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Author(s) Dahmen, T.
Title A 4-parameter critical power model for optimal pacing strategies in road cycling
Abstract Minimum-time pacing strategies in road cycling may be computed as solutions of optimal control problems. Both a mechanical model for road cycling power and speed and a physiological endurance model, that quantifies the energy resources and power limits of an athlete, are involved. This contribution introduces a 4-parameter critical power model that arises from a combination of the 3-parameter critical power model (3PCPM), (4), and an exertion model developed by Gordon (2). It has the form of a constrained dynamical system and is designed for the computation of minimum-time pacing strategies.
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