The survey aims to investigate indoor cyclists' behavior with the stated weight of their avatars when using indoor cycling apps.
Dr. Bryce Dyer is a head in the Design & Engineering Department of Bournemouth University. Dr. Dyer publishes widely on the topic of performance enhancement in sports. He recently wrote a chapter on virtual cycling exploring the impact of technology, cheating, and performance enhancement in cycling esports for the 2022 book “Social Issues In Esports.”
Dr. Dyer is seeking the assistance of the virtual cycling community and explains,
“The background behind this project is my professional interest in how we use technology within competitive sports, be it prosthetic limbs, the latest carbon fiber bicycle, or super running shoes. Sometimes this technology helps us, sometimes hinders, and others can cause outright controversy.
Online cycling has surged in popularity so rapidly that scientists have yet to have time to thoroughly investigate any differences between exercise and its technology undertaken in a virtual world from those conducted traditionally in reality.
This project investigates indoor cyclists’ behavior with their avatars when using indoor cycling apps. For this particular study, we’re looking at the subject of an ecyclist’s weight and their views of the weight metric in competition.
It aims to seek your views on this subject and offers you a series of statements to consider. The survey itself should take you a couple of minutes to complete. It will keep your identity and views anonymously with the intent to publish the results in a peer-reviewed scientific study.”
Thanks in advance, Dr. Bryce Dyer.
Have your opinion heard! Anonymously, that is!
Semi-retired as owner and director of his private Orthopedic Physical Therapy practice after over 20 years, Chris is blessed with the freedom to pursue his passion for virtual cycling and writing. On a continual quest to give back to his bike for all the rewarding experiences and relationships it has provided him, he created a non-profit. Chris is committed to helping others with his bike through its work and the pages of his site.
In the summer of 2022, he rode 3,900 miles from San Francisco to New York to support the charity he founded, TheDIRTDadFund. His “Gain Cave” resides on the North Fork of Long Island, where he lives with his beautiful wife and is proud of his two independent children.
You will read him promoting his passion on the pages of Cycling Weekly, Cycling News, road.cc, Zwift Insider, Endurance.biz, and Bicycling. Chris is co-host of The Virtual Velo Podcast, too!