How To Use A Power Meter To Test Your Fitness Levels

Published on January 1st 2014


Powermeters enable cyclists to quantify their training effort. Essential kit for the pros, many riders now use them whatever they are training for. Daniel Lloyd shows you how to test your fitness levels to establish power zones. Follow GCN on YouTube: Powermeters such as SRM, PowerTap and the new Garmin Vector pedals are becoming increasingly accessible to all cyclists. Powermeters enable you to quantify and measure your training efforts. This is what makes them essential kit for professionals and also why many everyday riders and time-crunched cyclists are choosing them. Powermeters enable you to identify where you are weak and what areas of fitness you need to work on. Before you set goals with your new powermeter, you need to know what your fitness levels are. Daniel Lloyd shows you the testing protocol that he used as a professional cyclist. This protocol should be performed over two days and can be used every 6 to 8 weeks. Regular power testing will let you and your coach determine how you are responding to your training and allow you to constantly adjust your training levels. This recommended test can be used to measure your sprint power, one minute power, VO2 max and threshold power. Comment below and let us know how you get on! Photos: © Bettiniphoto / & ©Tim De Waele /