A Question about V02 Max

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Gem
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by Gem

Can anyone shed some light on the relevance of V02 Max to cycling performance?

Following a few tests (same tester, same protocol) happily enough mine's increasing but unlike FTP I'm unsure of what relevance that has to performance. I've a feeling that a high V02 max is just that and nothing more.

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mattyb95
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by mattyb95

Google is your friend, got this from Wikipedia.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/VO2_max

Gem
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by Gem

Bad phrasing on my behalf, I know what V02 max is.

I was thinking in terms of breaking it down to training with a power meter. Does a higher V02 max mean that you've more room to push FTP up for example?

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by Tapeworm

Your power at threshold as a percentage of VO2max is more telling.

A good VO2max is often a good indicator of potential performance but there are plenty of cyclists who's VO2max is not that high but sustained power is awesome. Conversely there are some who have VO2max through the roof but don't translate well to endurance cycling.
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by bricky21

In theory how high could FTP go as a percentage of VO2 max?

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by Tapeworm

Don't have any definitive numbers but ballpark would be about 95%. That is highly variable given the nature of how VO2max is calculated (see above link). But working off memory here and happy to be clarified on that one.
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