Ever watched a race and wondered to yourself, "how the hell do those guys climb so fast?" Here at TP, we wanted to know what makes a "joe" different from a "pro." We volunteered our very own CEO, Gear Fisher, to be the "joe," and convinced USA Pro Cycing Challenge (USAPCC) rider Chris Butler to be the, well - pro. The two of them took off on individual training rides up Flagstaff Mountain in Boulder, and then uploaded the data to TP.
Flagstaff Mountain is a 3.2 mile climb at about a 6.5% grade, which amounts to over 1140 feet of elevation gain by the time you reach the top. When reviewing the two files, we can see that Fisher was pushing maximum effort while Butler's effort hovered at about 90%. Butler ended up finishing the climb in 15:06, beating Fisher by just over 10 minutes as he came in at 26:14. Although no one may be surprised that a 24 year-old pro beat our 42 year-old CEO in a climbing challenge, the interesting question we want to answer is why was Butler so much faster than Fisher? Find out in the full article we posted on USAPCC's blog.
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