Just thought I would share this for those of whom, like me, do not believe that the Ramp Test correlates well to FTP.
I did the Ramp Test this morning - 314 (https://www.trainerroad.com/career/john%20barclay/rides/41610576-eichorn). This is down from 321 before a week off for a vacation. But immediately afterwards I did 2x20min at 340W (https://www.trainerroad.com/career/john%20barclay/rides/41610576-eichorn). I should note that Powermatch was struggling hitting the target power in the last few minutes of the Ramp Test, and this may have cost me a few Watts on the FTP calculation.
I’ve known for a while that my steady state abilities are much stronger than anything related to V02max. Therefore I believe the Ramp Test gives a decent snapshot of my current V02max capabilities and I will uses my Ramp Test FTP to guide real V02max efforts (ex. 110% and above); however, an FTP of around 340 should guide Endurance/SS/Threshold efforts.
This also suggests that I need to specifically train V02max in order for me to see improvements to my Ramp Test FTP…which risks specifically training to improve this number as opposed to increasing power relevant to what I want to do out on the road (hill climbs!).
So I think I will continue to do Ramp Tests as a way of measuring V02 max improvement and set my FTP to what I can do for Threshold efforts for the sake of more accurate IF and TSS tracking.
Just some food for thought for those who are discouraged/confused by their Ramp Test results!