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20-min FTP test

A little pain goes a long way.

What is FTP?

Your Functional Threshold Power (FTP) represents the highest possible power output you are able to maintain for over 60 minutes. Depending on whether you’re a trained athlete or not, you may or may not be able to ride a full hour at full power.

Why measure FTP?

Regular assessments (every 6 to 8 weeks) of your FTP gives a reliable indication of whether your training is improving your performance. FTP also provides a good ‘benchmark’ on which to base your training zones. The best (but really hard) way is to do the test for a full 60 minutes. The 20 minute test gives a very accurate value without you having to take 3 days off to recover.

We like the test for its simplicity and repeatability

Test Protocol

Equipment required:
  • a bike (Road, MTB or TT)
  • an indoor trainer (wind, fluid or mechanical)
  • Heart rate monitor
  • speedometer optional
  • power sensor optional

How to measure your FTP

The easiest way to measure your FTP is with a 20 minute test done on an indoor trainer. After completing the warm up, start with a 5 minute solid effort followed by 10 minutes easy, then the 20 minute time trial begins. Record your Heart Rate, Power (optional) and Distance (optional) at 5, 10, 15 and 20 minutes, as well as the averages over the full 20 minutes.

The recorded data is to be submitted through form below for analysis.

The 20-minute FTP Test

WU:

20 mins easy at 80 to 90rpm 1 min  “wind up’s” start at 70rpm and build to 110rpm followed by 1 min easy repeat 3 times 4 mins easy spinning

MS:

5 mins at  a good solid effort10 mins easy spinning 20 mins TT effort keeping controlled, hard but steady pace so that you can complete the last 5 mins with an all out effort

LD:

10 mins easy spinning *record your Maximum and Average Heart Rate for the 20 min TT**record your Maximum and Average Power for the 20 min TT***record your Heart Rate, Power and Distance at 5 mins, 10 mins, 15 mins and 20 mins of the 20 min TT. ______________________

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