Ask a coach: 'When should I redo an FTP test?'

Your training zones need to reflect any increases in your FTP, but testing too often can have an adverse effect on your progression - here’s how to tread the tightrope

Male cyclist doing an FTP test
(Image credit: Future)

Doing an FTP test, or any maximal performance test for that matter, means taking time out of training. To perform optimally you need to taper beforehand and will likely need some recovery afterwards. That can mean you might miss anywhere between three and seven days of training!

However, the information gleaned from a performance test means that accurate cycling training zones can be calculated, which allows gains in specific areas to be targeted and therefore hopefully improve the quality of the cycling training plan.

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James Spragg

Sports scientist and coach James Spragg is one of the experts who will be answering your questions in Cycling Weekly's ASK A CYCLING COACH series which comes out every Wednesday. Working both in research and applied settings, he currently runs Intercept Performance Consultancy

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James Spragg

James Spragg is a sports scientist and coach, working both in research and applied settings. When not working with athletes James can be found skiing, climbing, cycling or drinking coffee!

Alongside Dan Lorang and Peter Leo, James runs Intercept Performance Consultancy. Over the last 8 years in various roles, as coaches, performance consultants, performance managers, and sports scientists, Dan, James and Peter have played a role in helping athletes achieve more than 10 World Championship titles, several Olympics medals (including a Gold and Silver Medal in Tokyo 2020) and several Top 5 results in some of the biggest sporting events on the planet (Tour de France, Olympics, World and European Championships). Our single focus is on improving performance in all settings.