Does Power To Weight Ratio Really Matter?

Published on October 10th 2018


Cycling performance is often assumed to be a very simple equation - your power to weight ratio. Train your FTP and stop snacking, easy! Emma presents her case for why she believes power to weight is overemphasised. Shop GCN Winter Kit: Pre-Order Your Casual Winter Jackets Now! Subscribe to GCN: Register your interest in the GCN Club: Subscribe to GCN en Español: Submit your content with our new uploader: Join our Facebook community: Flat vs climb. Weight only matters on hills or when accelerating. There are far more factors than just weight which count on a climb. Wind resistance - faster makes more difference. So gradual climbs, weight is definitely not the only factor. Drafting and position! Ok so drag is a much smaller decelerating factor when a climb is steep - but it does still matter. The steeper the climb, the less it matters. Downhill, weight can in fact help on a downhill. The weight of bike and kit as proportion - total system weight makes a big difference. Emma's bike might even sneak under the 6.8kg UCI rule! Psychology, mental strength is arguably one of the most important things in cycling. Think yourself faster! If you enjoyed this video, make sure to give it a thumbs up and share it with your friends. 👍 If you'd like to contribute captions and video info in your language, here's the link - Watch more on GCN... Boost Your Cycling Power 📹 Music: Epidemic Sound Getting Tipsy 2 - Martin Landh Getting Tipsy 3 - Martin Landh It's Not Love (Instrumental Version) - Martin Carlberg Lazy Picking 3 - Jonas Elander Roughness 1 - Anders Bothén Roughness 2 - Anders Bothén Photos: © Velo Collection (TDW) / Getty Images & © Bettiniphoto /