January 26th, 2009

Pedaling efficiency assessments for cyclists will be provided by Great River Medical Center’s High Performance Program from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7, and Sunday, Feb. 8, at the Center for Rehab and Clinics, 1401 W. Agency Rd., West Burlington, Iowa. The assessments will be conducted by USA Triathlon certified coaches.

During the assessments, a CompuTrainerTM will be used to measure pedal stroke every 15 degrees per leg throughout the full pedal stroke. This information will show how well the cyclist is using the full pedal stroke, and if the cyclist has a dominant leg and by how much in terms of power (wattage) and percentage.

Each assessment will be videotaped, and participants will receive immediate advice about positioning, posture and form. Within two weeks, participants will receive written reports with average values of their full pedal strokes and other data from their sessions. This information is useful for evaluating the effects of training and comparing it to other pedaling efficiency assessments.

“We suggest completing a pedaling efficiency assessment now, doing training drills for specific needs – such as strengthening a weaker leg – and repeating the assessment in late spring to objectively gauge improvement,” said Chris Reed, coordinator, Great River High Performance Program. Training drills and indoor cycling classes are available from the High Performance Program.

The cost of the assessment is $40 per person or $25 per person in groups of five or more. Each testing session lasts 30 minutes. To schedule a testing time, contact Reed at (319) 768-4112, or creed@grhs.net.