What’s the big number on forecasts?

Each forecast has a myWindsock Score. This is Air Penalty in relationship to the overall ground distance. A score of 100 would be an air distance twice that of ground distance, an extremely difficult ride. On the other hand a score of 0 represents no air resistance as the air travelled with the rider accumulating no air distance. A score of 50 indicates even conditions. Typically a loop or out and back course will generate a score of around 49-51.

What is the graph at the top?

For each Strava Segment Leaderboard there is a chart called a Wind Rose. This chart shows the prevailing wind distribution for the top 10 times for the segment. The larger the segment the more frequent the wind has originated from that direction.

How can I improve the accuracy of my CdA estimation?

The CdA estimate uses the observed weather combined with power, speed and elevation data to calculate your drag. Your estimate can be skewed by the following:

  • Heavy braking or dragging of brakes. Although myWindsock attempts to remove braking events from your CdA estimate to improve the quality of your estimate avoid courses that require the use of your brakes for the best estimate.
  • Poor elevation data. If your elevation data is incorrect the match between power and speed will be incorrectly calculated. Often using the Strava Correct Elevation function will improve this and add consistency to your calculations.
  • Incorrect weather observations. The observed weather improves over time. For the purpose of CdA estimation you may need to wait a few days for the most accurate weather data.
  • Bad power meter data. It is wise to check the drift in your power meters offset before and after testing. A large change in offset is a sign that the power data is not of sufficient quality for accurate estimate of CdA.
  • Drive Train Loss. A dirty drive train, rubbing brake, bad wheel bearings are all sources of power loss from a crank based meter to the actual power output. If these variables change the CdA can be incomparable between estimates.
  • Incorrect Wind Shear selected. If the wind speed is not correctly adjusted for the environment you are riding errors of wind speed will impact your CdA estimate. Long rides provide better estimates for CdA as the average is taken so fluctuations in due to changes in wind shear are negated.

Paying attention to the above will drastically improve your CdA estimate.

Wind Speed in forecast ok, but reported Air Speeds in metrics are low

All wind speeds are modelled to 1 metres height from the ground. This modelling accounts for Wind Shear. This is the slowing of air low to the ground by obstacles and surface frictions.

A weather report usually is provided at wind speed at 10 metres above the ground and therefore is much higher.

For the purpose of modelling cycling dynamics the speeds we report are closer to that of real world wind speeds.

My Virtual Partner is too fast/slow in head/tail winds

Number one cause of this is an out of date weather forecast. We recommend downloading your virtual partner immediately before riding. Always ensure you have selected the time of day from the date picker to get the best result.

My Virtual Partner is too slow up hills

  1. Check you have entered a realistic average wattage when climbing gradients of greater than 2%. Increase as required.
  2. Check your VP’s weight. Decrease as required.
  3. Ensure course gradient profile is of good quality.