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Training and Racing with a Power Meter Paperback – January 24, 2006

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: VeloPress (January 24, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931382794
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931382793
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #633,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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97 of 100 people found the following review helpful By James Turner on March 12, 2006
Format: Paperback
If you presently train with a power meter on your bike or are thinking of getting one, this is a must-read book. Authors Hunter Allen and Dr. Andy Coggan are eminently qualified to write this book which is the first full-length book devoted solely to the subject of training (and racing) with an on-bike power meter. Hunter allen is a full time coach of cyclists and triathletes who uses the power meter as a key element in his training approach. Dr. Coggan is renowned as a widely published exercise physiologist and is also an avid master's cyclist.

The authors have presented much of the material in the book at seminars around the country. I attended one of those in 2005 in Sacramento, CA, so I was already familiar with much of the material in the book even before reading it. Also, much of the material has been presented and discussed in the Wattage discussion list on topica ( The beauty of the book is that it collects all this valuable information, and much more, and presents it in a well organized manner in one place.

An early chapter describes each of the four major presently available commercial power meters (SRM, PowerTap, Polar and ergomo). It covers their relative advantages and disadvantages. The same chapter covers the software that is included with each power meter plus other standalone software offerings including CyclingPeaks which was developed by the coauthors along with Kevin Williams. Many examples from the book include screen shots and examples from CyclingPeaks but the ideas they convey are explained in the text so no prior knowledge of CyclingPeaks is necessary. If you are contemplating buying a power meter, this chapter alone is worth the price of the book.
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Cycling Coach on March 6, 2006
Format: Paperback
To understand where I am coming from: I am a licensed cycling coach and serious cyclist. I've been using a bicycle power meter (PowerTap) for years, and training with an indoor power-based trainer for even longer. For full disclosure, I have also met both authors in-person, and I know one of the authors quite well.

I highly recommend this book for any serious cyclist. I gobbled it down once, and I am now on my second reading. I have learned quite a bit on the subject by reading the book, despite my prior experience and training.

I enjoyed and appreciated the book because:

(1) COMPREHENSIVE!! This is perhaps the book's best feature--nothing seems to be missing. Every subject of which I am aware, as it relates to training with a power meter, is in there. Plus, I found information about which I was previously unaware. Joe Friel (renowned cycling coach and author) writes an introduction, and as he said, no other book even compares, at this time, in terms of content.

(2) AUTHORITATIVE. The authors are recognized in cycling circles as two of the most knowledgeable persons in the United States on using a power meter for cycling training. The authors' combination of an experienced cycling coach and former professional cyclist (Allen) and an exercise physiologist / scientist (Coggan) is not available in any other cycling training book, to my knowledge.

(3) EASY TO USE. The chapters are organized logically and, on my second reading, it has been easy to go back to subjects that interest me more than others.

(4) NOT TOO COMPLEX. The authors touch every subject thoroughly and comprehensively, but do so in a way that is not too difficult to understand or grasp.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By D. D. Gabrielson on January 9, 2007
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I am an experienced racer in triathlon and MTB ultra-distance events. This book, coupled with my new power measuring tools and my long-time use of a heart rate monitor, has taken my training to new levels. I am a detail-oriented, technical person, and the book satisfied my need for insights into how and why things are recommended or advocated. I found the advice and techniques to be absolutely useful in helping me improve my knowledge and my performance. I am wasting less time training wrong and getting more back from my sessions in the few months since I began reading this book-- but it will take me years to master the material inside, which tells me that I've got a real reference as opposed to an owner's manual here. If you're going to train with power, don't do it without this book.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Marcelo Iannini on February 8, 2008
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This is a fine book and tells some cool thing about bicycle powermeters. It introduces some usefull concepts, like the normalized power, TSS. You'll understand some capabilities of the limit-less tool called powermeter. It shows how to use an powermeter beyond the ordinary. You'll learn some nice stuff.

But the author doesn't give away their gold. It looks like their real secret - the training sessions - are kept away. They begin to show some exercise sessions for some kind of purpose, but they don't show you a lot. I felt like they were writing an teaser, not the full movie.

They also tell a lot about the Cycling Peaks software, which is good, but not all that great. I prefer to combine the Cycling Peaks with the original SRM or Powertap softwares to get the most juice.

They tried to keep this book from being an big ad and they pretty much accomplished that. I didn't get angry, nor got crazy to go buy their software after reading the book.
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