Reliability of a 2-bout exercise test on a wattbike cycle ergometer

Int J Sports Physiol Perform. 2014 Mar;9(2):340-5. doi: 10.1123/ijspp.2013-0103. Epub 2013 Aug 6.

Abstract

Purpose: To determine the intraday and interday reliability of a 2 × 4-min performance test on a cycle ergometer (Wattbike) separated by 30 min of passive recovery (2 × 4MMP).

Methods: Twelve highly trained cyclists (mean ± SD; age = 20 ± 2 y, predicted VO2max = 59.0 ± 3.6 mL · kg-1 · min-1) completed six 2 × 4MMP cycling tests on a Wattbike ergometer separated by 7 d. Mean power was measured to determine intraday (test 1 [T1] to test 2 [T2]) and interday reliability (weeks 1-6) over the repeated trials.

Results: The mean intraday reliabilities of the 2 × 4MMP test, as expressed by the typical error of measurement (TEM, W) and coefficient of variation (CV, %) over the 6 wk, were 10.0 W (95% confidence limits [CL] 8.2-11.8), and 2.6% (95%CL 2.1-3.1), respectively. The mean interday reliability TEM and CV for T1 over the 6 wk were 10.4 W (95%CL 8.7-13.3) and 2.7% (95%CL 2.3-3.5), respectively, and 11.7 W (95%CL 9.8-15.1) and 3.0% (95%CL 2.5-3.9) for T2.

Conclusion: The testing protocol performed on a Wattbike cycle ergometer in the current study is reproducible in highly trained cyclists. The high intraday and interday reliability make it a reliable method for monitoring cycling performance and for investigating factors that affect performance in cycling events.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Athletic Performance*
  • Bicycling*
  • Equipment Design
  • Exercise Test / instrumentation*
  • Humans
  • Muscle Contraction*
  • Muscle Strength
  • Muscle, Skeletal / metabolism
  • Muscle, Skeletal / physiology*
  • Oxygen Consumption
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Time Factors
  • Young Adult