Mastering pedalling technique makes you a more effective cyclist, helping you improve your performance. Today, we’re launching our all-new Pedalling Effectiveness Score (PES) on the Wattbike Hub, which - alongside our powerful Polar View feature - will help you completely revolutionise your cycling.
Understanding the importance of pedalling technique
Pedalling technique is often overlooked, with topics like power readings taking the forefront in cafe conversation. But the truth is, mastering pedalling technique can bring about many benefits. Whether you want to improve your FTP score by 10, 20 or 30 watts, improve your ability to climb, or increase your speed whilst putting out the same effort, an optimum pedalling technique can help you get there.
How to analyse your pedalling technique
Our Polar View feature is used by countless cyclists, both amateur and elite, to visualise technique and improve performance. Now, with Pedalling Effectiveness Score, we’ve created a simple score and colour coded sliding scale to show you exactly how close you are to optimum technique.
The Polar View graph of poor technique clearly shows a reduction in effective force during the transition between legs. This will be accompanied by a Pedalling Effectiveness Score between 0 - 60. In the Wattbike Hub, both the Polar View and Pedalling Effectiveness Score graphs are now colour coded, so you can easily see how you’re performing in real time. For a poor technique, expect to see your graph turn red.
The Polar View graph of average technique shows that some effective force is being carried across during the transition between legs. This will be accompanied by a Pedalling Effectiveness Score between 60 - 70. For an average technique, expect to see your graph turn amber.
The Polar View graph of good technique is consistent and shows balance between each leg, maintaining effective force throughout. This will be accompanied by a Pedalling Effectiveness Score between 70-80, with 75 classed as the optimum score. For a good technique, expect to see your graph turn green.
The science behind perfect pedalling
Based on the principles of pedal technique and effectiveness developed by Eddie Fletcher, Wattbike Sport Scientist, the all-new Pedalling Effectiveness Score has been produced in partnership with Dr Barney Wainwright, following in-depth research. To find out more about the science behind pedalling, including a breakdown of the different phases of the pedal stroke and tips on how to improve your score visit our page dedicated to Pedalling Effectiveness Score.