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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

  • High-Performance Cycling,  New Global Cycling Services SAGL,  Orica-GreenEDGE Sponsorship,  2018 - 2020,  $406,244.
  • 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

  • Filipas, L., La Torre, A., Menaspa, P., Giorgi, H., (2018), Achieving Grand Tour success. A pilot study using cycling's World Tour points. The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, epub ahead of print(epub ahead of print), epub ahead of print, Italy, Edizioni Minerva Medica, DOI: 10.23736/S0022-4707.17.07526-0.
  • Menaspa, M., Menaspa, P., Clark, S., Fanchini, M., (2018), Validity of the Online Athlete Management System to Assess Training Load. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, epub ahead of print(Nov 1), 17p., United States, Human Kinetics, DOI: 10.1123/ijspp.2017-0379.
  • Menaspa, P., Abbiss, C., (2017), Considerations on the Assessment and Use of Cycling Performance Metrics and their Integration in the Athlete's Biological Passport. Frontiers in Physiology, 8(November), Article no. 912, Lausanne, Switzerland, Frontiers Research Foundation, DOI: 10.3389/fphys.2017.00912.
  • Menaspa, P., (2017), 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.
  • Menaspa, P., Sias, M., Bates, G., La Torre, A., (2017), Demands of World Cup Competitions in Elite Women Road Cycling. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, article in press(article in press), 14p., Illinois, USA, Human Kinetics, DOI: 10.1123/ijspp.2016-0588.
  • 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.
  • 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., 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Research Student Supervision

Adjunct Supervisor

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