heart rate, especially when looking at it along with power. That's why I wonder why they wouldn't use it.
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I would imagine this is so they can focus on the race, the other riders and the strategy instead of training data.
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I have the fifth page on my Garmin 500 set up for "race". It has power, speed, distance, cadence. (Distance replaced HR.)
When I took off HR and found that I can push harder for longer. I don't look at it much during a race (not at all in a crit) but even that quick glance during a road race is enough to freak me out during a harder effort.

As to why the Pros don't use it... I'm watching Stage 9 right now, and I see five guys with jerseys unzipped, only one is missing a HRM. I know that's too small of a sample, but I'd guess more have them than don't. Power is the best metric for how you're performing, but having all of the data available after the race for analysis would be important. "Why did I feel like crap on that climb?" .... "Oh, my power numbers were only slightly lower, but my HR was up 10bpm." I remember an article back in the day where Lance would use a thermometer in pill form during training to get extra data to help optimize technique.
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I understand not using it during the race, but I'm sure the data would be useful for analysis after the stage for the coaches/strategy/etc.?
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Apparently they're not worried about their strava suffer score.
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Some of them do. E.g. http://www.trainingpeaks.com/av/63OI...TCCUW2RO7GK3SQ

I'd guess the riders who don't use HRM's are looking at watts and/or subjectively judging effort, and know how much they can push.
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