Last week, a new research article was published that once again pointed to the importance of the Aerobar Edge was published last week in the European Journal of Sport Science. The study demonstrated, not surprisingly, that while individuals could maintain performance very short term (3 minutes) in the aero position, performance quickly dropped off in terms of critical power, heart rate, and cadence in aero. The full article can be found here: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17461391.2018.1495768?scroll=top&needAccess=true&journalCode=tejs20#.W0nZumqwhek.twitter
The Aerobar Edge was designed based on this exact premise. Most triathletes and time trialists make assumptions about the quality of their aero training and performance that are made in a vacuum. Now, for the first time, individual riders can monitor - and thus improve - their aero performance. This study is a valuable next step in demonstrating the critical need for the Aerobar Edge. While we were not involved in the study in any way (we just discovered it ourselves), we are grateful to the authors for bringing this finding forward.
Here's the abstract from the article:
Body position is known to alter power production and affect cycling performance. The aim of this study was to compare mechanical power output in two riding positions, and to calculate the effects on critical power (CP) and W′ estimates. Seven trained cyclists completed three peak power output efforts and three fixed-duration trial (3-, 5- and 12-min) riding with their hands on the brake lever hoods (BLH), or in a time trial position (TTP). A repeated-measures analysis of variance showed that mean power output during the 5-min trial was significantly different between BLH and TTP positions, resulting in a significantly lower estimate of CP, but not W′, for the TTP trial. In addition, TTP decreased the performance during each trial and increased the percentage difference between BLH and TTP with greater trial duration. There were no differences in pedal cadence or heart rate during the 3-min trial; however, TTP results for the 12-min trial showed a significant fall in pedal cadence and a significant rise in heart rate. The findings suggest that cycling position affects power output and influences consequent CP values. Therefore, cyclists and coaches should consider the cycling position used when calculating CP.