What is Cycling Performance Lab? My (Steve) inspiration is to provide high quality services and research to enhance performance for cyclists. Primary services include 1) cyclist positioning 2) pedal stroke efficiency 3) crank length optimization 4) aerodynamic optimization and 5) winter indoor cycling training. Current research interests 1) pedal stroke efficiency and performance 2) crank length impact on performance and 3) crank length impact on bike design and geometry.
Why call it the Cycling Performance Lab? Simple. I take a scientific/engineering approach to performance on the bike. The Lab is equipped with 1) a 3D imaging system to measure every body angle dynamically, 2) two powermeter systems which measure the efficiency of the pedal stroke and 3) a fitbike which duplicates any bike thereby allowing dynamic adjustment of all bike parameters including seat angle, saddle type, stem length and angle, etc. However, finding a performance position is a unique, customized endeavor for each client, not ruled by equations and science only. This synergism of body and machine requires a collaborative effort between cyclist and myself. These tools promote the collaborative effort.
Who is Steve Auchterlonie? Simple. A guy who loves participating in all types of cycling, obsessed with the science of the sport, and derives great satisfaction in helping others achieve their cycling goals.
Final thought? Here is what I’ve learned working with cyclists. There is no magical bike position which makes an average rider good, or a good rider great. That takes talent, dedication and hard work. However, a bad position will reduce a great rider to good and a good rider to average.