About the study

Eg: Cycling performance is primarily influenced by 2 factors, the ability to maximise power and minimise resistive forces, which is predominately aerodynamic resistance. Theoretically, movement variability will hinder these two factors by negatively impacting how much force is applied to the pedal and potentially increasing a cyclists frontal area. However, there is currently no practical methods to analyse movement variability in training and competition situations. The aims of this study are to determine whether Blue Trident IMUs and VICON Nexus can repeatedly track movement variability and to determine if a difference in variability exists between different cycling skill levels (novice vs. experienced). This study will involve 4 sessions, 1 familirisation, 3 for data collection where females and males will complete a 3 and 4 km ride, respectively.

Eligibility Requirements

Gender: Male & Female
Age: 18-35
Location: University of South Australia City East Campus (Room H1-10)

Other criteria:

  • Participants must complete and pass Stage 1 Exercise and Sport Science Australia screening tool
  • Have no current or prior injury to the lower body in the previous 6 months
  • Participants will be classified as experienced if they meet the following criteria: have previous maximal effort cycling experience, cycle a minimum of 5 hrs/week and have familiarity with the time trial position. Participants who don’t meet this criteria will be classed as novice.


Participants who complete this study will enter a draw to win a $100 honrarium which will be selected at random. Additionally, participants may receive a report on their performance for their own interest which will include their variability, power output, cadence, heart rate and time.

Contact details

If you are interested in participating or would like more information about the study, please email unisa.researchvolunteers@unisa.edu.au or phone (08) 8302 1365

Alternatively, participants may contact the primary researcher, Lachlan Winter via email lachlan.winter@mymail.unisa.edu.au