Reliability of Time to Exhaustion Above the Power Output at VO2peak in Trained Mountain Bikers
International Journal of Exercise Science 16(4): 654-664, 2023. To our knowledge, no study has investigated the reliability of the time to exhaustion (TTE) test during constant-load trials in Olympic distance cross-country mountain bike (XCO-MTB) athletes. Thus, the aim was to analyze the reliability of the TTE test at intensities above peak oxygen uptake (VO2peak) in trained XCO-MTB athletes. Fifteen male XCO-MTB athletes (mean ± SD: age 31.5 ± 6.6 years, stature 174.0 ± 5.4 cm, body mass 67.2 ± 5.1 kg, VO2peak 64.5 ± 4.7 mL∙kg-1∙min-1) completed 2 TTE tests on the cycle ergometer with 4 different intensities above the maximal work rate in the incremental test (Wmax) (105%, 120%, 130%, and 140% of Wmax). There was moderate reliability between TTE tests at 105% (intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) = 0.81, p ≤ 0.001; coefficient of variation (CV) = 9.1%; standard error of measurement (SEM) = 18.3%), and 120% (ICC = 0.88, p ≤ 0.001; CV = 6.6%; SEM = 9.3%) Wmax. For intensities of 130% (ICC = 0.53, p = 0.018; CV = 9.2%; SEM = 15.8%) and 140% (ICC = 0.56, p = 0.012; CV = 12.2%; SEM = 13.5%) Wmax, the reliability results proved to be questionable. In addition, no significant differences were found between the 2 TTE tests in all intensities (p > 0.05). Caution should be taken when assessing TTE above VO2peak or when using it as a performance indicator, given its moderate to questionable reliability.
Inoue, Allan; Lattari, Eduardo; Carmo, Everton; Oliveira, Bruno; Silva, Elirez; and Santos, Tony
"Reliability of Time to Exhaustion Above the Power Output at VO2peak in Trained Mountain Bikers,"
International Journal of Exercise Science: Vol. 16
4, Pages 654 - 664.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.wku.edu/ijes/vol16/iss4/13