What is Functional Threshold Power?

Functional Threshold Power (FTP) is defined as the greatest mean maximum power you can currently produce for one hour on your bike. And FTP is without doubt one of the most important body metric along with heart rate, w/kg and cadence.
This is important because it provides you with precise training zones, so you always get the maximum value from your time in the saddle.

Why the FTP is important?

Most of us weekend warriors tend to attack our cycling with a mix of under- and over-training. Under-training means you don’t push yourself enough, and your fitness won’t improve much over time. Over-training means you push yourself too hard, prolonging your recovery and fitness gains along with it. FTP provides you with precise training zones, so you always get the maximum return from your time in the saddle. And since FTP is a moving target it also serves as a good marker of how your training is going. You know when your FTP is rising that your fitness is improving and your training is going well.

What does an FTP test involve?

Though an FTP test measures your maximum power output over an hour, the best way to test it is with a 20-minute controlled effort. To do this we set your bike up on a special trainer in our studio, and get you to ride for 20-minutes at your maximum effort (after a 30 minute warmup). We then take your data and subtract 5% to determine what your output would be over 60 minutes - and this becomes your FTP.

How often do I need to test my FTP?

When training at Ciclocorse, your aerobic fitness will increase every few weeks. This is especially true in the first few months after joining - what we call the ‘Intro Period’. In the Intro period it’s a good idea to test your FTP progress every 4 to 6 weeks so your training intensities always match your current level of fitness. This test is included in most of our programs.
If you need only this services, you need to make an appointment.

Individual cost of test is $75

OUR TRAINING METHODS

"Our performance method leverage the same scientific principles used by high performance athletes."

20 min. test that measures the power associated with your Sprint and Endurance ability. This test gives us the insights we need to calibrate your program to you.
This is the average power you can hold during a 1 hr time trial, and it´s a good predictor of your endurance ability.
Is the highest average power that a cyclist can maintain before the energy systems switch over less efficient method.
Stands for a physical amount of anaerobic energy every individual has available to them above Critical Power
Pedal Stroke Analysis is one of the most effective tools we can use to ensure that an athlete's cycling form is as efficient as possible. In the Pedal Stroke Analysis we are taking into consideration the Spin Scan Graph, Average Torque Angles and Power Splits.
Provides athletes and coaches a metric to compare riders of different body composition to one another, as well as understand how effective an athlete’s training is for the demands of a specific ride or race. There are several ways to improve your W/kg once you understand how to train it and why you should train it.
It is designed to measure the percentage of hemoglobin-and-myoglobin-carrying oxygen in the capillaries and cells of muscle tissue, where oxygen is consumed to produce energy. It helps identify optimal training intensity zones and provides feedback on the physiologic systems limiting performance.
60 min. that hover around your FTP. These sessions improve fatigue resistance at your FTP, and enhance it.
Sequences of short work and recovery periods. The target of these sessions is higher power outputs to develop fatigue resistance and aerobic capacity.
10-20 min. intervals bellow your threshold power. Ideal for long distance.
4-6 min intervals holding your peak power output. Raises VO2 max. Significantly and increases power output by 5-6%.