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What is power to weight in cycling terms? Any experts out there that can spread some light on this PLS

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Power to weight is the amount of power you can output over a particular duration divided by your weight (usually bodyweight).


If you can average 450W for 5min and weigh 75kg, your 5min power to weight ratio is 6W/kg.


When they quote power to weights for pro cyclists, they usually refer to threshold power i.e. the max power they can sustain for 60min.


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Your power to weight ratio is one of the most acturate ways of measuring your increase fitness and performance. Buying a Power Meter - even a Polar CS600 for starters will allow you to monitor your progress with much more accuracy and makes training a lot more focused.

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