Information Acquisition Differences between Experienced and Novice Time Trial Cyclists

Manhal Boya, Tom Foulsham, Florentina Hettinga, David Parry, Emily Williams, Hollie Jones, Andrew Sparks, David Marchant, Paul Ellison, Craig Bridge, Lars McNaughton, Dominic Micklewright

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Abstract

PURPOSE To use eye-tracking technology to directly compare information acquisition behavior of experienced and novice cyclists during a self-paced 10 mile (16.1 km) time-trial. METHOD Two groups of novice (N=10) and experienced cyclists (N=10) performed a 10-mile self-paced time-trial (TT) on two separate occasions during which a number of feedback variables (speed, distance, power output, cadence, heart rate, and time) were projected within their view. A large RPE scale was also presented next to the projected information and participants. Participants were fitted with a head-mounted eye-tracker and heart rate monitor. RESULTS Experienced cyclists performed both time-trials quicker than novices (F1,18=6.8, P=.018) during which they primarily looked at speed (9 of 10 participants) whereas novices primarily looked at distance (6 of 10 participants). Experienced cyclists looked at primary information for longer than novices across the whole time-trial (24.5±4.2% vs. 34.2±6.1%, t18=4.2, P
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1884-1898
Number of pages15
JournalMedicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Volume49
Issue number9
Early online date1 Sep 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2017

Keywords

  • COGNITION
  • CYCLING
  • DECISION
  • PACING
  • PERFORMANCE
  • VISION

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