Qualitative Video Analysis of Track Vcycling Team Pursuit in World-Class Athletes

Sigrist, Samuel; Maier, Thomas; Faiss, Raphael (2017). Qualitative Video Analysis of Track Vcycling Team Pursuit in World-Class Athletes International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 12(10), pp. 1305-1309. Human Kinetics 10.1123/ijspp.2016-0596

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Track cycling team pursuit (TP) is a highly technical effort involving 4 athletes completing 4 km from a standing start often in less than 240 s. Transitions between athletes leading the team are obviously of utmost importance. The aim of this study is to perform qualitative video analyses of transitions of world-class athletes in team pursuit competitions.; Videos captured at 100 Hz were recorded for 77 races (including 96 different athletes) in 5 international track cycling competitions (e.g., UCI World Cups and World Championships) and analysed for the 12 best teams in the UCI Track Cycling TP Olympic ranking. 1013 transitions during TP were evaluated individually to extract quantitative (e.g., average lead time, transition number, length, duration, height in the curve) and qualitative (quality of transition start, quality of return at the back of the team, distance between third and returning rider score) variables. Determination of correlation coefficients between extracted variables and end time allowed to assess relationships between variables and relevance of the video analyses.; Overall quality of transitions and end time were significantly correlated (r =0.35, p=0.002). Similarly, transition distance (r= 0.26, p=0.02) and duration (r =0.35, p=0.002) were positively correlated with end time. Conversely, no relationship was observed between transition number, average lead time or height reached in the curve and end time.; Video analysis of team pursuit races highlights the importance of quality transitions between riders with preferably swift and short relays rather than longer lead times for faster race times.

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Swiss Federal Institute of Sports Magglingen SFISM > EHSM - Leistungssport > Sportphysiologie Ausdauer


Sigrist, Samuel;
Maier, Thomas and
Faiss, Raphael


1555-0265 (Print) 1555-0273 (Online)


Human Kinetics




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14 Dec 2020 08:30

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Cycling Performance Team pursuit Track Video analysis



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