It is not uncommon to have a change in goals. For example, we often see riders who have enjoyed taking part in 300km mass-participation events, such as Vätternrundan, and now what to compete in circuit races or road races which are of a much shorter duration. Conversely, many triathletes often test the waters with a Sprint or Olympic distance triathlon but then quickly want to progress to a full Ironman (or more!). With the shorter events speed is paramount and often a more aggressive position will be advantageous. However, for longer events the sustainability and comfort of the position will be of higher priority. For many cyclists / triathletes their optimal position for the shorter events will not be maintainable for longer durations and will need to be adapted accordingly. The sustainability of a rider’s position can be assessed using off-the-bike biomechanical assessments, Leomo motion analysis software or pressure mapping.
A change in strength, flexibility or movement co-ordination
Strength, flexibility and movement co-ordination are all factors that have a profound impact upon a bike fit and ultimately your bike position. For example, riders who are not very flexible in their hamstrings will often require a lower saddle height, relative to riders who are more flexible. On a similar vein, riders with more core strength and greater movement co-ordination (or proprioceptive awareness) will often be able to maintain a more aggressive, long and low position. The great news about these factors is that they can be improved through training, both on- and off-the-bike. At PFP you will always be given a set of targeted exercises to help you improve any weaknesses you have in these areas. If you have done the work, it may be time for a new fit and a more aggressive position!