Is It Time To Ban Power Meters From Professional Racing?

The pro racing community is sharply divided over whether or not power meters should be banned from races. A power meter is used by riders to give them information that can help them improve their training as well as their pacing. The gadget delivers unbiased measurement of exactly what effort the rider is putting in and the implications of that effort. Using the power meter, a cyclist is able to define his training zone after which he can train in it correctly.

Some professional riders feel they should be banned because they don’t want it to seem like they won their races because they were using power meters. They would want the races to only demonstrate their ability to crash their rivals and would hate to see their wins disputed over a gadget. Other people simply believe they are dumb and add nothing to racing.

There are also other riders who strongly believe that power meters are giving undue advantage to some cyclists. According to this group of riders, today we have some racing champions who would have never won were it not for the power meters.

Readers of cycling and racing websites are adding their voice to this debate. One reader who prefers to ride used specialized road bikes said that power meters are blocking the show during professional races. He believes that the power meters are controlling the races.

“If your team is powerful and then a rider decides to attack, you can easily control him,” he says, “This is not what we want in pro racing.”

Another reader said power meters are making riders to race too cautiously, therefore taking away the spontaneity that pro racing should have. The reader adds that cycling with the power meter in the red makes the rider feel like he is about to crash. He hates this feeling.

But other riders think that all bike riders should embrace power meters. They believe that it is futile to oppose technology especially when the technology is specially designed to improve the sport.

What is your take? Should power meters be banned from being used in professional racing? Add your voice to this debate via the comments section below.

Destination Wedding Packages In Beautiful St. Lucia

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St. Lucia has some of the best wedding venues in the world.  Its mild tropical climate, sunny skies, clear turquoise waters, lush gardens, and dense forests provide a great backdrop to marriage ceremonies.  Thus, destination wedding packages for St. Lucia are very popular.

There are many hotels and resorts which offer great destination wedding packages prices, though couples are advised to read the list containing the inclusions for each package.  The website of the Caribbean Wedding Association  contains useful information.  With diligent planning and proper coordination, an ideal wedding memories plan which fit one’s budget can be found.

  1. Sugar Beach Resort, St. Lucia

This beautiful resort set between expansive white sand beaches and lush tropical forests offers great wedding venue plans.  Weddings at the site can be held at eight different spots that include a beach, a lawn, restaurants, terraces and a grand villa.  Guests up to 100 people may be accommodated.  The resort’s planning team begins to work once a couple makes an inquiry, apprising them of required lead times and document submissions.  Follow-up communication is meant to smooth out other details, such as ceremony type, time, date, participant names, venue décor, etc.  Video and photo coverage can be provided by the resort, and they are more than happy to have the newlyweds honeymoon onsite.  The total wedding destination plan’s price would depend on all the services chosen, but priceless memories are almost guaranteed.

  1. St. James’ Club, Morgan Bay, St. Lucia

More than the stunning location and the world class facilities, St. James’ Club Morgan Bay has some interesting marriage destination packages on offer.  It starts with a very basic Classic Wedding Package for a party of 6 which includes a decorated gazebo venue, cake, wine, bouquet & boutonniere, taxes and gratuities for less than $800; that is as simple as it gets.  Licenses and registration fees are not included.  But with more guests, a choice of private venues including restaurants, marquees and a beach barbeque option, adding after wedding parties, a band, photo and video, will take that price higher.   What you get is a wedding venue package customized to include all the wonderful memories you’ve always dreamed of.

  1. Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa, St. Lucia

This is another great resort which offers a basic destination marriage package at less than $800.  For that the Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa provides a decorated oceanfront gazebo, bouquet/boutonnière, one-tier wedding cake, wine, wedding coordinator, marriage officer, govt. fees and licenses, and dinner for four.  Succeeding plans build upon this basic “Deluxe Wedding Package” which provides more options and prices that reach just shy of $7000. The number of guests allowed for free increase with the plan up to a maximum of 26; there are options to pay for extra guests.  It’s a simple case of ‘pick and customize’ to get your St. Lucia wedding ceremony package to fit your requirements and budget.

St. Lucia may have the ideal destination wedding plan you are looking for.  All you need to do is check out the offers.