Rory Mcllroy, the next great cyclist?

I don’t know anything about what these number means from peloton but looks like Rory is a massive user and can generate a ton of power on the bike. Can anyone translate what an average watts of 354 for 45 minutes would mean for his ftp?

(He weighs about 73kgs)

Source:
https://www.golfdigest.com/story/players-2020-rory-mcilroy-is-an-extremely-good-peloton-cyclist-a-monster-on-the-bike

Isn’t there people on trainer road with higher ftp?

Yes of course. But pretty good to the worlds #1 golfer. Just interesting is all.

Not sure what you can do with those numbers as it’s my understand that Peloton states that their bikes are calibrated at the factory and are within 10%. Peloton also doesn’t have a true power meter (strain gauge) rather, they interpolate power using cadence and resistance measurements (virtual power).

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I’m more curious as to how you burn over 1300cal with less than 1000kJ of work? :man_shrugging:

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And I’m even more curious as to how you can cover 20 miles on an indoor bike

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My understanding is that Peloton bikes are pretty far off in terms of power, but it does stand to reason that an elite athlete would be really good at other sports as well.

I’m sure he’d be riding closer to the pros than most of us on the forum.

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Indeed, I once knew a decent kickboxer who never used a bike, one day he decided to do a 20 minute test ‘just to see if he was any good’ and hit a figure that translated to ~4.5w/kg without any previous cycling experience (other than riding a hybrid to the shops occasionally) :hot_face:

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If you’re the one controlling the resistance, that’s a real power measurement.

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Didn’t realize it was a golfer. Thought it must be a pro cyclist

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354 could well be his FTP, because FTP isn’t the same thing as one hour power, and you can’t necessarily hold your FTP for an hour. :slight_smile:

Caveats on the device used etc as per the other posters.

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I have a peloton at work it’s numbers are way off my power meter and trainer. My FTP is 241 and I’ve done easy workout on the Peloton at 300W. I’m sure he’s absurdly strong but the power meters on those bikes aren’t accurate at all

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Golf though…

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:grinning:

I’m sure if you google “is golf really a sport” you’ll find some really animated forum threads from about ten years ago.

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I can’t possibly imagine a real debate taking place. Of COURSE golf is NOT a sport :roll_eyes:

If you can be drink and smoke WHILE playing, it’s not a sport. It’s a bar game. Golf is billiards with trees.

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Did anyone read the article? He specifically mentions that he thinks the bike is ‘juiced,’ and gives a higher number than his home bike. They’re not using real power meters, just a calculation, and they can fall out of calibration pretty hard.

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Heh, my DAD is a boomer :slight_smile:

I’m aware that pro golfers are not fat anymore. Doesn’t make it a sport! :joy:

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ok boomer. It’s clear you haven’t watched golf in 15 years. Maybe sit this one out.

A good walk, ruined

as somebody wittier than I once said :stuck_out_tongue:

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Right … the article goes on to say “… Rory is indeed a “monster on the bike” who routinely puts up huge numbers. In fact, screenshots indicate that he’s regularly in the mid-700s on a 45-minute ride, which is massive.”
If you take ‘mid-700s’ as 750kJ, that’s an average of 278W for the 45min. Pretty good, but not “massive” ?

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