• Mark Turnbull

INSCYD PPD - A revolution of performance diagnostics

When it comes to physiological parameters, field tests with powermeters have - up to now - been of very limited use only. Lab diagnostics were needed to measure aerobic and anaerobic capacities, and fat and carbohydrate combustion rate. Field testing could – at best - estimate only the athlete’s FTP values, resulting in a very insufficient way of benchmarking performance. The biggest gap with this approach – all context of understanding how complex human performance truly is. This has changed! Introducing INSCYD’s Power-Performance Decoder (PPD).

Remote testing – full 360° athletic performance profile within minutes

The Power-Performance Decoder allows coaches to test athletes remotely: outdoor or indoor. Test on their time, as part of their typical training schedule. Testing is done as part of a regular training session, alone on the road or trainer. The coach receives the powermeter files of the test session and inputs the data in INSCYD’S scientifically validated software.

The first software to combine physiological lab data AND field testing power data

PPD is the first and only tool combining physiological lab data (lactate values or VO2 captured in the lab or field) with field-tested powermeter data. Up to now, athletes went to a performance diagnostics lab for a lactate or VO2max test for physiological data. Next, a coach might have them ride a power duration test, outdoors or on a trainer. The problem? Test results stood separately, without a way to melt them together. There was no way to capture a complete performance profile. The same athlete was “running on two systems”, until now.

PPD changes this!

By merging physiological test data and field derived powermeter data, it enables coaches and athletes to see – for the first time - how the bodies energy systems work together, and how they are to be looked at as a complete unit.

Thoroughly tested by pro teams and coaches

Derived and based only on fundamental, peer reviewed basic science, INSCYD’s Power-Performance Decoder is used by the highest ranked cyclists and triathletes around the world. Over the last few months, PPD has been beta tested by pro teams CCC Team, JUMBO-VISMA, Alpecin-Fenix, SEG Racing as well as by many WorldTour coaches and coaching businesses. Testing and benchmarking has been done in direct comparison to lactate- and lab testing, ensuring top-level accuracy is guaranteed, AND validated.

PPD offers up the following data

• Maximum aerobic performance (VO2max)

• Maximum glycolytic performance (VLamax)

• Accumulation and recovery of lactate

• Fat and Carbohydrate combustion rates

• Aerobic vs. anaerobic energy contribution ratios