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Discover Your Rider Type with this Tour De France Playlist

Discover Your Rider Type with this Tour De France Playlist

by: Dru Ryan
Sunday, August 12, 2018 - 7:15pm

Photo credit I. Hall

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As the Tour de France ends, this playlist pays homage to three categories of riders -- the time trialist, the puncheur and the sprinter. Following the South African house track “Clap Your Hands,” playlist contains a three song circuit -- one time trial, one interval, and one sprint song. With a recovery before starting the cycle again.

Before you press play, a little background on each type of rider:

The time-trialist is expert at maintaining a hard steady pace over long distances. In the last 5 miles of the race, time trialists often attack. WIthout assistance, they can hold off a group of riders. Dutch rider Tom Dumoulon, the current world time trial champion, is always a threat in the grand tours.

The puncheur is not a pure sprinter or climber, but capable of performing very well in each. Occasionally, a stage profile may have a long sprint or short, steep climb. The puncheur (or puncher) performs well in those brief stints -- i.e. throwing a punch. Team QuickStep rider Phillipe Gilbert is considered one of the best puncheur’s in the world.

Sprinters are the Ferrari’s of cycling. Their teams work the whole race to give them a chance to win sprint finish. Missing is all of the work sprinters do to stay with the peloton, especially when big climbs are part of the profile. Professional riders can generate up to 10 times their body weight in watts on a sprint.

Coryn RIvera, is one of the best sprinters in the world. She put off a pro cycling career to finish college. After landing a professional contract with Team SunWeb, she soon won one the most important one day races of the year. Her smaller figure allows her to ride behind other riders and dart out for race victories.

So now you have some exemplars, load this playlist, and find who you are on a bike.

About the Author

Dru Ryan is a daily bike commuter, indoor cycling coach (EquinoxCrunch, Mint DC) and road cyclist who averages 200 miles a week. Follow Dru on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook or visit his website