Technical innovations are either accepted or rejected regardless of their validity. Many very promising technology innovations remain usually untried based on the circumstances of the commonly used. Only a small group of users, typically looking for different alternatives, are willing to consider innovative techniques and processes. And if all the planets align, eventually, the rarely accepted innovation becomes the new accepted way of performing a process or action. History is filled with those stories. A great example is the total disregard in the middle of the Cold War by the Russians, of Russian physicist Pyotr Ufimtsev’s paper on the reflection of electromagnetic waves. This paper, when discovered by an engineer of Lockheed Skunk Works, led to the development of the F-117 US Stealth Fighter. The Russians would have been years ahead of the US in the development of Stealth technology had they paid attention to the Ufimtsev paper and kept it secret.
In regards to innovations, I indeed have been blessed. The acceptance in the late 1980’s by the US Air Force of my Advanced Data Display System innovation, which was the first instance of use of Personal Computers to track and display realtime flight data was awesome. Regardless of the fact that for years nobody knew about it, I had the joy of knowing that this innovation was important for the defense of my country. The very public and award winning acceptance in the mid 1990’s of my Digital Color Parametric PC Boards Inspection System was another. I had other innovations that stayed in the dark and I do hope that LPP is not one of them. However, it is truly up to you, the reader of these words and cyclist, to open your mind to Its possibilities. Go over the LPP basic information, and if you want to, dig into the LPP technical paper provided in this website. Give LPP an honest try and in doing so, join other cyclists that realized that this method does work and have changed for the best the way they ride! I will continue spreading the word!
LPP is a US Domestic Mountain Bike Pro tested method. The following is a summary of the Pro LPP tests findings:
Summary of LPP Pro Tests Findings
Test Track Terrain Profile
Test Pro Physical Statistics
LPP Tests Performance Data
BFR T1 and T2 were Baseline Speed Tests Without LPP Intervention
For more detailed information of the tests please go to the LPP Test Results (https://lppedaling.com/lpp-test-results/) page.
My most sincere gratitude to Velonews, Triathlete and Road Bike Action Magazines for their excellent promotional treatment of our Lift Propulsive Pedaling Ads and a massive thumbs up to Road Bike Action Magazine for going the extra mile to feature LPP prominently in their 2020 Tour De France Website!!!
A game changing innovation sooner or later requires a very strong validation. In 2014, Lift Propulsive Pedaling was at the core of an impressive full Iron Man triathlon performance. This Website is dedicated to Tyler Johns and his cycling feat in what was considered to be a very tough US Iron Man triathlon course.
Performance Summary: In June 29 of 2014, after some intense training which included learning and adapting to LPP in my indoor cycling classes at 24 Hour Fitness in San Diego, Tyler Johns went to Cour’de Alene, Idaho to participate in this grueling Iron Man.
With over 5,000 feet of climbing across the 112 miles cycling stage, this test demanded a razor sharp and highly efficient cycling performance to set up a successful marathon stage. Getting out of the water in the 1,167th position with a 2.4 miles swim time of 1 hours 22 minutes and 51 seconds, Tyler started his cycling stage.
Riding the 112 mile course at an average speed of 20 miles per hour in a time of 5 hours 38 minutes and 41 seconds, he notched the 161st fastest cycling time out of 2,124 participants. During that performance he dropped over 900 competitors and finished in the mid 200th position overall. After running the marathon in a time of 4 hours 31 minutes and 26 seconds, he placed 361st out of the 2,124 competitors with an overall time of 11 hours 45 minutes and 49 seconds. A truly remarkable feat for his first triathlon.
I’m an engineering high technology innovator. I also love cycling and have taught LPP to hundreds of cyclists through 8 years as a fully certified indoor cycling instructor/coach. Previous to that, during February of 2012, while trying to figure out a better way to pedal in my time trial races, I decided to try a variation of the Pro pedaling technique by solely lifting my legs. My preliminary attempts showed promise so using my high tech systems engineering skills, I immersed myself to truly understand and fully optimize this pure lifting process. I purposely treated it as another opportunity to innovate, yet this time, in a sport I really loved! By the end of 2012, my efforts to understand and take advantage of the physics of LPP, paired with plenty of “on the road lab work” provided a technique with which I could compete and teach. I named it Lift Propulsive Pedaling (LPP) and started teaching it in my “cycling specific” indoor classes. To provide all interested technical and professional cycling individuals and entities a clear and technically sound basis of the merits of the pedal lifting process and the LPP technique, in summer of 2021 I finished the 11 page technical mentioned above. Based on the compilation of that effort combined with all the years of development and use of the lifting process, my final conclusion is that whereas off the saddle, the most effective way to produce optimal pedaling power is by using a combination of lifting and pushing down on the pedals with an emphasis on the lifting, the optimal way of producing pedaling power on the saddle is via the pure lifting of the pedals process. There really is no better way to minimize or eliminate the negative torque values that impedes efficiency while pedaling on the saddle.
Since my original drive for developing LPP was to improve my time trial racing, all the science was focussed on optimizing this easier to use, high performance pedaling technique for racing. Later on I realized that a properly applied LPP on-the-saddle tecan also successfully be used for endurance and touring cycling. You can learn more about my engineering and sports background by visiting the LPP Developer (https://lppedaling.com/lpp-developers-info/) page.
Because of its intended use and in order to provide validation data in support of the technical paper, LPP underwent performance testing. This was done via a challenging 20 mile track, a Pro racing bike and a Pro cyclist.
To that effect and as a worst case scenario, our test track was the road, with all the vagaries and nuances of terrain, weather, traffic and other variables it had to offer. The Performance LPP tests platform was a 2012 Trek Madone 6.9 SSL Pro racing road bike fully optimized for LPP testing. Details about its make-up are provided in our LPP Test Bike (https://lppedaling.com/test-bike-stats/) page. Pro level components, including a Shimano Dura- Ace Di2 electronic shifting systems, were used in order to minimize or eliminate any possible degree of ambiguous or degraded performance.
The Swiss born, US Pro Mountain Biker Stephane Roch, volunteered to provide the Performance LPP data. Stephane was a good choice because Pro Mountain Biking demands high power generation efforts based on a variety constantly changing normal to extreme terrain conditions. Therefore, even though LPP was tested under a Road cycling scenario, it was tested by a Pro that is forced to take pedaling to its extremes many times during a race.
After extensive testing Stephane became a proponent of the Performance LPP variant within the operating limits established for the technique. At his choice, he can use Performance LPP to rest his quads and revert to his Pro technique whenever he desires. He knows that Performance LPP cannot produce massive on demand power, but it can certainly produce efficiently the average race power he needs, so he takes advantage of that. More information on Stephane, his experience, his statistics as well as links to his personal Racing Blog is found in the LPP Pro Rider (https://lppedaling.com/basic-test-elements-and-considerations/) page.
Finally, you can learn how to do LPP correctly by joining our http://www.lpptraining.com site. In it, you will get the necessary information to properly execute either mode of the LPP technique and adapt to it. You will also learn how to set up your bike and cleats for LPP as well as how to apply it to different terrain condition. As a member you can also reach out to me for any LPP questions because I’m indeed your personal LPP coach at no additional cost. We can do this via email or scheduled voice or Zoom coaching session. You will also benefit from the written coaching sessions that I also provide at different times in the blog section of the membership website. Become a member of http://www.lpptraining.com and change the way you ride!
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