Pedaling Technique Analysis

Example of a poor peddling force profile including a large left-right imbalance. The cyclist was completely unaware of this imbalance.

Example of a poor peddling force profile including a large left-right imbalance. The cyclist was completely unaware of this imbalance.

Effective pedaling is essential in order to maximise bike speed in a variety of circumstances, such as time trialling, sprinting and hill climbing. We use a Wattbike to analyse the forces that are generated during pedaling along with video analysis to evaluate your pedaling technique to identify opportunities for improvement. Our advanced biomechanical understanding of the relationships between the movement patterns of the legs and the pedal forces allow us to interpret the data and identify how to improve your pedaling technique. The analysis can identify dead spots, left –right imbalances, poor co-ordination between left and right legs, and incorrect activation of muscles during the pedal stroke. Following the analysis, corrections will be made using a combination of drills, off-the-bike exercises or small changes to the bike position. We are continually surprised how frequently even high standard cyclists have poor pedaling force profiles.

Very effective force profile ensuring cycling is both fast and energy efficient

Very effective force profile ensuring cycling is both fast and energy efficient

We would recommend going through the ‘Pedaling technique analysis’ after having a Bikefit, as a poor bike position will prevent effective pedaling technique. This is a 1 hour session, with an opportunity to sign up for shorter regular follow up technique development sessions.

Participants will be required to bring cycling kit (shoes, lycra-type cycling shorts, jersey) and their bike.

 

 

We offer the following services:

Initial Assessment and Training

This session evaluates your peddling technique using both the analysis of video and  pedaling forces using a Wattbike while you pedal at a range of different intensities and cadences. We set up the Wattbike to exactly match your bike, and once we have completed a thorough analysis, we will use a number of drills and exercises to improve your peddling efficiency and effectiveness, and  help you pedal with a smooth peddling technique that will glide you up those hills! 

Additional Technique Training

Once we have identified how your pedaling needs to improve to enhance your performance, you can book a series of three 1:1 sessions to work on your technique on an individual basis to make sure that the changes you make to your technique become embedded into your normal movement pattern while on the road.