Power and cyclocross

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dwilson
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by dwilson

I wonder if racing with power is extremely useful. I currently have a wired powertap system on clincher wheels. I am currently trying to upgrade (in the process of getting a quarq) and wonder how useful the race data is. I am looking forward to cyclocross and wonder about using it for that. I think it would be useful for my road races/crits to know when I'm overworking myself or when I could push harder and make a move. Is using power during a race extremely helpful? I typically use my race wheels for shorter races, but use the powertap for longer road races. I will be riding/racing on tubulars for cyclocross and therefore can't use the powertap.

Thoughts, ideas, input? Thanks!

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gumdad
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by gumdad

I have found power data from my cross races nice to analyze, but as far as using it for "pacing" during cross races, I think it's pretty useless since the races have so many short bursts and micro accelerations. I have recorded data during weeknight "training" cross races, but I actually put the unit in my pocket so I couldn't see it. When racing, I figure if I can possibly go harder, then I will. You'll get a feel of just how hard you can go for an hour, and when it's best to lay down your hardest efforts.

markrhino
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by markrhino

i'd be interested to hear about the power outputs during Cx compared to normal road riding?

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