Using talent ID to discover riders from around the world is an enviable challenge. Race results can tell a lot about a rider’s potential to certain extent, but attempting to source talent from far-flung corners of the globe on results alone can be tricky despite modern methods of recruitment.
Therefore the UCI World Cycling Centre (UCI-WCC) have created a test with the help of Wattbike to help identify raw potential across the world, which is used at the UCI-WCC itself and at its Satellite Test Centres around the world to identify talent for all cycling disciplines.
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The protocol focuses on testing riders maximal and average power outputs across two six-second efforts, one 30-second effort and one four-minute effort.
The entire testing protocol consists of a 17-minute standardised warm up, followed by the repeated efforts which are spread out over a further 18 minutes.
One of the main factors that can sometimes separate the amateurs from the pros in this test, is ensuring fatigue doesn’t play a part in the final four minute effort where the efforts from the sprints may still be lingering.
You can try the test out for yourself if you have access to a Wattbike, as the exact protocol is loaded onto the latest update of any Wattbike around the world.