What makes VeloPro different?

Most training “systems” make you purchase a written plan. While those may work, they have limitations when it comes to schedule changes, hours available for training, and unexpected illness or fatigue. VeloPro takes all of these factors into consideration and adjusts your training load dynamically.

Why is VeloPro better?

VeloPro uses proven human endurance performance modeling science to create training plans specifically for each individual.

What is a champion of mediocrity?

A CofM is a rider who reaches a plateau but continues to do the same type of training. That rider never gets worse, but also does not improve. That rider is awesome at being average.

Do I need a power meter to use VeloPro?

No. The Enthusiast plan is specifically for people who do not have power meters. For these users, VeloPro employs sophisticated physics formulas to estimate your power, in watts, for every second of your ride. It then uses that information to assess your ride load and build your future plans. VeloPro combines measurements of cadence, speed, distance, and elevation (note that only speed is required) from your cycle computer to calculate power and we have found our estimates to be very accurate for training planning.

Measuring is always better, and so a power meter is a great tool to use when developing a plan and/or analyzing ride data. VeloPro's Pro plan makes use of a power meter but will estimate watts if your ride file does not include watts. Note that VeloPro highlights estimated watts on the Ride Analysis page so you know whether VeloPro is working with actual or estimated watts.

Is VeloPro a substitute for a coach?

Nope. VeloPro will help your coach manage your overall aerobic program. VeloPro ensures you stay on track while allowing your coach to spend time giving you the tangible benefits of coaching - solving problems, managing goal-setting, and optimizing your mental game.

What file types does VeloPro accept?

VeloPro accepts .fit and .tcx file types. VeloPro also supports bulk download from Strava and TrainingPeaks Premium athlete accounts.

I’m a coach. How can I use VeloPro to help my athletes?

By optimizing your athletes’ periodization schedule, helping you monitor their Target Training Load/Actual Training Load ratios, and streamlining their workout prescription, VeloPro will allow you to spend more time actually coaching - helping your athletes stay focused, set goals, and solve problems.

What is the difference between Enthusiast and Pro?

Enthusiast is specifically for people who do not have power meters. VeloPro employs a sophisticated physics formula to estimate your power, in watts, for every second of your ride. It then uses that information to assess your ride load and build your future plans. Note that we have found our estimates to be very accurate for training planning. Pro is for people who have power meters.

All VeloPro plans guide you towards achieving your Target Functional Threshold Power (FTP) with a dynamically adjusting, adaptive training plan. You get daily workouts and full ride analysis, along with a host of other features we’ll be rolling out soon.

How does VeloPro know what’s best for me?

VeloPro takes not only what you think you can do, but what you actually can do and plans your workout schedule accordingly. As your strengths adjust, VeloPro adjusts your workouts so that you keep improving.

Will VeloPro make me more attractive?

Absolutely. You’ll be fitter, faster, and less stressed. That’s attractive!

Does VeloPro have branded cycling kit that I can buy?

It's on the way. Email us and we'll keep you informed.

Does VeloPro have a recommended workout playlist?

Not an official one, but Ak is a huge fan of The Clash. Backbeats are good for bike riders.

Are you trying to put coaches out of business?

No way! We’re trying to make your coach’s job easier. By streamlining their workout prescription, VeloPro allows coaches to spend more time actually coaching - helping you stay focused, set goals, and solve problems.

I found a bug with VeloPro. What should I do?

Help us improve VeloPro and report the bug by writing us. Please include as many specifics about what you did before the bug popped up, include screenshots where possible, and let us know if you would like to be kept in the loop while we track down and squish the bug.

Why did you develop VeloPro?

We started VeloPro as the next generation in online training tools. Most providers sell static training plans that fail to account for things like illness, injury, and everyday life (unplanned weekends with the in-laws, anyone?). We decided to leverage developments in the science of human performance modeling and build a system that helps you get the most from your training, no matter what your schedule. Plus, we want to bring riders together. Stay tuned to see how we do that...

When will VeloPro implement X feature?

We are constantly working to enhance VeloPro functionality as well as add useful and interesting features. Our development team works to a strict schedule of deployment. So, if we’ve indicated we’re releasing something, you’ll see it soon. If you have a feature in mind that you'd like to see, let us know.

