Heart rates in the Americas' Cup

edited 26 June 2017 at 7:28PM in Sports & fitness MoneySaving
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edited 26 June 2017 at 7:28PM in Sports & fitness MoneySaving
I've been watching this (live on BTSport and highlights on BBC2 and red button following day).

Apart from the spectacular sight of two multi-hull boats skimming (or "flying") across the waves I've been hugely impressed by the heart rates achieved and maintained by the four guys in each boat who form the engine room. Their sole job is to manually transport oil through the hydraulic systems that move the wing (sail) and lift and lower the hydrofoils. The US do this traditionally by using hand-cranks (the guys have very big arms). The Kiwis have been innovative by replacing the hand cranks with bike set-ups and have four "cyclors" pedalling throughout the race.

As I say, heart rates have been astonishing (to me as a recreational athlete anyway).

Today, one of the NZ cyclors had hit a current HR of 191 (99% MHR according to the telemetry) , and about 18 minutes into the race had maintained an average HR of 189!

I think he was on the front of a bank of four cyclors. His head has been down pedalling like mad since the beginning of the final and one of the US commentators quipped along the lines of "this guy may win the Americas' Cup and never actually seen where he's been going!"

Anyway, for anybody who has never seen this sailing I highly recommend it. It is extremely physical and exciting to watch. Catch the BBC highlights.

You may also want to search BBC website for something like "Emirates NZ capsize Americas' Cup 2017" (They didn't capsize - they nosedived!)
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