Q: Grand tours queen stages, MTF, TT's seem to be a battle of the two greatest forces a cyclist overcomes, gravity for climbing, and wind resistance for TT's. I've personally had enough of the diets, reinvented equipment, and transforming illness stories in cycling and don't see why you need to add peripheral factors into your models when all the athletes are riding almost identical equipment.
I basically agree on MTFs that if you account for wind and drafting (and wet heavy clothes) then the rest is mostly an argument of distraction. TT position is still too big of an unknown.
Q: Do any of your w/kg prediction models take rolling resistance into account? Teams that pay higher attention to such things will be seeing faster climbing speeds for the same power but as your models look at speed would this will be interpreted as a higher w/kg prediction rather than getting more "bang for buck" from the same power?
the coefficient for rolling resistance is standardized. fortunately since the power needed to overcome rolling resistance is small and speed dependent it would take a huge difference in tires to create significant error in the power estimates.
I remember at this year’s Tour, David Lopez turned up at the Tour. At the table, he was eating Nutella. Because he was relatively new to the team, he had no idea of how that would offend his teammates. But it did offend them. They just didn’t like it, as in, “That stuff is no good for you. We’re here to eat the right food, and you bringing that to the table is lowering the dietary and nutritional standard.” I just thought that kind of attitude was impressive. That’s what Sky have created, and I found it impressive. Maybe the other teams are doing it better, but from the bits and pieces I heard, it doesn’t seem that all of them are.
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