Despite the Corona virus pandemic, the cycling eSports season has started to wind down as teams and riders take a well earned break from an extended start to the year. For us, this was the perfect time to partner with Diagnose Berlin and to put the riders through some strenuous tests, newly developed by Inscyd that can be performed remotely. For a team that is spread out across the world, this was the perfect solution and undoubtedly will become the standard for our discipline.
The results that we got backed proved to be really interesting and supported our hypothesis that it’s not that our riders know how to ride Zwift better than say, a World Tour pro but that their bodies are also better adapted to these sorts of efforts. We caught up Raphael Jung, founder of Diagnose Berlin to chat about the findings and what this means for the team and riders.
Firstly, Raphael, can you just give a quick overview of the tests that the riders had to do and why the testing is done in this way:
This new test is perfect for a team like ours that is not based in one location. How does the Inscyd testing compare to going to a lab in person?
What did you discover through this testing and how do our rider’s results compare to what you might typically see for a Pro on the road?
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Was there anything in particular that surprised you?
Now that the riders have a complete overview of their metabolic profile - what is the best way to utilise this data in your opinion?
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Now that the riders have this depth of knowledge and data surrounding their abilities, it’s worth finding out from a few of them what they thought of the tests, the data and how they are actively using the information:
eRacing does have an issue with legitimacy and transparency - which is more of a growing pain than anything more sinister. A large chuck of responsibility lies with the racing platforms such as Zwift who need to do more to support riders and teams. But it is also incumbent on teams like ours to go above and beyond to to try to minimise any margins for error and have as much data as possible to back up our rider’s performances. We already have a [Transparency code](https://canyonzcc.com/transparency) which specifies that our riders will all dual-record using their Infocrank powermeter and Kickr trainer, as well as undergoing all tests required by ZADA. We believe that the metabolic profiles of riders and the findings behind them gives us another layer of data to show that our performances are legitimate. Hopefully more teams will considering following suit and it can become more off a norm over time.