Laurens ten Dam's Tour de France on Strava

Following the Belkin rider on Strava reveals the sheer scale of the speed of the professionals

by David Arthur @davearthur   July 9, 2013  

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On Saturday, Team Belkin’s Laurens ten Dam rode to fifth place on stage eight of the Tour de France, while Chris Froome scarpered up the road alone for the stage victory. That in itself isn’t the interesting bit. I’ve been following Laurens on Strava for the last year, so when I saw Laurens finish so highly, I immediately logged on to take a look at his ride and give him some ‘kudos’.

So did 2,146 other people. With 1547 comments, his ride certainly attracted some attention on Strava. The details for that stage include a 37.6km/h average speed, 92.2km/h max speed, and an average power of 379 watts.

Now, I know there are a lot of people who hate Strava, but with access to information such as this it pulls away the veil of secrecy that has always covered pro cyclists' performances in races like the Tour de France. In an era when transparency is key to moving forward and leaving the problems of doping in the past, being able to view and analyse a ride in such detail as Strava offers must be seen as a positive step forward.

See Laurens ten Dam on Strava here. And you can see Saturday's ride, titled simply 'hard day' right here.

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the garmin squad are...wait for it....on garmin connect.
not all the rides are there but enough, the numbers make me feel fat and slow!! Surprise

posted by mrchrispy [378 posts]
9th July 2013 - 12:40

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Funnily enough I was looking at Dan Martin's winning ride on Garmin connect: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/339429962

Three things struck me about Dan the Mans data - the max speed 63.8 mph, he's not using the pimpiest model of Garmin (a 510) and that 105 miles and 13200 ft of uppage at 21.6 mph is a damn sight quicker than my pedestrian pace !

Velotastic !

Too many hills, but too little time.

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posted by badback [294 posts]
9th July 2013 - 13:32

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510's nice and light and he doesn't really need a map Smile

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7742 posts]
9th July 2013 - 13:37

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Guys!

Jeremy Roy of FDJ and Thomas De Gendt are also strava'ing all their rides!

http://app.strava.com/athletes/1855274

http://app.strava.com/athletes/1655561

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posted by CornishSprinter [26 posts]
9th July 2013 - 14:29

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Dave Atkinson wrote:
510's nice and light and he doesn't really need a map Smile

That's why I use a 200. (or is it because I'm a skint tight arsed northerner !) Thinking Wink

Velotastic !

Too many hills, but too little time.

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posted by badback [294 posts]
9th July 2013 - 14:43

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Now that Ted King is outta the race, I had to follow LTD to get the Strava deets.

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posted by pedalpowerDC [287 posts]
9th July 2013 - 16:39

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Just to correct the article, if there's no "lightning bolt" next to the ride, then the power is Strava-calculated, not real. So 379w is not a useful stat for that ride as it assumes he was riding solo, doesn't take into account the wind, etc.

Ten Dam rides with power in training and often posts those rides, but this particular ride does not include his data from his powermeter.

posted by smaryka [18 posts]
10th July 2013 - 9:50

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badback wrote:
Funnily enough I was looking at Dan Martin's winning ride on Garmin connect: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/339429962

Three things struck me about Dan the Mans data - the max speed 63.8 mph, he's not using the pimpiest model of Garmin (a 510) and that 105 miles and 13200 ft of uppage at 21.6 mph is a damn sight quicker than my pedestrian pace !

On Google Chrome I have the Dictionary of Numbers app that helps explain numbers (usually large ones) in different formats to get a better understanding over the information. I liked what it said about your comment:

...63.8 mph [≈ sailfish —fastest fish], he's not using the pimpiest model of Garmin (a 510) and that 105 miles [≈ length of the Suez Canal] and 13200 ft of uppage at 21.6 mph [≈ Top speed of a running cat or dog.]

posted by TeamCC [146 posts]
10th July 2013 - 17:36

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