In stage 18 of the Giro, Nibali pedaled vertically for 1000 metres in 45 minutes.
By my calculation, using the formula;
power(watts)=mass(kg) x g(gravitational acceleration=9.8met/sec2) x height(metres), divided by time(seconds), and allowing an extra 20% for windage and rolling resistance, a 70kg rider(+bike) would work at an average rate of 304 watts. Does this sound right? Impressive since my horse weighs about 500kg.
Question for those of you who actually race; if two cyclists are on the road and one is slipstreaming the other, does the front rider get ANY benefit from having the second rider being there. (I'm thinking of some sort of bow wave effect).
My apologies if these subjects have been covered before, I'm relatively new to road.cc