is there a well-documented/measured route like the one described in this article located anywhere in the chicagoland area?
...or somewhere in/near milwaukee...
would be interesting to see where i stack up in the cycling universe with various bikes.
I don't think there's anything like that but you'd have to find perfect conditions (i.e. absolutely no wind, nothing on the course to slow or stop you) to use a road course to get your power output. You could use heart rate measurements to get a rough idea of how you stack up or you could go to one of the places in town (e.g. get a grip, athletico, uiuc) to get a LT/VO2 max test. It's a bit pricy though. Of course, you could always jump in and race in a crit, it'll cost you around 20-30 and you'll see how you stack up with the local competition which is probably a better measure than seeing how well you can do against pros that may or may not be doped to within an inch of their lives.
Come to Vision Quest, And we can test you at our chicago or Highland Park Facility. We do a 20 min all out effort. You need something controlled with no variables that can be a true all out effort.
Feel free to contact us-
And how much does VQ charge for that, about $200?
Good question, Robbie Ventura does our Lab testing and its a Performance assessment. Its A to Z -
* bike fit
* pedal stroke analysis
* Blood LT test
* and some of bike components such as core, agility, range of motion assessment. This is the best way to figure out what your LT is.
If you want just a field test, come in and check out one of our "taste of vqs" its $165- heck we have one starting in a week called "the taste of the taste" for $75 bucks. We will test you in the class (field test) but will still give you that same number that your looking for. And, take the 4 other classes as learning how to training certain aerobic systems.
Let me know if you have some other questions- If you ever want to come by and check us out, please feel free to do so.
The reason the River Road climb up to Route 9W works well is because it is a long, steady, gradual climb without cross streets that takes 5, 6, or 7 minutes. Your ability to overcome gravity is an effective representation of your power output, because the power required to do the climb overwhelms the effects of the wind and other day-to-day variables cited by S in his/her reply.
Alas, there are no long, steady, gradual climbs, with or without cross streets, that take 5, 6, or 7 minutes in the Chicago metro area. That's why, in this area, we need a Compu-Trainer or power meter to evaluate our progress.