Ramp test too easy?

If you complete all 15 stages of the Ramp Test as written and have a baseline FTP of 200W, your FTP will only increase to 204W (75% of 272W which is the last 1-minute stage). Even if you have a baseline FTP of 300W and you complete the entire test, you would only see your FTP increase to 306W.

My question is: Why isn’t there an ability to go further above this level during the Ramp Test? If you put in a good training block, wouldn’t you expect your FTP to increase by more than 4-6W?

The ramp test is impossible to complete. It will simply add more steps as you go.

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Yes, as mentioned, the Ramp test is “special”. It will add as many steps as needed until the rider stops pedaling. Some have ridden as long as 50+ minutes.

  • So, the answer is that there IS the ability to go further.

One example of 30+ mins:

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:exploding_head: :skull_and_crossbones:

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Ah, I see now. So even though the test appears to have only 15 stages, it will automatically add more if you can match the power output. Makes sense! Thanks, all!

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