brycer wrote:Leaving theory and sponsorship aside it occurs to me that power measurement is the gold standard being used at Pro Tour level to measure performance.
Interesting comment. Why is it the gold standard? Bear with me a second and compare the average speed of the winner of the TDF for the last 25 or so years.
In 1981 the winning average was 38.96 km/hr, the 2007 race was won with an average of 38.98km/hr and improvement of 0.02 km/hr.
Over those years the average speed has been as high as 41.65 and as low as 35.88. (
Information source (to appease) [url=www.bikeraceinfo.com/tdf/tdfstats.html]and partly published in The Story of the Tour De France (Paperback)
by Bill McGann (Author), Carol McGann (Author) )[/url]
So what I'm saying is, are power meters the gold standard, if the average speed has only increased by so little. When you consider the other advances in the world of cycling science, wind tunnels, carbon fibre, clothing material technology and sports medicine, does this make much of a difference?