wVO2max Test

What is it?
The wVO2max Test is a stressful, semi-endurance based test that is carried out to exhaustion.  Effort duration is six minutes with a ten kilometre warm up and ten minute cool down, 

More Information
To better understand the physiological issues this test addresses please read our VO2max Factsheet.

Why do I need it?
This test is used to determine an athlete's minimal wattage at which maximal aerobic capacity is attained.  It tells you their sustained wattage output at their maximum oxygen consumption, which is indicated by the term, wVO2max.  Basically, it's the start of the Red Zone which, when racing, should be crossed only when absolutely necessary.

It further reveals their aerobic capability and efficiency during endurance activity.  It is one of the most powerful predictors of an athlete's endurance performance.  Without a clear wVO2max index, improving it can be a hit and miss affair.  If you want to improve your cycling this is the test for you.

How to Prepare
This is a strenuous test to the exhaustion of your physiological capabilities and places a significant strain on your body.  It is vitally important to make sure you:

are fully rested 
are fully hydrated
have had no hard rides for at least two days previous
have not eaten for at least two hours previous
have been of good health for at least four weeks
have good motivation and morale
are mentally prepared for the sustained effort required

The Test
A wVO2max test is chronically unpleasant but the result it provides give an excellent indicator to the endurance capacity and race winning potential of an athlete.

Maintaining constant effort and concentrating on form and technique in the test are critical to the accuracy and repeatability of the results. 

The Result
The results of a wVO2max test provides information that allows the development of a training plan to improve wVO2max, lactate threshold, efficiency at VO2max pace, strength and power all in one six week training period!    Apart from the physiological rewards the confidence and psychological edge to be gained from this plan make it an extremely efficient and effective use of your training time.


Contact us to book your Performance Evaluation and find out exactly what you're capable of.


What do I get?
A performance evaluation takes 90 minutes of your time and three hours of mine.   Each flamme rouge Performance Evaluation gives you a the answers you need to your current fitness levels and the points on which you need to focus to reach your specific competition objectives.  In short, it's the best value for money investment you can make in your training and yourself.  All for less than the cost of a tub of energy drink!

With each performance evaluation you get all of the below...


flamme rouge Performance Evaluation...  

an outcome specific endurance evaluation  

a ten page comprehensive evaluation assessment  

a peak expiratory flow test  

a forced expiratory flow test  

blood pressure measurement  

physiological analysis  

lifestyle/training audit  

wattage/heart rate/cadence/speed recording (min, max & avg)  

graphical review of performance evaluation  

performance comparison and overlay with previous evaluations  

blood lactate measurement and analysis  

vo2max (absolute & relative), FTP, and cycling economy calculations  

personalized heart and power zones  

recommended heart and power training intensities  

a photographic record of your evaluation  

an FTP w/kg  profile against all previous riders (over 300 records)  

a debrief at the end of the 90 minute athlete session  

a further 90 minutes evaluation preparation time from the coach