What is the Race Analytics Tool and how do I use it?

The Race Analytics Tool lets athletes and coaches upload ride files and analyze their performance. From this data we can help refine the model settings of the athlete for future race planing. We have combined several of our former features into this new section to provide a more comprehensive view into race day performance. Race Analytics will currently estimate aerodynamic drag factors and allow athletes to update their settings, highlight Variability Index tendencies over time, provide zoomable standard metric calculations and give insight into performance factors by gradient breakdown.

race analytics page

The tool uses a similar setup to BBS race plans so we do require some knowledge of the course to help refine the drag estimates. To start analyzing ride data follow these steps:

    1. Using the drop down menus select the bike used, road conditions and the terrain
      • Make sure the bike profile selected is set up to the same specs (especially fully loaded weight) as that of your actual ride
    2. Optionally select whether to use corrected elevation
      • Defaults to non-corrected elevation data
    3. Choose to use historical weather from DarkSky or input your own known conditions
      • Typically DarkSky has very good historical weather but in some places like Australia the wind data has not been great so the option is there for manual input
      • When using manual pressure make sure it's adjusted to sea level equivalent standard
    4. Select a ride file that has at a minimum latitude, longitude, speed and power
      • If you are using a file from a Velodrome you can select Velodrome for course terrain and latitude and longitude data will not be required.
    5. Click the Analyze Ride button
    6. Review the data
    7. Update your bike's CdA values
      • If the data looks accurate you can apply the Estimated CdA values to your specific BBS bike setup by clicking the "Update Current" button under Estimated Data Comparison for one or both of the racing CdA and Climbing/Relaxed CdA values.

Note: If data seems inconsistent please see our case study on the Aero Analyzer.

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