Ramp Test in ERG mode

I have no idea what I should be experiencing doing the ramp test in ERG mode, will feel harder each step up or does my target power just go up each level. I am never sure I am actually doing the test right. I have just got a smart trainer but not really sure I am using it correctly…

In Erg mode, the trainer will increase the resistance to match the target power with each successive step of the workout.

You just keep it in the same gear, and spin consistently until you hit the wall and can no longer keep going.

Generally, the total test lasts anywhere from 20-30mins. It should feel pretty easy for the first 7-8 steps, then get a little harder, and then the last 3-4 steps are a real test of mental and physical stamina. Hold on and stay steady as long as you can!

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ok, but do I feel the resistance getting harder for each step or do I more just up the power target, I did one in ERG the other day and I didn’t think it felt like each step was harder than then last in the way it felt, I just upped the power each step up. Sorry I am probably asking ridiculously stupid questions but I don’t want to keep doing it if I am not doing it right

Thanks for replying

The steps early on won’t feel all that much harder. But as you approach the white line (current FTP), the resistance should start to feel more and more uncomfortable.

You shouldn’t have to adjust or increase anything. The ERG mode of your smart trainer should be doing all this for you. Your job is to hold on and pedal as smoothly and consistently as possible.

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cool thanks, I think it felt really easy as my current FTP was really low, probably not right, and I think that might be the issue. Now my FTP has increased considerably, apparently, so I will do it again and see if I can feel anything different - the last test I did I gave up eventually as I was pedalling so hard and fast and it was still too easy I felt I could not keep doing that indefinitely.

I will give it a go and see where I get, thanks for your help.

This can sometimes affect results… what trainer and what gearing are you using?

Gi-Gi, another thing you should make sure you’re doing before riding is to do a “Spin Down” to make sure the trainer is calibrated. Nothing worse then working out with an out-of-calibrated trainer.


I have calibrated the trainer I am in small cog on the front and middle on reverse to keep the chain straightish and I don’t change gear. I think the first time I did it on the new trainer ERG was not working I managed to get a really good FTP. Then I had a “too high” FTP which made the ramp test hard to do. I have done so many ramp tests now I am tiring myself out I am going to stick with the lower one I did this morning and just start my programme next week. I might do something else rather than yet another ramp test on day 1,not sure what though.

Sorry if being a rookie girly TR beginner is making ask loads of obvious questions but I want to get it right.

Thank you

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Yep I did that after the guy at TR helped me sort that out.


Nothing to apologize for at all. This forum is all about learning and improving, even test taking is part of that.


Bringing this thread back to life, as I experienced the same thing as the OP. I’ve done many FTP tests in the past, but this was my first with a smart trainer (Kickr Snap). I did the test in ERG mode, but it felt like there was very little to no resistance while doing the test. I got to the point where I was in my 11t ring on my cassette and it said I was doing around 30-34 mph at 100+ cadence. I have done many many workouts in ERG mode and it felt like ERG was not activated. I did a spindown right before I started the test and I zero’d out my Powertap P1 pedals for my powermatch.

Can someone from TrainerRoad look at my logs from my test last night and see if there was something wrong? I also had Trainer Road stop responding right near the end of my test :tired_face: so I had to tried to keep going, but the test was a failure because I had a ‘Zero’ reading for about 15-20 seconds while the sensors tried to re-attach.

Has anyone else had this problem, where it says its in ERG mode, but you don’t feel like the resistance is increasing. I tried keeping a steady cadence, but the power kept falling below the target number until I would increase my cadence or switch to a higher gear (which I never do during workouts).

Thanks in advance for any help.

Done! Thanks for the note.

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