The full test protocol is as follows:
Do a standardised 15 minute warm up. The recommend WU is a progressive build up where athletes ramp it a little higher every 3 mins and then end in a 10sec sprint.
Then do a maximal 3 min effort. That means, go out as hard as possible and hang on. If they have access to power or speed then try to hang on to a speed they cannot sustain for 2 mins and then keep pedalling. The idea is that they cannot ramp it up at the end of the 3 min effort.
Have a 30 min rest. Have some food or gel or drink.
Then do a 12 min paced effort. This isn't like the 3 min effort but they should be on the red line the whole way. Again, they shouldnt be able to ramp it up at the end but they shouldn't be dying.
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