Who is VBike for? How does the indoor studio work? How do I get started? What is a FTP?

Who is VBike for?

VBike is for cyclists of all abilities and disciplines. We train roadies, triathletes, track cyclists and mountain bikers.

Whether you want to lose weight, achieve a personal best, complete an event like the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge or K2, sprint faster, smash the waterfront TT, ride socially, climb hills faster or get fit, we can help.

How does the studio work?

VBike operates like any other studio or gym, offering full memberships with unlimited access to our facilities and classes. There are also optons for those who just wish to attend a few classes here or there.

How do I get started?

Just sign up for your free intro which includes a free fitness consultation and assessment.

Why do I need to do a Funtional Threshold Power (FTP) assessment?

An FTP assessment provides your precise training zone, so your workouts can be personally tailored and you always get maximum value from your time in the saddle.

Technically, FTP is the greatest mean maximum power you can currentlyproduce for one hour on your bike. It’s without doubt the most important power metric.

Why is training to my FTP important?

Most of us tend to attack our cycling with a mix of under- and over-training. VBike’s approach helps you avoid this so you get more out of your time in the saddle.

FTP provides you with a precise training zone and also provides a marker for how your training is progressing.

What does an FTP test involve?

We test with a 20-minute controlled effort.

To do this we set your bike up on a special trainer in our studio and get you to ride for 20 minutes at your maximum effort. We then take your data and subtract 5% to determine what your output would be over 60 minutes – and this becomes your FTP.

You don’t need to train for your FTP test.

How often do I need to test my FTP?

When training at VBike, your aerobic fitness will increase every few weeks. This is especially true in the first few months after joining. That’s why it’s a good idea to test your FTP progress every 6-8 weeks so your training intensity always matches your current level of fitness.

Do I need to prepare for my FTP test?

You don’t need to train for the FTP test. The real training begins once you know your FTP.

What do I bring to my free intro?

  • The bike you ride most frequently (this can be a road bike, TT, MTB, commuter or any other full-sized bicycle)
  • Cycle shorts & a comfortable top
  • Gym bag with toiletries
  • 2 towels (one for the bike and one for the shower)

Ready to get on your bike?

Join us for a free intro (includes fitness assessment and tour).