Masters Athlete Research Project - Do Older Cyclists Take Longer to Recover?

An exciting new masters athlete research project is set to commence in mid-late May at CQUniversity here in Rocky. The PhD project is under the supervision of well-known Central Queensland masters athlete and cyclist Associate Professor Peter Reaburn. The project is exploring the age old question of ‘do older athletes take longer to recover than younger athletes?’


Although we know that actual sports performance decreases with age, recent research has shown that regular training into older age can slow this decline in performance. Recent research also suggests that decreases in performance with age cannot be solely attributed to “a natural ageing process” but are also affected by both the levels of systematic training and the rate of recovery from that training as we age.


Our CQUniversity project is looking to gain further insight into recovery in older athletes by comparing the recovery rates between older and younger cyclists from high intensity aerobic and anaerobic exercise.


We are looking for trained cyclists aged 18-30 years (young) and 50 years and older (masters) to participate in the study. The whole project will take approximately three weeks and will involve eight visits to the CQUniversity Exercise and Sport Science Laboratory in Rockhampton. It will involve a number of aerobic (time trial) and anaerobic (repeat sprint) sessions on an ergometer and both oxygen analysis and blood collection.


As a participant in this unique and ground-breaking research, you will have free physical testing data as well as education on practical application of the test data to aid in your training practices and improve your cycling performance. Tests will include:

  1. Anthropometric body composition (% body fat) data
  2. Maximal oxygen consumption (VO2max) and maximum heart rate data
  3. Lactate (anaerobic) threshold data to enable heart rate or power (watts) training zones to be used when you train
  4. Maximal strength and power data


If you are interested in being involved or would like more information on the project, please contact the principal investigator Nattai Borges ( or 4930 9720 or 0400 010 763) or Associate Professor Peter Reaburn ( or 4923 2621) for an information pack.

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Comment by Mick Newell on April 29, 2014 at 5:58pm

Shame I am too young to help out mate

Comment by Peter Reaburn on April 28, 2014 at 10:29am

Great to see Bill Legg, Rusty Hall and Marcus Holmes putting their aging hands up to help us out with the research project. Jono Wood also as our only 'baby'.

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