It’s common to be curious about how your power output or FTP compares with other people, or to wonder what counts as “normal”. This post should answer some of those questions based on data from thousands of people who have used Cycling Analytics.
In this post, we’ll look at what people say their FTP is, and then look at the best efforts that people have actually achieved for a handful of durations. All data is shown for males and females in watts and watts per kilogram. Be prepared to see a lot of charts and tables and numbers.
It’s worth saying a few words about Cycling Analytics users, because they aren’t a perfectly random sampling of cyclists or people overall. The best term that I can think of is that Cycling Analytics users are “serious cyclists”. All the data here comes from people with power meters, and about half of Cycling Analytics users race regularly.
Firstly, let’s look at what people say their FTP is. FTP, or functional threshold power, is nominally the power output that can be sustained for one hour. All the data below and more is shown to Cycling Analytics users in interactive charts on the athlete statistics page, so consider creating an account if this is interesting.
There have been a number of updates recently.
There is now an ideas section for submitting new ideas for the site and voting on them. If you have any ideas for new things this site could do, or ideas for how existing features could be improved, feel free to submit them, and also vote on existing ideas that you are interested in. You can “supervote” on your favourite item, which is worth five points instead of the usual one. (You can only have one “supervote” at a time, but you can change which item you’ve “supervoted” for.)
Gear shifting data is now read from FIT files and this can be shown on the main ride chart and on the Gear shifts chart near the bottom of the page. This chart shows the time spent in each gear, and a histogram of cadence for any gear.
A couple of new features were added to Cycling Analytics today. The main one is the ability to create training plan sequences, which means a sequence of workouts can be saved to the training plan library that can then be added to athlete calendars. This can make creating training plans much simpler when there is repetition.
There are now two tabs in the training plan library. The first is for workouts, which is the only thing that has been in the training plan library until now. The second is for sequences. Sequences can be constructed in the training plan library, or copied from the calendar when the workouts on the calendar also exist in the plan library. For coaches, the calendar that workouts are copied from is the one for the athlete whose calendar they are looking at when they bring up the training plan library.
Once added to the library, sequences are shown at the top of the list of training plans and can be drag-and-dropped onto the calendar, just like workouts. (And there’s an undo button to make life easier if you accidentally add fifty plans starting on the wrong day.)
The training plan library can be exported and imported as a CSV file. This makes it possible to export the library, edit it in Excel, use… continue reading
There have been a few noteworthy changes recently beyond the integration of Garmin Connect. In one sentence: The power history chart has been added, laps can now be edited, Garmin Connect users can choose to only have cycling activities imported, and there is an option for the calendar to show plan titles rather than ride titles when they’re linked.
The power history chart shows the best efforts and how they vary over time. By default, it shows the best three five minute efforts (in terms of average power) for each month. It’s quite flexible and isn’t hard to configure to show, for example, the best five efforts of ten minutes for each 60 day period.
It’s now possible to edit laps. This can be done with the “edit ride” page. New laps can be added, unwanted laps can be deleted, and lap times can be adjusted.
There is now an option to only import cycling activities with Garmin Connect. This option is found on the “linked accounts” page. When used, Cycling Analytics ignores FIT files coming from Garmin Connect that are tagged as anything other than cycling, such as running and golf. (Someday, Cycling Analytics will be able to properly handle other activity types.)
Finally, there is a new option for the calendar to always show… continue reading
Cycling Analytics now works with Garmin Connect. Rides uploaded to Garmin Connect are automatically imported to Cycling Analytics when users link their Cycling Analytics accounts with their Garmin Connect accounts. Many Garmin devices are able to automatically import activities to Garmin Connect, making this a very easy way to get rides into Cycling Analytics.
To use this, head over to the Linked Accounts page and click the “Connect” button for Garmin Connect. Once this process is completed, rides will be automatically imported to Cycling Analytics.
Note that the first time a new ride is added to Garmin Connect after linking accounts, this ride and all others from the previous thirty days will be imported into Cycling Analytics. This may result in duplicates, especially if rides were imported from Strava. If so, these can be easily deleted from the rides table.
A handful of changes have been made to this site recently. Here’s a quick summary:
In more detail:
The recently introduced table of rides has two new features: Searching can now highlight rides that match the search instead of only showing rides that match the search, and a CSV representation of the data can be shown with the click of a button.
When showing CSV, the data can be separated by either commas or tabs (TSV). Tab separated data can be copy and pasted directly into Excel or other spreadsheets, while comma separated data can be saved in a plain text file and consumed by programs.
The power curve chart has been updated so that the time labels can be clicked on, which is equivalent to clicking on the chart at that time (so it “freezes” the chart at the given… continue reading
Here’s an easier way to make training plans. Plans can now be dragged directly from the training plan library and onto the calendar.
Clicking on “plan library” now reveals a list of training plans, which can be dragged and dropped onto the calendar. It’s normally taller than in the screenshot above, but I wanted a picture that includes the top and bottom. Holding the mouse over a plan for a moment reveals the details of the plan. Typing something into the “filter” searches for plans by title or group. Clicking on “show full editor” brings up what clicking on “plan library” used to.
The complete list of drag and drop operations supported on the calendar is:
If you don’t see the “plan library” button, it’s probably because you haven’t… continue reading
This update has been in the works for a while, but it’s finally ready. And it’s a big one. Here’s a summary of what’s new and improved:
Previously, there was the “new” calendar and the “old” list of rides. Now the calendar shows monthly power curve and training load summaries, the old list has been updated so it’s going to stay around, and there’s a new sortable and searchable table that is also useful for mass editing and deleting. The interface has been updated to make all these views easily accessible, and any can be set to the default view.
For touch screen users, the arrows in the header can now be clicked/touched without navigating to the top-level link (which affected the coaching menu and would have affected the rides menu.)
There are far more males than females who use this site, which has meant that there hasn’t been enough data to make decent comparative statistics charts for females. Now there is, so now there is a second set of charts for females that can be found under Athlete > Statistics.
The power curve chart for females looks particularly rough because of the lower number of people it’s based on. It’s similar to what the chart for males looked like when it was first added, but it will improve over time. The top group shown on the chart is the 90–95% bracket, leaving the top 5% not shown on the chart.
There is now a new top segment on the chart for males, which shows the 98th percentile, leaving only the top 1% not shown.
Quite a few improvements have been made to Flexicharts. The most obvious one is that there’s a “chart creator” button, which, when clicked, shows a simple interface that allows custom charts to be created with a few mouse clicks and no typing.
This chart creator isn’t able to create a lot of charts that can be entered directly as commands, but it makes it possible to build some charts with a quick and simple interface.
There are a lot more changes to Flexicharts beyond the chart creator.
The colour of points can be based on data by specifying
color as an axis.
chart().pwc170(0.5, 'y').epower_curve(1200, 'x').day_lts('color').color('blue-gold').x_axis(160, 360).y_axis(190, 420)