Sweet Spot

Sweet Spot

SWEE-t spaht

noun

Sweet Spot is the most efficient cadence range in which a cyclist can pedal.

Example usage: 'I found my sweet spot and I can now cycle much faster.'

Most used in: Triathlon and long distance cycling events.

Most used by: Professional cyclists and experienced amateurs.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 2/10

Also see: Power Zone, Optimal Cadence, Sweet Spot Ride, Intensity Sweet Spot,

Understanding the Sweet Spot in Cycling

The sweet spot in cycling is a term used to describe the optimal cadence, or pedaling rate, for a cyclist. Optimal cadence varies between cyclists, but the sweet spot is generally considered to be between 90 and 100 revolutions per minute (RPM). This sweet spot is thought to be the most efficient rate for cyclists to pedal, as it allows for the most power output with the least amount of muscular fatigue.

Statistics show that most cyclists pedal at a cadence of around 80 RPM, which is lower than the sweet spot. While this can still be beneficial for short rides, it can be less efficient for longer rides. Research has shown that cyclists who pedal at the sweet spot can save up to 15% of their energy when compared to those who pedal at a lower rate.

Finding your sweet spot can help you to become a more efficient cyclist. To do this, you should start by increasing your cadence to 90-100 RPM and then adjusting your gear accordingly. This will help you to find the most efficient cadence for your cycling style and will help you to become a better cyclist.

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Where Did the Cycling Term 'Sweet Spot' Come From?

The cycling term 'Sweet Spot' was first used in the early 1990s in the United States. It was derived from the concept of a 'power curve' which is used to describe the relationship between a cyclist's power output and the cadence at which they are pedaling. The 'Sweet Spot' refers to the cadence range that the cyclist can maintain for the longest period of time with the least amount of fatigue.

The term was popularized by the cycling coach Joe Friel in his 1992 book 'The Cyclist's Training Bible'. Friel used the term to describe the cadence range that he believed was the optimal cadence for a cyclist to maintain during a long ride. This range was typically between 90 and 100 revolutions per minute.

Since then, the term 'Sweet Spot' has become a popular way to refer to the cadence range that is most efficient and comfortable for cyclists. It is now widely used by cyclists and coaches alike to refer to the optimal cadence range that a cyclist should aim to maintain during a ride.

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