TThere are lies, damned lies, and statistics, but there’s no hiding from the fact that numbers tell important stories. See the plot line unfolding on the Wattbikes at Performancepro’s Great Titchfield Street facility, during my first FTP test for 8 years.

I’ve done a lot of performance testing over the years. Pursuing a professional cycling career and, subsequently, a degree in Sports Science means that I’ve shed more than my fair share of sweat on the laboratory floor. At one time I was the proud holder of a 5.7Watt/Kg threshold power to weight ratio and the physique of a prison camp escapee (essential for the elite cyclist), whilst racing and training in the mountains of the Pyrénées for an Espoir development squad of the Brioches La Boulangère pro cycling team.

How things have changed… 8 years on and I’m Business Development Manager at Cyclefit, not developing pro, a father, a few kilo’s heavier with very little time to train. I haven’t raced or trained properly since 2005 but, for some reason, even though my riding is more High Holborn than Hors Catégorie, I thought it would be a good idea to subject myself to an ‘FTP’ test with Anthony Purcell, Partner at Performancepro and Strength & Conditioning Cycle Coach.

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