What is periodization?

Simply stated, periodization is a systematic build of fitness, divided into areas of specific training, with the goal of reaching a fitness peak at a specific time. Here’s the lowdown: Wikipedia on Periodization

Is VeloPro based on research or Voodoo?

A bit of both. Seriously, it’s based on peer-reviewed, publicly-available, proven science. Endurance sport training has traditionally been a mix of Old World experience and good-ole’ trial and error. VeloPro leverages the latest in human performance modeling research. As the science develops and research progresses, so does VeloPro.

How does VeloPro know what sort of workouts I need?

When you upload your power data, select your goals, and select your goal type, VeloPro draws from a library of workouts best suited to your goals, abilities, and the period of your training cycle.

What kind of rider am I?

We can help you find out. On a very basic level, cyclists can be divided into two types - Rouleurs and Sprinters. Your uploaded data will help determine what you’re inclined to excel at. Keep in mind that, as humans, we’re all basically endurance animals!

What is a Rouleur?

A Rouleur is a steady power rider. They can go the distance, and maintain a steady output over long periods of time. Rouleurs are traditionally good time trialists. Physiologically, Rouleurs are characterized by a comparatively high percentage of Type 1 muscle fibers.

What is a sprinter?

A Sprinter is a short-burst powerhouse. Sprinters can recover quickly between hard accelerations but sometimes struggle with extended efforts. Physiologically, Sprinters are characterized by a comparatively high percentage of Type 2 muscle fibers.

How does VeloPro calculate estimated watts?

VeloPro uses a formula based on the physics of riding a bike on Earth, i.e. with specific gravity and physical forces. At a high level, the formula sums the power required to overcome aerodynamic resistance (including wheel rotation), rolling resistance, wheel bearing friction, changes in potential energy, changes in kinetic energy and drive chain friction. VeloPro uses your weight (as specified in your profile or during a ride upload) plus the weight of your selected bike, and applies this formula to every second of your ride file data (i.e. only "speed" data is required) to come up with estimated watts. While the formula will never be as accurate as a power meter, it is pretty darn accurate.

When should I manually adjust my ride load number?

Under certain circumstances, the formula for calculating Estimated Watts will underestimate your Ride Load. These circumstances include particularly windy rides, rides that are all downhill, or rides with a heavy wind in only one direction. So, we've made it possible to manually adjust your Ride Load so that your training stays on target. To do this, simply enter a number that better describes the load from your ride in the Ride Load field of the ride upload or edit page.

How do I set up my device?

Generally, it’s best to set the recording of data to “1 sec recording” and to set “Auto Pause” to OFF. You may also find it helpful to set up an “interval screen” with data fields dedicated to your intervals.

What is Functional Threshold Power (FTP)?

Functional Threshold Power (FTP) is the maximum sustainable power output one can maintain for 60 minutes. VeloPro uses your FTP to calculate your training loads.

What is Normalized Power?

A power averaging calculation used to compensate for changes in ride conditions for a more accurate depiction of power expenditure. Normalized power shows you a good picture of what your power over a given duration would be were you able to deliver it completely smoothly.

What is my Default FTP? How does this get set and change over time?

Your Default FTP (Functional Threshold Power) is the number you initially entered as your Default FTP number. After you ride your first CP Test, VeloPro uses the adjusted CP Test results (CP Test minus 5%) in place of your Default FTP. If you don't have power meter, calculate your Default FTP using the Friel method as follows:
  1. Double your body weight in pounds (1 kg = 2.2 lbs). Example: A body weight of 154 pounds (70 kg) estimates an FTP of 308 watts (154 x 2 = 308).
  2. Subtract 0.5% for every year beyond age 35. Example: If the above 154-pound rider is 50 years old he would subtract 7.5% from 308 (50 – 35 = 15 x 0.005 = 0.075). This would predict an FTP of 285 (308 x 0.075 = 23.1, 308 – 23.1 = 284.9).
  3. Women riders can subtract 10% from the estimated FTP as found in steps 1 and 2 above. Example: A 120-pound (54.5-kg) woman who is 40 years old would have an estimated FTP of 211 watts (120 x 2 = 240, 240 – 2.5% = 234, 234 – 10% = 210.6).
The first ride of the season marked as a CP Test will be used to calculate the starting FTP value for the entire season. This is because the formula for predicting FTP over time needs a stable beginning point. All rides marked as CP Tests throughout the season contribute to improving the accuracy of your predicted FTP. However, they do not alter the Default FTP like the first CP Test of the season does. Conversely, VeloPro calculates training loads from the most recent CP Test. The Training Progress graph is based on having at least 5 CP Tests (and at least 20 rides) in the past 200 days.

