Men’s MTB race, Rio 2016

Men’s MTB race.

A suggestion of sidebeding and weight shifting while off saddle. MTB has been somewhat of a question mark as far as how much of the PMP’s, and which actually enter into the picture. The camera work was excellent considering the terrain, much better than I recall from London. Safe to say PMP’s are in full display from these athletes, though a bit narrower range compared with a road bike, and more limited weight shift due to the wider hand and orientation of the hand. Still a mystery why the bars are horizontal.

 

Sagan in 3rd, how did he ever get himself there early on? Solid weight shifting. Conceptually the same principle of rider development, presenting varying challenges to the athletes to emphasize reconnect with skill sets in a different way. Positive for their road events. As opposed to a road event in which the adaptation is carried over a relatively long time. vs. the MTB event in which adaptations or recalibrations occur at a furious pace. So it may pay to perform the PMP over a narrow ROM yet be able to expand it as needed. What would a Sagan sprint have looked like?

Riders powering up a slope off saddle with the SBHH, a French rider the TPR. Looks like several approaches to slice it, much like on the road bike. This is getting interesting!

Womens’ Triathlon. Rio 2016

Womens’ Triathlon. Rio 2016.

Draft legal, which makes it vitally important to remain close to the leaders in the sprint. Athletes used standard bikes, presumably due to the climb or because they are riding in a pack?

Jorgensen, who went on to win the event, rides with a marked TPR.

Riders, for the most part weight shift well on the climb, an integral part of the SBHH component of the Pro style; a few seem to push the handlebars from side to side. Performances had a mix of the Pro style, purer SBHH and TPR. But you can always be fooled by the camera perspective. These are views from the front, some from the moto behind the group.

A Brazilian rider getting dropped, her PMP rather limited, but seemed to get back in the mix on the flat section.

I thought the video from this event was rather good; you could get a sense for how people were performing.  Amazing when the announcer proclaims that “almost everybody has ridden a bike” and therefore just needs some training to participate in an event. While that gets people in the sport, you clearly need to know How of ride a bike, as these athletes have demonstrated. That may be because they are using their road bikes, on a TT bike, the quality of climbing may drop off considerably for some.

Women’s Road Race Rio 2016

Women’s Road Race.

Jottings, a German rider with limited weight shifting, rather choppy roll motion, and a bit loose on the cobbles as short as they were. Kristin Armstrong and Bronzini later on, the only ones I could tell with a distinct weight shifting on the handle bars. Speaking of Armstrong, missed the TT, but caught a very brief clip in the news: it had all the key elements, great skill set seated and outstanding off saddle climb, pro style- better than good. On the TT bike nonetheless, which is super hard to do, as low as the grips are.

A breakaway, these tend to be successful in the Olympics, though this is the only women’s racing ever on TV. The camera work, generally quite good.

As one climb approached, Evelyn Stevens, great weight shifting on the handle bars. By the way, I’m focusing more on that feature. Quite clear in views from the front. Mara Abbott, very compact off saddle climbing, great SBHH, what a workhorse, clawing back. In the final stretch, getting off the saddle so frequently was not a good sign, though holding on to skill. Sad to see the lead rider Van Vleuten crash hard, those curbs are unforgiving, hopes of a win dashed, these athletes bounce back so well. Expected more wipe outs from the women, they may have been more careful on the descent.

2016 Rio Olympics

Men’s Road Race.

A smattering of notes on the race. Pauwels, transitioning from the Hybrid Pro style to the TPR while off saddle, indicating great abilities to adapt the PMP to the race conditions, early in the race.

68 km to go. The 2 leaders looking quite iffy on the climb.

G Thomas, a distinct SBHH on the climb, seated and on the hoods.

Overall, a very busy TV schedule from NBC, yet the video feed was rather good. Nice opportunities to check out the skill sets and at the same time get a sense for how the race developed. Same for the women’s race the following day.

Can’t say it often enough, the Alaphillipe kid is good. Off saddle, climb, so fluid Pro style, great example. Fighting, skilled to the end.

One impression just a bit later of Froomes left paraspinals at work on the Left hip hike. If your observational skills are well honed, so many details you begin to tease out, makes for a more interesting viewing experience.

So many fortunes changed with the falls on the descent, brutal. And when you thought Majka was about to take it, Van Avermaet and Fuglsang had other ideas. Majka was tiring- skill set appeared more labored, Sherwen missed it while van de Velde caught it a bit later. Credit Van Avermaet and Fuglsang for peeling off the chase group and deciding they had a chance to win.