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Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports

An official journal of the American Statistical Association

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Volume 9, Issue 2


Volume 1 (2005)

Bicycle tours: modeling the perceived exertion of a daily path

Katherine Carl / Susan A. Brown / Moshe Dror / Alexandra Durcikova
Published Online: 2013-05-27 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jqas-2012-0052


The desire to promote healthier and more environmentally conscious methods of commuting has generated increased interest in professional and recreational bicycling in recent years. One of the most important factors cyclists consider when riding is the amount of exertion they will perceive on a given path. In this paper, we build and test a model of the perceived exertion of different categories of cyclists on a daily path within a long bicycle tour. We first propose an additive formula for calculating the perceived exertion of cyclists on component parts of a tour and then present the results of a survey designed to verify the accuracy of the model. Distance, elevation gain, average percent grade, maximum percent grade, and cyclists’ level of expertise are shown to be significant predictors of perceived exertion (p<0.005). Repeated measures analysis indicated that 109 of the 120 perceived exertion levels produced by our model fit the reported perceived exertion levels of the 242 avid cyclists who participated in the validation survey.

Keywords: exertion; cycling; RPE


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About the article

Corresponding author: Katherine Carl, Management Information Systems, University of Arizona, Eller College of Management, McClelland Hall, Room 430, P.O. Box 210108, Tucson, AZ 85721, USA, Tel.: +520 621 2748, Fax: +520 621 2433

Published Online: 2013-05-27

Published in Print: 2013-06-01

Degrees of global latitude and longitude coordinates are divided into the smaller units of measurement arc-minute and arc-second, where 1°=60 arc-min and 1 arc-minute=60 arc-s. One degree of latitude is approximately 69 miles, 1 min of latitude is approximately 1.15 miles, and 1 s of latitude is approximately 100 feet. One degree of longitude varies in size with distance from the equator. At 1/3 arc-second resolution, we can accurately distinguish elevation between locations on a USA map that are 10 m or slightly more than 32 feet apart.

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Citation Information: Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports, Volume 9, Issue 2, Pages 203–216, ISSN (Online) 1559-0410, ISSN (Print) 2194-6388, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jqas-2012-0052.

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