We all know that experience from using the FTP generated via the Ramp test can and does vary. The 0.75 reduction doesn’t necessarily “work” for everyone with respect to setting appropriate training zones.
There are countless threads related to this discussion, but I wonder if there is a way to move past the “0.75 for all” and add some automatic intelligence in potential adjustments (up or down).
Could using the current or recent power curve of the rider serve as a guide as to whether the the 0.75 is appropriate or a slight adjustment may serve certain power curve profiles better? This may parallel the methods of identifying the “rider type” as done in various test and what we see in The Sufferfest in particular.
I know that there can be pitfalls in judging from past efforts and how that may well be limiting. But we see a large number of posts related to how the Ramp “doesn’t work” for a number of riders. TR knows this and settled on a single value to apply to all riders.
Maybe they have the data in hand to review when that primary value doesn’t work for the riders outside the bell curve they reviewed, and could make a suggestion for a different value based on known past data? The whole analysis of that is well above my knowledge level with respect to the actual physiology and such. Just had the thought and figured it would be worth mentioning to see if smarter people have better suggestions.