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.

Stage 20-21

Stage 20. Megève – Morzine.

Alaphillipe compared with Pantano in a climbing situation, perhaps fatigue related. Alaphillipe off saddle apparently weight bearing less on the handle bars than Pantano who was seated. In climbing both situations require greater weight shifting, the off saddle more than seated.

Stage 21. Chantilly – Paris Champs-Élysées

Terrific Greipel win, the downstroke PRF effectively neutralized by trunk rotation. But above all, the genuine excitement in the accomplishment!

And by the way on the women’s side, Chloe Hosking wins the criterium. How? Pro-Style Hybrid PMPC, just as the guys. Revolutionary!

Stage 18. Sallanches – Megève (ITT).

Stage 18. Sallanches – Megève (ITT).

Quintana takes a bit of a hit on his time trialing. Not bad overall, a rather effective Pro-Style hybrid PMPC. He is rather compact on his climbing skills, seated and off saddle. This is reflected on the TT bike. I wonder if he could even magnify his delivery and bring it somewhat to the level of Coquard or Alapphillipe. He would claw himself to 3rd in the end, and I’m sitting watching the show from home, but learning from each individuals’ PMPC skill set.

The forearm pads on Nairo appeared wider that shoulder width, Froome about shoulder width, presumably allowing greater ease in weight shifting the arms, which is of course integral to the delivery of a sound PMPC. One key feature about Froome is his ability to up-calibrate his skill set in the aero position when headed uphill.

Stage 17 Berne – Finhaut-Emosson.

Stage 17 Berne – Finhaut-Emosson.

Ilnur Zakarin, spectacular off saddle, Pro-Style Hybrid PMPC. J Rodriguez and Dumoulin are comparable in terms of a very marked hike. Rui Alberto Faria da Costa, a very nice sidebend motion, very little if any air time for Lampre, but if one can highlight individual performances and give them credit, representative of the peloton as a whole in terms of high level skill sets.

Just as the left is somewhat different from the right, Fabio Aru demonstrated greater left sidebending, no big deal, very effective, one side will generally more dominant than the other. But not uniformly so.

Stage 13. TT. Bourg-Saint-Andéol – La Caverne du Pont-d’Arc (ITT)

Stage 13. TT. Bourg-Saint-Andéol – La Caverne du Pont-d’Arc (ITT)

Ten Dam, marked on the hike; Impey on the Hybrid overall. Nibali on the other hand, strained and trunk possibly erratic. Keldeman hard time controlling the bike in the wind, especially with the narrower placement of the aero pads.

I had a bit of difficulty with Froome’s timing, a slow motion would have resolved that.

I like A Yates, great off saddle on the TT bike nonetheless. Quintana, OK for this type of TT, seemed to match what he does on the road bike.

Stage 4. Saumer – Limoges

Stage 4. Saumer – Limoges

First time watching a clip of Poulidor on one of his Tours, even in those days, with their equipment, Sidebend Hip Hike off saddle climbing and seated. Terrific!

Impressive, Bryan Coquards performance, sprinting from about 10th position to 2nd, that deserves the sprint of the day award. Significant ROM on the Pro Style-Hybrid skill, which is now looking as one option for the smaller riders. He applied a solid rotation on the downstroke, much like Kittel does.

TDF-Stage 1. Mont-Saint-Michel – Utah Beach / Sainte-Marie-Du-Mont.

Tour de France, 2016.

Stage 1. Mont-Saint-Michel – Utah Beach / Sainte-Marie-Du-Mont.

For those still wondering about the PMPC, as the performance requirements increase then the PMPC tends to expand in intensity to match. The use of “on bike” cameras offer an interesting perspective on the movement of riders within the peloton.

Alex Howes, in the break; falling behind in the 3 up sprint-tending to bounce more than his adversaries. At times well defined TPR motion seated, variable skill set when off the saddle. Later on the attack he switched from the TPR to the SBHH, and this is apparent from others in later stages. Skill sets tending to be selected on the basis of need and most effectiveness for the situation; I can’t imagine they think much about each skill set. Hmm, shall I do the TPR or maybe a bit more of the hybrid???

They just get the job done and optimize in the best way possible.

Now the sprint. Cav looks rejuvenated, trim, and above all sharp. Very nice Pro style Hybrid version-compact. Timed it nicely, driving the skill to the line. Kittel and Sagan may have run out of gas, tell tale sign when they begin looking at their front wheel.

Reminds me years ago when Cav wanted to get back to the track and Lefebre, if I recall correctly wanted him on the road. He had been slowing in past years, the Hybrid version less and less vital. Maybe different for different riders, but he knew what he needed to get back on track.