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What does it take to win worlds? A look at Kwiatkowski’s power file

Michal Kwiatkowski released his Quarq power data from his worlds-winning ride in Ponferrada, Spain last weekend

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Showing everyone what it takes to be a world champion, Michal Kwiatkowski uploaded his rainbow jersey-winning ride to both Strava and Training Peaks almost immediately after Sunday’s world road race championships.

The 18.2-kilometer circuit in Ponferrada saw the peloton do 14 laps with a total of 13,780 feet of elevation gain throughout the day. Over the course of the 250-kilometer race, Kwiatkowski normalized 306 watts at 3.54 watts/kilogram (based on average power) with an average heart rate of 148 bpm for just over six and a half hours.

Kwiatkowski remained largely protected by his fellow Polish teammates for much of the race, but still burned a remarkable 5,490 calories or 5670 kilojoules.

Kwiatkowski’s race-winning attack provides the most telling data of the race. With 7km remaining, Kwiatkowski launched a daring move hoping to not only catch the group of three up the road, but solo his way to victory. In his initial attack, he averaged 436 watts at 6.43 w/kg for 34 seconds, topping out at 928 watts.

Upon catching the the group of three, Kwiatkowski took a moment to compose himself before digging in once more. Instead of sharply attacking the lead group, Kwiatkowski simply rode his competitors off his wheel, riding a normalized 501 watts at 7.02 w/kg for three minutes, but hitting peak power of only 706 watts during the effort. Bear in mind that the Pole was able to make this effort after 240 kilometers of hard racing in the rain.

With a charging peloton breathing down his neck in the last 1.7km, Kwiatkowski averaged 415 watts with a heart rate of 179 bpm, holding a speed of 37 mph.

It goes without saying that Kwiatkowski’s ride was outstanding, but the most impressive part is just how hard he attacked and how well he was able to sustain his solo effort to the line after racing for over 6 hours.

For more power data from Kwiatkoski’s worlds ride, visit Training Peaks.