As far as scientific testing goes downhill mountain bikers aren’t your usual customers and my email is hardly full of requests from downhill riders to get their power levels tested.
So when the discussion came up earlier this year with the guys from Green to Gold race development about testing their physiological characteristics I really had to go back to the drawing board and try and decide what information was going to be valuable to us. With any form of physiological testing the first thing that needs to be done is a task analysis, what is the event? How long does it last? What are the demands? What does it take to win?