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Can Birth Altitude Affect Cycling Performance?

It’s a common trope in sport science that athletes should choose their parents wisely, due to the importance of genetics in determining ultimate athletic capacity. To add to that imaginary wish list, should we make sure we’re born at high altitude? Today I examine how being born or raised at altitude affects athletic performance capacity.

Toolbox: Timing Arrival at Altitude

The hot trend in elite athletics the past decade has been the use of altitude training and hypoxic tents to improve aerobic capacity and performance. The converse question is also intriguing – if you are competing at altitude, when is the best time to arrive at altitude?