14 July 2010

Male cyclists needed

The UCT/MRC Research Unit is doing a study to determine whether there are changes in performance in cyclists when wearing three different technically developed vests.

Cyclists required for a research project conducted at the UCT/MRC Exercise Science and Sports Medicine Research Unit.

  • between the ages of 18 and 45 years;
  • who are training between eight to ten hours per week, with an Argus Cycle Tour 2010 performance  time of at  least 3h15;
  • who are, if possible, familiar with laboratory testing procedures; and
  • who must preferably be available both during the week and on the weekend.

Cyclists are required to visit the laboratory on five separate occasions for:   

  • preliminary analysis to determine peak oxygen consumption, peak power output, and maximum heart rate, as well as anthropometric measurements;
  • one 40 km familiarization time-trial; and
  • three self-paced, maximal 40 km time-trials, separated by a minimum of two, and a maximum of seven days - all time-trials will be performed in an environmental chamber under warm (32oC) and humid (65% relative humidity) conditions, with the wind speed set at 35 km/hr.

  • a comprehensive report of their anthropometric assessments, useful performance parameters and performance data collected during the time-trials;
  • financial compensation for their time on completion of ALL time-trials; and
  • an opportunity to train indoors during winter!


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