All are familiar with Nobel prizes, given for, among other things, outstanding scientific achievement.
This got me pondering. If there was a “Cycling Sports Science” Nobel prize what breakthrough would be worthy of winning it.?
The problem is that I really can’t think of anything, at least recently, that would qualify. So any suggestions?
- It has to be something from recent history. Say the last 5 years, 10 at a stretch.
- It has to be about improving the athlete. There have been lots of advances to bikes and equipment but these are just about the practical application of knowledge from other fields like materials management and fluid dynamics.
- It has to have some sort of universal recognition. So “advances” that require you to be using a specific software product by definition do not qualify since if they were really that good we would all have purchased and be running it.
So as examples
- FTP would qualify except that it has been around too long
- mFTP would not qualify as no-one outside WKO uses it
- Polarised training would not qualify as it has been around too long and also because, while everyone agrees you need to vary training intensity, as a specific protocol it is not in widespread use.
- The discovery that surprise surprise if a tyre feels more comfortable riding over rough surfaces is may actually be faster does not qualify since it’s basic physics.