Power Splits

Power Splits

pawer splitz

noun, verb

Power splits are the differences in power output between two legs of a Duathlon.

Example usage: 'I'm working to improve my power splits in the run/bike transition of the Duathlon.'

Most used in: Duathlon races around the world.

Most used by: Duathlon cyclists looking to improve their performance.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 4/10

Also see: Watts per Kilometer, Normalized Power, Intensity Factor, Training Stress Score,

What are Power Splits?

Power splits are a measure of cycling efficiency used to compare the performance of a cyclist over a given distance. It is calculated by dividing the total distance ridden by the total amount of power output, measured in watts. This figure provides an indication of how efficiently a cyclist is pedaling and can be used to assess their performance over a period of time.

Power splits are used to identify weaknesses in a cyclist's riding technique, allowing them to make adjustments and improve their performance. They can also be used to compare the performance of different cyclists, as the power split figure can be used to assess the overall efficiency of a rider.

The average power split for a cyclist is around 200 watts per hour, with some professional cyclists reaching up to 400 watts per hour. Higher power splits indicate better performance and greater efficiency, while lower power splits indicate a need for improvement.

Power splits can be used to assess a cyclist's performance over a given distance, as well as to compare their performance to other cyclists. Knowing the power split can provide an indication of how efficiently a cyclist is pedaling and can be used to help identify weaknesses in their riding technique.

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The Origin of the Cycling Term 'Power Splits'

The cycling term 'power splits' originated in the early 1980s in the United States. It was initially used to refer to the practice of cyclists pushing themselves to the limit in order to gain an advantage in competitive races. The term was derived from the idea of 'splitting' the race into two distinct sections - an initial sprint to gain an advantage and then a second portion of the race where cyclists would push themselves to the limit in order to maintain the advantage.

The term was popularized in the mid-1980s by cycling teams that had adopted the practice of pushing themselves to the limit in order to gain an advantage in races. The practice of power splits quickly gained traction and was adopted by many professional cyclists and cycling teams around the world.

Today, the term 'power splits' is used to refer to the practice of pushing oneself to the limit in order to gain an advantage in competitive races. It is still widely used by professional cyclists and cycling teams around the world.

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