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  • Concussion in cycling: A challenge for culture & policy change
    Dramatic footage in the aftermath of a Tom Skujns crash in the Tour of California triggered some discussion around cycling's concussion protocols. Some thoughts on the tricky, if not impossible proposition of introducing a "recognize and remove" policy to cycling The Science of Sport - Scientific comment and analysis of sports and sporting performance

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  • The pursuit of the sub-2 marathon: Where to next?
    Where do we go next? Now that Eliud Kipchoge has taken us to the brink of a sub-2 hour marathon, have the boundaries of human endurance been recalibrated? Can we expect a 1:59 soon? Or did the Nike staged event simply move some of the boundaries aside? This piece looks at potential benefits, and asks whether we should expect to see a speeding up, or a slowing down, in the foreseeable future? The Science of Sport - Scientific comment and analysis of sports and sporting performance

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  • Eliud Kipchoge 2:00:25
    Eliud Kipchoge has run a marathon in 2:00:25, coming within sight of breaking the 2-hour barrier. How did he do it, and what might we expect in future? This post analyzes the splits, the tactics and the prospects for the 1:59:59 in the future. The Science of Sport - Scientific comment and analysis of sports and sporting performance

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  • On the recalibration of world records: Brief thoughts
    A proposal to recalibrate the track and field world records by removing all records set prior to 2005 has caused considerable controversy. I offer some views on the proposal, and explain why the step is probably necessary, but should not be 'abused' as a sign of a new generation. The Science of Sport - Scientific comment and analysis of sports and sporting performance

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  • The sub-2 hour marathon attempt: The pacing strategy
    The Nike-Breaking 2 attempt will happen in Monza this weekend. I don't think a sub-2 is possible, but what will be fascinating is to see a) how they go about pacing the attempt, and what happens if it starts to fall away; and b) what the collective advantage is of all the tactics employed. I predict 2:01:55 at best, a DNF is also a real possibility. More thoughts here. The Science of Sport - Scientific comment and analysis of sports and sporting performance

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