What is the best way to do a CP Test?

For regular CP Tests, consistency is key. Here are some tips:
  1. Get a good warmup - VeloPro will guide you through a consistent warmup before each test.
  2. Use the same course - It's a good idea to use the same (or similar) terrain for each test. This way there is better consistency in your results over time.
  3. Start gently - Starting too hard will cause you to lose steam towards the end. Your start should be in zone 3, at the most. What you save in the first few minutes will serve you well towards the end.
  4. Avoid looking at your power meter - Focus on your effort and not the numbers. The idea is to do your best and not to stay in a particular zone.
  5. Leave it on the road - The idea is to try to do your best. Sometimes your CP Test will be integrated into a longer workout. Do your CP Test in the early part of the workout and don't "save" anything for later. Do your best!

Why does marking a ride as a “CP Test" not change anything?

VeloPro uses the Default FTP as specified in your Profile settings to 1) calculate your predicted FTP, 2) set your workout load and wattage ranges, and 3) calculate training loads of your uploaded rides. The first ride of the season marked as a CP Test will replace your specified default FTP for the entire season. This is because the formula for predicting FTP over time requires a stable starting point. All rides marked as CP Tests throughout the season contribute to improving the accuracy of the predicted FTP. However, they do not alter the starting FTP like the first ride of the season.

Why does my predicted FTP jump suddenly after my goal?

This happens for a couple of reasons. First, as you approach your goal, your taper allows you to rest well and gain from the training you've done, thereby allowing you to be on top form for your event. Secondly, your event imposes a significant training load on your body. The Banister Equation, a derivative of which we use to predict your performance, handles this the same way as it would a large hit of training - follow it with rest and your body will respond with fitness.

Can I upload past rides and use them as benchmarks?

Yes, you can upload past training rides and use them as benchmarks. All uploaded activities with sufficient data to produce an associated load value will impact your predicted FTP (since those loads have an impact on your physiological system). In addition, current season rides you mark as "CP Tests" will alter the curve of your predicted FTP as these rides represent actual observations of your maximum effort for 20 minutes.

I want to complete my goal event in 4 hours, but VeloPro designates 5.5 hours. Why the discrepancy?

Event time goals are only an estimate, based on your type of event (Century, Cyclocross, etc). VeloPro bases its load prediction on the type of event you're training for and, as such, the actual time that it takes for you to complete the event is of secondary consideration.

How do I know that my credit card will be safe with VeloPro?

Every interaction with VeloPro uses bank-level encryption and highly secure connections. All of your information is kept under your control, and is kept private unless explicitly shared with your coach or another person by you. All of your data is stored securely in separated systems. All sensitive data is securely cleaned from our systems as soon as it is no longer needed. All passwords are stored using advanced encryption techniques that are far better than required by any security compliance program.
Our hosting provider maintains active SOC1, SOC2, PCI DSS Level 1, and ISO 27001 certifications to ensure the highest levels of both physical and virtual security. Third party audits are conducted yearly to ensure the highest levels of logical and physical security, change management controls, incident handling and response, data integrity, availability and redundancy.

Who will VeloPro share my data with?

Nobody. Except your coach, if you have given him or her permission. Read our Privacy Policy for the nitty gritty.

How much does it cost to join VeloPro?

It’s a fantastic value. See our pricing options here.

Why does it cost that much?

It doesn’t, actually. Compared to what you would pay for a static, cookie-cutter training plan, it’s pretty reasonable.

I signed up with the wrong email and didn't receive a confirmation. What next?

Please contact support with the name you used to register, your email (both the correct and incorrect ones), the date you signed up, and the last 4 digits of the credit card you used. We'll verify this information, change your email address, and issue you a new confirmation email.