Bike handling skills: The skillset that deals with the unexpected whilst out riding, including riding with one or no hands, drinking from a water bottle, taking off a piece of clothing, and reacting to obstacles. A rider who is skilled at bike handling will be a safer rider. And, if they're comfortable and confident with their bike and in tune with its handling, braking, and accelerating characteristics, they can put more energy into their riding.
Cadence: The number of times during one minute that a pedal stroke is completed. Also known pedal revolution per minute (rpm).
Cardiovascular drift: The upward drift of heart rate over time, coupled with a progressive decline in stroke volume and the continued maintenance of cardiac output.
Cardiovascular system: The organ system that circulates blood and nutrients around the body.
FTP: FTP stands for Functional Threshold Power and is a simple way to measure your current cycling fitness levels. FTP is measured in watts and is the maximum average power you can sustain for 60 minutes or 95% of your average power for a 20 minute test.
Indoor training sessions: Our structured training sessions that are specifically designed for cyclists and involve various endurance, power, and speed work to help improve stamina for longer rides, strength for climbing, and power to sustain peloton surges or breakaways.
Normalised Power: Average power reading, measured in watts, which stabilises all the stopping and starting out on the road and compensates for any changes in riding conditions to give you a more accurate power output reading for the duration of your outdoor ride.
Pedal technique: How you apply force throughout the pedal stroke. Analysis can determine any imbalances between your left and right leg distribution of power and any flat spots in your pedal stroke.
Power: The combination of speed and strength. Measured in Watts.
Power meter: A device fitted on a bike that measures the power output of the rider.
Training zones: Training zones are individual to everyone. The different zones give an indication of effort levels and workout intensities. You can establish training zones for both power and heart rate off the back of completing an FTP test.
Watt: A measurement of power produced. It tells how much force is applied to the pedals.