Fans love to watch the top professionals go head-to-head. Whether it’s at cycling’s biggest event – the Tour de France, or in Kona at the Ironman Triathlon World Championships.
In recent years, sites such as Training Peaks have provided us (the fans) with insights into the power data of our idols. And, as the price, availability and reliability of power meters has improved, many coaches and athletes have gravitated towards power as a tool to measure performance, often sacrificing technique and speed in the pursuit of it.
But power isn’t everything. And if you’ve got speed on your side, you’ll be a faster cyclist. In fact, I’m willing to bet money on it…
SPEED BEATS POWER. Every, single time.
Many don’t share my view in the speed vs power debate. I ran a survey on my Facebook page last week and over twice as many people nominated power (59 votes) over speed (26 votes).
Here’s my opinion on why you should put the lid on your thirst for power: