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Dr Paolo Menaspa

Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5321, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO19.3104
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5321
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO19.3104  



In conducting his research, Paolo collaborates with Australian National Sport Organisations and professional cycling teams. He was a member of the Australian Olympic Team at the Rio Olympic Games, participating as a sport scientist in support of the road cycling program.

Professional Associations

  • European College of Sport Science

Awards and Recognition

National and International Awards

  • Joint recipient of the AIS Withers PhD Scholar Award (2015) for having conducted Exercise Physiology research that has had a substantial impact on Australian Sport.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University, 2015.


Recent Research Grants

  • Physiological and physical characteristics of successful road sprint cycling performance: European Competition Focus,  New Global Cycling Services SAGL,  Orica-GreenEDGE Scholarships to support Industry Engagement PhD Projects,  2016 - 2020,  $15,000.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Metcalfe, A., Menaspa, P., Villerius, V., Quod, M., Peiffer, J., Gorvus, A., Abbiss, C., (2017), The Within-Season Distribution of External Training and Racing Workload in Professional Male Road Cyclists. Int J Sports Physiol Perform, 12(April 2017), 142-146, United States, Human Kinetics, DOI: 10.1123/ijspp.2016-0396.
  • Menaspa, P., (2017), Demands of World Cup Competitions in Elite Women Road Cycling. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 2(1), 14, United States, Human Kinetics, DOI: 10.1123/ijspp.2016-0588.
  • Menaspa, P., Haakonssen, E., Sharma, A., Clark, B., (2016), Accuracy in measurement of elevation gain in road cycling. Journal of Science and Cycling, 5(1), 10-12.
  • Menaspa, P., (2016), Are rolling averages a good way to assess training load for injury prevention?. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 51(7), 618-619, London, England, B M J Publishing Group, DOI: 10.1136/bjsports-2016-09613.
  • Martin, K., Staiano, W., Menaspa, P., Hennessey, T., Marcora, S., Keegan, R., Thompson, K., Martin, D., Halson, S., Rattray, B., (2016), Superior Inhibitory Control and Resistance to Mental Fatigue in Professional Road Cyclists. PLoS One, 11(7), article no. e0159907, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0159907.
  • Menaspa, P., Quod, M., Martin, D., Peiffer, J., Abbiss, C., (2015), Physical Demands of Sprinting in Professional Road Cycling. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 36(13), 1058-1062, Stuttgart, Germany, Georg Thieme Verlag, DOI: 10.1055/s-0035-1554697.
  • Menaspa, P., Martin, D., Victor, J., Abbiss, C., (2015), Maximal sprint power in road cyclists after variable and nonvariable high-intensity exercise. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 29(11), 3156-3161, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000000972.
  • Garvican-Lewis, LA., Clark, B., Martin, DT., Schumacher, Y., Macdonald, W., Stephens, B., Ma, F., Thompson, K., Gore, C., Menaspa, P., (2015), Impact of Altitude on Power Output during Cycling Stage Racing. PLoS One, 10(12), Article number e0143028, San Francisco, USA, Public Library of Science, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0143028.
  • Garvican-Lewis, L., Schumacher, Y., Clark, S., Christian, R., Menaspa, P., Plowman, J., Stephens, B., Qi, J., Fan, R., He, Y., Martin, D., Thompson, K., Gore, C., Ma, F., (2014), Stage racing at altitude induces hemodilution despite an increase in hemoglobin mass. Journal of Applied Physiology, 117(5), 463-472, Bethesda, USA, American Physiological Society, DOI: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00242.2014.
  • Menaspa, P., Impellizzeri, F., Haakonssen, E., Martin, D., Abbiss, C., (2014), Consistency of commercial devices for measuring elevation gain. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 9(5), 884-886, United States, Human Kinetics, DOI: 10.1123/IJSPP.2013-0232.
  • Menaspa, P., Abbiss, C., Martin, D., (2013), Performance Analysis of a World-Class Sprinter During Cycling Grand Tours. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 8(3), 336-340, United States, Human Kinetics.
  • Menaspa, P., Rampinini, E., Tonetti, L., Bosio, A., (2012), Physical fitness and performances of an amputee cycling world champion: a case study. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 7(3), 290 - 294, Champaign, USA, Human Kinetics.
  • Menaspa, P., Rampinini, E., Bosio, A., Carlomagno, D., Riggio, M., Sassi, A., (2012), Physiological and anthropometric characteristics of junior cyclists of different specialties and performance levels. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, 22(3), 392 - 398, Denmark, Wiley-Blackwell , DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0838.2010.01168.x.

Research Student Supervision

Adjunct Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The Performance Analysis Of Power Output In Professional Male Road Cyclists
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