The objective of this Astrand Cycle Test is to monitor the development of the athlete’s aerobic endurance.
- Stationary bicycle ergometer (Monarch or similar)
- Heart rate monitor
- Stop watch
How to conduct the test
- Athlete to conduct a 10 minute warm up
- Athlete to fit heart rate monitor and check it is functioning
- Assistant to record resting heart rate
- Athlete to adjust the bicycle seat and handle bars
- Assistant to set initial work rate as follows
- Sedentary females >40 years – 150 kpm/min (25W)
- Sedentary females <40 years – 150 to 300 kpm/min (25 to 50W)
- Active females <40 years – 300 to 450 kpm/min (50 to 75W)
- Active females >40 years – 450 to 600 kpm/min (75 to 100W)
- Sedentary males <40 years – 150 to 300 kpm/min (25 to 50W)
- Sedentary males >40 years – 300 to 600 kpm/min (50 to 100W)
- Active males <40 years – 600 kpm/min (100W)
- Active males >40 years – 600 to 900 kpm/min (100 to 150W)
- Athlete starts exercising at the chosen work rate
- The assistant records the athlete’s heart rate each minute. It is usual to use the last 10 seconds of each minute (*6) as the value for that minute
- For participants > 40 years, if heart rate is < 120 bpm after 2 minutes of exercise, increase work rate by 150 to 300 kpm/min (25W to 50W). For participants < 40 years, if heart rate is < 130 bpm, after 2 minutes of exercise, increase work rate by 300 kpm/min (50W)
- Athlete to keep cycling for 6 minutes at the final work rate
- Stop the test if heart rate exceeds 170 bpm (or 85% of predicted maximum heart rate).
Mackenzie, Brian. 2005. 101 Perforamnce Evalution Test. Electric World Plc. London.