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Cycling Research Center,
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rigors of cycling, measure reactions to stress,
and make prediction equations and models
on performance. The data will be analyzed
for students to present at professional
conferences and for Zamastil to use for
performance and training purposes. The lab
also will be used for thesis research.
Zamastil said that a testing center this
sophisticated is rare in a city the size of
Wichita Falls. “I worked in a center like this
in Philadelphia, and there were only two
places that could do this in a metro area of
6
million people,” Zamastil said. Another
advantage of the research center will be
classes on CompuTrainer ergometers,
which will allow advanced cycling classes
that will take the experience of riding
and racing outdoors and place it in the
controlled environment of a classroom with
no stoplights, traffic, inclement weather, and
most importantly, no coasting. “A ride like
the ones I plan on leading in that center
through our CompuTrainer classes might
last an hour, but you’ll get the workout
benefits of a two-hour ride outside,”
Zamastil said.
The center, located in Room 222 of
D.L. Ligon Coliseum, cost approximately
$30,000 to equip with new and refurbished
equipment. HHH matched MSU with a
$10,000 donation for upgrades in existing
equipment. The HHH has long been a
sponsor of the MSU Cycling Team and
cycling scholarships.When approached to
contribute to the research center, HHH
officials were glad to help because MSU
has been an important part of the ride’s
success. “We were excited about helping
sponsor this in part because there’s a real
value to MSU and the city with the cycling
minor,” said HHH founder Roby Christie.
That’s a good reason why people will
want to come here. Our sponsorship of the
team and scholarships has helped some
really talented young people to do well,
and all that will wrap up into the minor
and the research center.”
Just as the performance center provides
a scientific hub for cyclists, the cycling
minor provides an academic outlet for
the area’s cycling community.Wyatt
said that most students who choose the
minor will be exercise physiology majors,
but did not rule out the business major
who wants to be involved in the cycling
industry or someone who is an avid cyclist.
We know it might interest those outside
of the exercise realm, those for whom
cycling is a part of their lives,”Wyatt
said.Wyatt created the content and was
able to work the program into the 2012
fall schedule, with some students already
taking advantage of the option. The minor
requires 18 credit hours of cycling and
science classes, including Biomechanics
and Analysis of Human Movement,
Exercise Leadership, Nutrition, Physiology
of Sport and Fitness Lab, Sport and
Exercise Pharmacology, Cycle Testing
Protocols, and Cycle Training Protocols.
Dr. Robert Clark, MSUVice President
of Administration and Institutional
Effectiveness, sees the center and cycling
minor as valuable recruiting tools for
MSU. Although Lees-McRae College in
Banner Elk, N.C., was the first to offer
a cycling minor, Clark said that MSU’s
program is unique in that it focuses on
the physiology and athletic side of cycling.
A ride like the ones I plan on leading in that center
through our CompuTrainer classes might last an hour,
but you’ll get the workout benefits of a two-hour ride
outside.”
Charlie Zamastil
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Wichita Falls is known throughout the
country for its 100-mile bicycle ride,
the Hotter’N Hell Hundred (HHH),
and the Midwestern State University
Cycling Team has made a name for itself
in university cycling excellence. MSU
and the area now have two more cycling
programs to brag about. A performance
research center that tests and trains
cyclists already is a success in its mission
to tap into the area’s cycling community,
and a cycling performance minor – the
second in the nation – has been added to
MSU’s curriculum.
Professor of Athletic Training and
Exercise Physiology Frank Wyatt
said that the MSU HHH Cycling
Performance Center made last fall his
most productive semester in the eight
years he has been at the university.
During the fall, cycling team members
participated in sophisticated tests such as
the Wingate Power test, which measures
maximal anaerobic capacity and fatigue
rates; MAP tests, which tests blood
lactate and gas exchange parameters;
oxygen consumption level tests; body
fat analysis; and threshold identification
tests at least once a week, with Wyatt
seeing some “outstanding” performance
numbers as results.
Along with Wyatt, graduate students,
cycling team members, and MSU
Cycling Team Director Charlie Zamastil
have been present at each test. “These
tests allow us to carefully monitor the
advances made throughout our training
program. The process has been an
incredible learning experience for the
students,”Wyatt said. Studies and results
will show how performance can be
enhanced, how participants react to the
BY KATHY FLOYD