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Max watts for one hour of cycling?

Old 06-22-10, 10:43 AM
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Max watts for one hour of cycling?

What is a decent average wattage over one hour (going all-out)? I dont have a P-Tap but was shown a website to give me a rough estimate of wattage. This isnt an average speed. Its a watt thread .
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How much do you weigh?
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This is what you're looking for. https://home.trainingpeaks.com/articl...profiling.aspx Click on power profiling spreadsheet.

Realize however, that without an accurate power meter, the "rough estimate of power from a website" is not really meaningful.
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Originally Posted by Prairie Native
What is a decent average wattage over one hour (going all-out)? I dont have a P-Tap but was shown a website to give me a rough estimate of wattage. This isnt an average speed. Its a watt thread .
TT watts?
Road Race watts?
Group Ride watts?
Crit watts?

Each will be completely different.
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Old 06-22-10, 11:03 AM
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Old 06-22-10, 11:09 AM
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Originally Posted by bdcheung
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For G. Hincapie perhaps.
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Old 06-22-10, 11:19 AM
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W/kg is more important (for internet pissing contests) anyway
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If you can do 300 for an hour, that's pretty good.
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Old 06-22-10, 11:39 AM
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If you can do 300 for an hour, that's pretty good.
Depending on your size that's either pretty good, really good, or unrealistic.
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh
This is what you're looking for. https://home.trainingpeaks.com/articl...profiling.aspx Click on power profiling spreadsheet.

Realize however, that without an accurate power meter, the "rough estimate of power from a website" is not really meaningful.
Anyone else think this chart is a bit off? My 1hr w/kg is about 4.7, and as a cat3 there are usually a few guys that still can get the better of me.
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Originally Posted by TheKillerPenguin
Anyone else think this chart is a bit off? My 1hr w/kg is about 4.7, and as a cat3 there are usually a few guys that still can get the better of me.
The labels on the chart don't really mean anything. Only the top and bottom have any basis in reality. The rest of the numbers are evenly distributed and the category lines arbitrarily drawn.
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i hooked up a flux capacitor to my PowerTap. When I hit 88mph and 500watts I traveled back in time to 1999 and gave Lance EPO
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Originally Posted by umd
The labels on the chart don't really mean anything. Only the top and bottom have any basis in reality. The rest of the numbers are evenly distributed and the category lines arbitrarily drawn.
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Originally Posted by Guillotine007
i hooked up a flux capacitor to my PowerTap. When I hit 88mph and 500watts I traveled back in time to 1999 and gave Lance EPO
I thought you had to hit 1.2GW for that to work.
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Originally Posted by Guillotine007
When I hit... 500watts
This is pathetic.
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Originally Posted by TMonk
Depending on your size that's either pretty good, really good, or unrealistic.
Or terrible...
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The answer is relative. For my grandmother, 100w would be outstanding. Depends on your age, level of fitness, goals and objectives, etc.

It would be like asking, what's a decent speed for a fast ball (to use baseball as an analogy)? It depends on the level of competition, right? An 80mph fastball would be nearly unhittable in little league, but would be considered slow in the majors (for a fastball).
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Go for 3 watt per kilogram.
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Originally Posted by TheKillerPenguin
Anyone else think this chart is a bit off? My 1hr w/kg is about 4.7, and as a cat3 there are usually a few guys that still can get the better of me.
a) If there weren't a few guys who could beat you then you should be a 2.
b) It depends on what type of racing you're doing. On flat to rolling courses W/CdA is more important. A 60 Kg rider @ 4.7W/Kg could have trouble with a 75Kg rider @ 4W/Kg.
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Hmm. I thought it would be easy to understand what I was referring to. Obviously I wasnt talking about your grandma or being a pro. I meant for the average BF joe. sheesh. Mine said a little over 200W for an hour ride. Sound reasonable? How do I figure watts/kg? just 200W/80.2kg? So approx 2.5??

dont laugh, im pretty untrained. and need to drop 15 pounds to get to a "race wieght".
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Divide watts/weight in kgs
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Originally Posted by Prairie Native
Hmm. I thought it would be easy to understand what I was referring to. Obviously I wasnt talking about your grandma or being a pro. I meant for the average BF joe. sheesh. Mine said a little over 200W for an hour ride. Sound reasonable? How do I figure watts/kg? just 200W/80.2kg? So approx 2.5??

dont laugh, im pretty untrained. and need to drop 15 pounds to get to a "race wieght".
Nothing wrong with that. Bear in mind when people are talking about their W/Kg for an hour they're talking about an all out TT type effort where they have nothing left at the end. It's not much fun to test so most extrapolate their 60min power from shorter tests.

For now, particularly if you're trying to lose weight, it's better to just get in time on the bike at a comfortable pace. Work on extending the time before increasing your power.
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whatever it is, it's not enough.
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it isn't my fault that technology has advanced since 1985. It used to take 1.21 jW to fully power the flux capacitor, but nowadays with energy saving technology and going green and whatnot, they've got it down to 500 watts. I wasn't saying I couldn't push for more, but 500 watts plus the 88mph send me back in time.
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