Ryan Mullen’s breakaway ride in Spain in numbers; with power

Posted on: January 30th, 2016

Ryan Mullen in the breakaway in Mallorca; he put some very impressive numbers during his 3½ hour ride.


Faced with a number of climbs to negotiate in Friday’s Trofeo Pollenca-Port de Andratx on the Spanish island of Mallorca, Ryan Mullen made the selection on a cat 2 ascent 50km into the race that would split the field.

He spent the rest of the day up the road before the lead group split on the lumpy run in.

And while Mullen would fade somewhat to lose nearly four minutes and finish 42nd, most of the main field – including some very big names – were outside the time limit.

It was a very good showing by young Mullen who is still only 21-years-old and is in his first year at WorldTour level with Cannondale.

He posted his ride on Strava. The event was the second of four in Mallorca Challenge series which gets the season underway for many pro riders.

Mullen is 77kg and 1.89m in height.


Ryan Mullen’s ride in Spain in numbers

Speed: 25.7mph average, 49.4mph maximum

Heart Rate: 160bpm average 193bpm maximum

Cadence: 88 average, 191 maximum

Average Power: 317 Watts

Maximum Power: 1,981 Watts

Distance: 92.8miles

Moving time: 3hrs 36mins 36secs

Elevation: 6,060ft

Calories: 4,589

Temperature: 54℉

Elapsed Time: 3:36:36

Weighted average power: 353 Watts

hen you ride with a power meter, you’ll notice how your power jumps all over the place based on the terrain, grade, wind, and other factors. Weighted Average Power looks at all of this variation and provides an average power for your ride that is a better indicator of your effort than simply taking your average power. It is our best guess at your average power if you rode at the exact same wattage the entire ride.

Total work: 4,116kj

Total Work, expressed in kilojoules (kJ), is simply the sum of the watts generated during your ride. There is a close 1–to–1 ratio with ‘total work’ and ‘calories expended’ during a ride.

Training load: 267

Strava calculates ‘training load’ by comparing your power during your ride to your FTP and determining how much load you put on your body during the workout. Training load is a great way to determine how much rest you need after your workouts. A score of 125 or lower takes 24 hours to fully recover from. A score of 125-250 takes about 36 to 48 hours to recover from. A score of 250 to 400 takes at least three days to recover from and a score of 400+ takes at least five days to recover from.

Intensity: 86 per cent

Intensity is Strava’s way of showing how difficult a ride was as compared to a riders function threshold power (FTP). Strava looks at a rider’s weighted average power for the ride and compares it to their FTP. If riders’ weighted average power was 250W and FTP 300W, the intensity would 83%. It’s very possible to have an intensity of over 100% if the ride was shorter than an hour. And endurance or recovery ride is 65% or lower. A moderate ride is 65% to 80%. A tempo ride is 80% to 95%. Time trial or race effort is 95% to 105% and short TT or race effort is any score above 105%.

Extreme suffer score: 203

The Strava ‘suffer score’ is an analysis of riders’ heart rate data. By tracking heart rate through a rider’s workout and its level relative to the athlete’s maximum heart rate, Strava attaches a value to show exactly how hard the rider worked. The more time riders spend going full gas and the longer their activity, the higher the score. You can compare your score to others to discover the ‘epicness’ of your ride.

Zone Distribution

Z1 Active Recovery (1 – 225 Watts) for 1hr 11mins 27secs, 33% of moving time
Z2 Endurance (226 – 307 Watts) 25mins 03secs, 12% of moving time
Z3 Tempo (308 – 369 Watts) 25mins 26secs, 12% of moving time
Z4 Threshold (370 – 430 Watts) 30mins 50secs, 14% of moving time
Z5 VO2Max (431 – 492 Watts) 26mins 46secs, 12% of moving time
Z6 Anaerobic (493 – 615 Watts) 23mins 43secs, 11% of moving time
Z7 Neuromuscular (615+ Watts) 13mins 22secs, 6% of moving time