Key to Winning Tour de France? 500,000 Pedal Revolutions

This year’s Tour de France is drawing to a close this Sunday as today marks the 19th stage of the epic 2,200 mile, 21 stage race. Running over a variety of flat, hilly, mountainous and high altitude terrain, the Tour is considered one of the most prestigious endurance events in the world, the equivalent of running a marathon every day for a month.

Cannondale-Garmin attack on stage five of the 2015 Tour de France
Cannondale-Garmin attack on stage five of the 2015 Tour de France

Yet for all the money spent on high performance bikes (which might cost more than your car), amateur riders and spectators might not consider the importance of the simple act of pedaling efficiently.

It’s something the pros know all too well. Considering the average pedal rate, or cadence, of a professional cyclist is around 90-100 revolutions and the Tour takes around 85 hours to complete, the historic event involves roughly 500,000 crank revolutions. Seen in this way, it’s half a million steps to victory.

Given this raw math, the pros spend hours refining their pedalling technique for maximum efficiency. They know small improvements in this simple act will produce more wattage per stroke and be multiplied by half a million revolutions in the end.

Wasting motion can mean the difference between victory and defeat and consequently it’s important that the leg and foot are aligned in the pedaling motion. ALINE’s patented lower leg alignment products allow cyclists to move their feet the way nature intended for improved balance, control and power transfer. By balancing the foot within the cycling shoe, ALINE products mean improved efficiency, less fatigue and injuries.

ALINE has been producing insoles for professional cyclists for the past ten years now and we’re happy to assist cyclists and triathletes in their pursuit of victory. Contact us if you are interested in how ALINE can help improve your cycling.

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