Science of Cycling
Applying physics, biology, and kinaestetics to cycling.


Earlier today I was explaining to my roommate the physics of why a heavier person is at a disadvantage cycling up a hill but has an advantage on the downhill slope. After twenty minutes of explaining the various factors, she remarked on the lack of information in this area and the rampant misinformation. We decided that a YouTube channel devoted to explaining the science of cycling would be hugely beneficial to the racing community.

Prior Art

Work Log

20 Feb 2019

  • Established this page and began research into topics
  • cycling - Google Trends
    • lots of queries about nutrition and attire (keto and women tags specifically)


  • news updates
    • race results
    • journal article summaries
  • myths
  • instructional
  • interviews
  • questions
  • corrections
  • companion website for more detailed information and citations
    • infographic or explorable map of bicycle parts
    • tool names and commonly used tooling
    • positions
  • cycling and the community
  • explanations of some key biomarkers in cycling training/testing
    • VO2max, FTP, lactate threshold, etc.
  • grading systems


Faria, Erik W., Daryl L. Parker, and Irvin E. Faria. 2005. “The Science of Cycling.” Sports Medicine 35 (4): 285–312.

The Physiological Society. 2016. “Science of Cycling: How to Be an Elite Cyclist.”