Why should you do the Critical Power self-evaluation test?
Every cyclist, regardless of their level, has personal morphological, neuromuscular and metabolic qualities that define their strengths and determine their specialization over time.
The evaluation test is a necessary tool to understand an athlete’s typology, their physical qualities and the characteristics of their engine.
Monitoring the fitness level with the values from the test is useful both at the beginning of the training program, but also during the cycling season. These checks allow us to evaluate the results of the workouts so that we can better modulate the next phase.
What do you need to carry out the test?
You will need a heart rate monitor for heart rate values and a cadence and speed sensor. A power meter is optional but highly recommended for intermediate and advanced cyclists.
The total duration of the test is about 50 minutes. We recommend performing the test indoors to get a more accurate result and to always carry out the test on the same bike.
How is the test structured?
Consists of 5 phases:
- Maximum sprint of 15 seconds and recovery;
- Maximum sprint of 30 seconds and recovery;
- 6 minutes at maximum power.
During the test, Bike Personal Coach will give you step-by-step instructions.
The test results will help you determine your athletic characteristics and your current fitness level. Everything will be visible in the “My Engine” section of the Bikevo App. With the graph you can easily identify which type of cyclist you are: a sprinter, a rouleur, a puncher or a climber.
In the "my data" section you can find the specific data of the test with which your training zones are calculated, you can find these in the section called "zones".