Via Claudia Augusta in mountain bike

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Salvino A. Salvaggio, PhD

In this blog I publish data analysis cases based on the R statistical language. No statistical or mathematical theory here, no discussions of the R language, no software tutorials, but only concrete case studies using existing R tools.
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From 19 to 25 July 2015, I crossed the Alps in mountain bike, starting in Augsburg (Bavaria, Germany) and arriving in Bolzano (Italy). I covered myself and the bike in sensors, and here is a summary of the data collected:

  • Total time: 21 hours 50 seconds
  • Total active time: 20 hours 45 seconds
  • Total distance: 388.8 km
  • Total pedals revolutions: 63.060
  • Total heart beats: 175,628 (max heart rate: 167 bpm)
  • Mean temperature overall: 28.5 C
  • Maximum temperature: 41 C
  • Minimum temperature: 18 C
  • Maximum altitude: 1523.5 m
  • Minimum altitude: 265 m
  • Positive level difference: 5432 m
  • Negative level difference: 5532 m
  • Uphills (more than 3%): 76.7 km
  • Downhills (more than 3%): 75.4 km
  • Mean speed: 17.8 km/h
  • Maximum speed: 66.2 km/h
  • 78593 GPS points collected

Videos available on Youtube.


on the third day, a weather alert did not allow us to bike up the mountain and we had to use public transportation.
That explains the sudden increase in altitude.




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