Cycling Fitness Testing

The physical demands vary greatly among the cycling disciplines, therefore the appropriate tests for specific events and for specific athletes will vary. For example, professional road cyclists will be interested in their VO2max, while track sprint cyclists will want to know about their power and strength. There are also examples of tests for cyclists that are used for the eTID program from the Australian Institute of Sport.

General

There are many tests that are appropriate for all cyclists, such as the range of anthropometrical tests. There are specific tests depending on the cycling discipline and event that you are interested in. The tests listed below are not an exhaustive list - check out the complete list of fitness tests.

yellow jerseyEndurance Cycling Tests

Sprint Cycling Tests

These tests are more appropriate for track cyclists and sprint specialist road cyclists.

Example results for a Cyclist

Fitness Test Result
body mass (kg) 57.6
height (cm) 173.4
Skinfolds, sum of 7 sites (mm) 59.9
Grip Strength (kg) 29
1RM Bench Press (kg) 55
Vertical Jump (cm) 47
Sit and Reach (cm) +15
VO2max (ml/kg/min) 59

Here is an example of a series of tests performed on female AIS cyclists, Peta Mullens, conducted in 2009 (as detailed in the Herald Sun Newspaper). A summary of her results are in the adjacent table.

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