Microsoft Band 2 Blog: Stage 8

Stage 8 presented by Lexus – Sunday, May 22, 2016
By: Ryan Ung


Race Week Stats for David Lozano of Team Novo Nordisk

  • Distance: 782 miles
  • Average Distance per Day: 97 miles
  • Max Speed: 64.9 mph on Stage 7 (just below the California highway speed limit of 65 mph!)
  • Total Ride Duration: 33 hours 2 minutes
  • UV Exposure: 17 hours 25 minutes
  • Total Gain: 61,019 feet
  • Calories burned riding: 24,114 cal

Throughout the week we tracked biometrics of the following riders, with a few others wearing the band for only a few days.

  • Will Barta – Axeon Hagens Berman
  • Travis McCabe – Holowesko | Citadel presented by Hincapie Sportswear
  • David Lozano – Team Novo Nordisk
  • Chris Putt – Jelly Belly Pro Cycling
  • Tanner Putt – UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
  • Jesse Anthony – Rally Cycling

Stage 8 was the shortest and easiest day of the week with only 86 miles of flat roads in Sacramento. After 700 miles and 7 continuous days of racing, the peloton was full of tired bodies. With the exception of top sprinters, most riders were content with just riding in the pack, but Chris Putt’s heart rate data below shows it’s more than a walk in the park just to stay with the pack.

Chris Putt Heart RateHeart rate on Stage 8 for Chris Putt of Jelly Belly Pro Cycling

For the first 60 miles Putt’s heart rate fluctuates between moderate and hard to match the surges in the peloton’s pace. In the final 26 miles of racing the pace was hard and his heart rate never dropped below the hard range. With a breakaway off the front and three 2-mile downtown circuits on the course, the peloton rode at a furiously high pace over the final hour of racing. Teams such as Katusha and Dimension Data rode at the front of the race to setup their sprinters Kristoff and Cavendish for a potential sprint victory – Cavendish ended up taking the win over the previous day’s winner, Kristoff.

In an unofficial post-race survey of the riders, most were interested in continuing to track their sleep patterns over the course of the season. With most thought given to training volume and intensity, the Microsoft Band 2 offers a unique way to quantify recovery by tracking sleep. Analyzing resting heart rate, especially during sleep, can let a rider know if he is fatigued.

David Lozano’s sleepHeart rate during sleep after Stage 7 for David Lozano of Team Novo Nordisk