If there was ever a professional race in which both the use of brakes and the use of the pedals became apparent a cycling sport, this was it:
I remember watching that race with some serious excitement–we had already looked at the performance benefits of coasting down hills and was well underway with the brake power meter…and this race made it all clear for everyone.
This race run showed that you could beat the best in the world by braking smarter, and it turns out that you can brake smarter by riding fresher. We didn’t need to see his pedaling power that day (he didn’t pedal!), but soon we will be able to see how the best riders in the world brake. This is so exciting!