Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Doping vet - All power to Garmin!

Wow. Look what happens when you get a life and stop hanging out on the forums. You miss all the news. Like Hilton McMurdo, the guy that smashed us at the 07 Masters World Track champs, getting busted for steroids. Good one Hilton. I kept wondering why I was getting referred hits from google on "Hilton McMurdo" and "positive drugs test". Obviously the info was leaked long before the announcement last week. I feel sorry for the people that travelled further than I did to compete against him. I guess that's good news for Marco Hellman (1st) , Kiwi Ray Dunstan (now 2nd) and Klaus from Denmark who goes up into 3rd. That was an epic pursuit between Ray and Klaus, but then there's another guy who never even made a ride-off because of Hilton. Sad isnt it that you feel you have to cheat, even as a vet. Link to the announcement.

The next thing I missed was the fact that Saris, the guys that make Power Tap are doing a version that is ANT + SPORT compatible with the Garmin GPS' models that read power. You'd have to be thinking along the lines of using a Garmin as it appears they are now compatible with the new Quarq, the Power Tap and the SRM. The Quarq started shipping last week, but I am guessing there will be a big waiting list, and their (Qranium) head unit is still in development.

I guess another thing I missed was that Garmin are now lead sponsors for Garmin/Chipotle. (That's pronounced chip-ote-lay, if you are a kiwi) what is supposedly the cleanest team in the peloton. There are some real nice-guys on this team. Julian Dean from NZ and the big Swede, Magnus Backstead, not to mention the seriously up and coming Tyler Phinney, teenage pursuit phenomenon from the US. The jury is still out on their uniforms tho.... maybe its true, cycling is the new golf, but does that mean we have to dress like them?


Anonymous said...


I don't mean to hijack this post, but i read one of your earlier ones and I'm a blog idiot, please forgive.

Random question for you: when you tt, do look at your real time wattage, or average? My goal is to obviously hit my threshold power (+/- based on the tt distance). I'm hesitant to look at the average power, since there's a lot of modulation to do. I've got my PT set on a high refresh rate, and it can be confusing with all the little hiccups. Just wondering if you had any insight. btw - I googled powertap and timetrialing to find your blog.


El jefe said...

I dont use average power.If there was a choice on the PT to have both simultaneously I would. If my threshold was 300, I would try really hard for the first 5 mins to keep it close to that (not over). After that you are more tired and its harder to over-cook it. It is going too fast at the start that costs you the most. After a while you get a good feel for it (the pacing) but its always hard to start evenly. To start at the same watts you finish at, it feels like your are only going at 80% in the beginning. Jeff