Rick wrote:Now we are starting to get at my question:
Is higher cadence merely a byproduct of superior fitness, or should one train at higher cadence to gain superior fitness ?
Or stated another way: If one has attained superior fitness, then do they generally producer max power at higher cadence, or can one be in peak fitness but still just naturally produce max power at low RPM ?
Should one attempt to increase cadence as an end-in-itself, or is cadence always just a secondary parameter to where max power is achieved ?
You're asking two different questions, which lead me back to my initial reply.
In my experience, both my own and around those I race with, as levels increased so did the cadences. I think it's a by product of the generalisation of 'superior fitness' in addition to genetics and coaching. Look at the cadence the top sprinters and climbers hit when attacking, they are a lot higher than an average club racer.
TT's, a little different (as stated), as anything over 100 and a lot seem to struggle to really stay 'over' the gear. I'm in the 90's in at lot of my TT's, but that's not a conscious thing. I just pick a gear that allows me to push the highest power I can. I have a glance later at cadence and see what it's at. It's not a defining parameter.
An uphill TT recently I had an average of 85, again that was just what I needed to push to hold the speed and RPE I wanted (as I didn't have my SRM ).