Variations in pedalling technique of competitive cyclists: the effect on biological efficiency

Zommers, Alfred (2000) Variations in pedalling technique of competitive cyclists: the effect on biological efficiency. PhD thesis, Victoria University of Technology.

Abstract

The efficiency of pedalling technique has been a source of controversy amongst exercise scientists, coaches and cyclists for over 100 years. Biomechanically, it has been shown that orienting the pedal tangentially to the direction of motion of the crank provides the greatest force effectiveness. This is commonly referred to as "ankling". Ankling may enable greater mechanical efficiency but this, in itself, does not guarantee improved performance, because the greater mechanical efficiency may be at a cost of reduced biological efficiency. The effect of ankling on biological efficiency has not previously been investigated and is the primary focus of this thesis.

Item type Thesis (PhD thesis)
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/15742
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Sport and Exercise Science
Current > FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Keywords cycling, human mechanics, human movement, ankling, exercise
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