Whats a performance benchmark and why do one?
A test used to measure a riders ability with respect to their goals.
A benchmark can be used to inform training methods, for example the information from a ramp test can be used to set training zones.
Why is a benchmark useful if i have a powermeter?
The information from a benchmark test will make sure you are using the right field tests with your powermeter.
Some tests are difficult to complete by yourself correctly. A coach can glean information from tests which a rider is unaware of, such as breathing, RPE and pedalling steadiness.
Field test vs Wattbike test?
A field test is a test carried out on similar terrain and bike to that you will be racing on. A field test useful in addition to a Wattbike test, when a Wattbike test is carried out Michael will also advise what field tests are appropriate.
Is a test on a Wattbike specific to racing?
Due to the tactical/technical elements of racing, data from races is not usually a repeatable benchmark for physical ability. Alongside a field test a Wattbike test can make a repeatable and race specific benchmark test.