The key to progress is measuring it. We have developed the most advanced and accurate way to measure your performance along your journey in cycling.
FORM Factor (FF):
This is a KPI that CINCH created as part of the FORM Performance Method to determine a true quantitative performance predictor in relation to your Rider Type. The previous standard, Power/Weight Ratio, is an inaccurate measure of performance for the following reasons:
The PW Ratio loses effectiveness as a performance predictor as the gradient of the terrain decreases.
The PW Ratio does not take in account the real performance zones that are used in competitive riding.
The PW Ratio is relative to only on steady state riding. Competitive cycling is all about changes in pace, changes in zones, and disruptive riding.
The PW Ratio would be the best predictor for Time Trials, however, most Time Trials take place on flat and rolling terrain where Power is superior to low weight.
FORM Factor is a new quantitive measurement that factors in all of your Ten PowerTrain Zones, emphasizing to the Zones that are used in all competitive scenarios, while also factoring in your body weight. The result is both the athlete and coach having a number that can accurately predict their physical performance ability. This number can be used in event planning, WorldTour Periodization planning, as well as overall athlete ability long/short term targets.
Deflection Point (DP):
The FORM Deflection Point is an important KPI because we use it as the reference point to place and create your PowerTrain Zones from. We calculate the FORM DP by looking at your body’s reaction in during a certain exertion. We determine a certain PowerTrain Zone to be your deflection point, which is essentially the limit your body to produce high performance, high octane power for a critical period of time. When your effort crosses this point, your body is limited to output as it produces an excess of lactate it can clear. The DP is an important KPI because we use it as the reference point to determine where your PowerTrain Zones are.
Short Term Ceiling (STC):
This a pivotal component of our Data KPI system. We use this measurement to determine the path we are going to take for your progression. With this number we are able to accurately determine which PowerTrain Zones will need immediate and long term attention in our WT Periodization System.
Potential Deflection Point (PDP):
This our infamous (behind the scenes) plateau buster! Our quantitive measurement of where we can raise your Deflection Point (FORM Threshold) with your current muscular and cardiovascular system. This number becomes our first short-term target reference point. While the FORM Threshold is not our focus, all of the PowerTrain Zones are, we will use this reference point to quantify our progression.
The PDP is also used as an indicator of how we need to drive your progression using the WT Periodization System. If your current FORM Threshold is far from your PDP, then we will need to focus more on improving your cardiovascular system. If your current FORM Threshold is close to your PDP, then that means we will need to focus our work on your muscular strength. Overall, using the PDP enables us to make sure you never hit a plateau in your progress while enabling us to chose the most effective WT Periodization path to take.
FORM Potential Score (PS):
This is our measurement on how far you are off of your current physical potential. The larger the number the greater the distance from where you are currently functioning as a cyclist and your potential. It is important to note that our objective in CINCH is first to take you to your Potential and then beyond it. Our training methodology enables us to create new potential while we are bringing you to your current. In general, smaller or more experienced riders will have smaller Potential Scores. Smaller riders produce less power and small improvements in output result in large improvements in performance. Also, experienced riders usually have trained one way for a very long time and they come to us maxed out up against their current potential. So if you have a low FORM Potential Score, it just means our initial focus will be raising your STC. Please do not think you have no place to go. A top WorldTour Pro sits against a small FORM Potential Score their whole career despite making big performance improvements year after year.