DETERMINE YOUR TRUE CYCLE FITNESS WITH A PERFORMANCE TEST Make an Appointment
ESTABLISH THE EFFICACY OF YOUR TRAINING BLOCK BY REGULARLY TESTING MAP OR FTP Book a Test Protocol
ESTABLISH AN ACCURATE FITNESS MEASURE WITHIN A PROFESSIONAL ENVIRONMENT Explore Work
CONDUCTING YOUR TEST PROTOCOL IN A PROFESSIONAL ENVIRONMENT WILL SET YOU UP FOR A BETTER TRAINING BLOCK

FTP (Functional Threshold Power) and MAP (Maximal Aerobic Power) are practical and readily measurable indicators of a rider’s aerobic fitness. Through testing, one can effectively set a training guide and make sure that the mix of intensity and duration during a workout or training cycle is appropriate for gaining the specific fitness required for a rider’s target events. Further into the training cycle it can also objectively determine if training is having the desired impact.

MAP is the functional power equivalent of assessing VO2max (maximal rate of Oxygen uptake). These training levels can be used to help guide training efforts and of course MAP tests can be performed periodically to determine whether training is actually improving performance. During phases of training where fitness is expected to change somewhat (e.g. when building your basic aerobic condition during the early season), then testing every six to eight weeks is suggested.

FTP is your Functional Threshold Power measured in watts. It is based on what you can sustain over a one hour Time Trial if paced correctly. At Turbo Studio we offer a relatively controlled environment to conduct these tests in which is useful when comparing multiple tests across your training season.

FTP EXPLAINED IN GREATER DETAIL

MAP EXPLAINED IN GREATER DETAIL

HOW IS A TEST CONDUCTED

Tests are performed by fitting your bike to one of our Computrainers (a bike trainer with a programmable load controller) and using one of our trainer specific rear wheel skewers to replace your bike’s own for the test. The test time itself is dependent on the individual, however there is set up of your bike on the trainer, a warm up and calibration process and of course disassembling of your bike from the trainer. The entire process will take approximately 45-60 minutes (give or take).

The FTP Test is a 16km undulating Time Trial course (no extreme elevations) and you ride the course adjusting your gears, the same as if you were riding outdoor on the road. Data including power / speed / time / distance will be visible on the screen at the front of the room for you to monitor and establish a good sense of your pacing effort as you must control the level of exertion over the entire course ensuring you don't exhaust yourself too early.

The MAP Test (also known as a ramp test) is an incremental feed of watts per minute (the variation in the feed will be determined by the rider) with no gear changing required. The test is done aerobically from the beginning and reaches the maximum capacity of the individual’s aerobic system at the end. It requires the rider to push themself to absolute exhaustion and we measure that point of exhaustion using watts.

The equipment at Turbo Studio will measure and record your power however, if you wish to collect your heart rate data please bring your own HR strap and monitor.

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