What Are Watts, and How Is Watts Calculated in Cycling?

Simply put, a “Watt” (W) is a unit of power. On a scientific level, it’s equivalent to one joule per second.

Watts are most commonly calculated for cyclists through the use of a power meter, which measures torque and cadence to display power output.

Read on to find out what Watts means for cycling power, why it’s such an important element of power to understand, and how this knowledge can be implemented in your training.

Critical Power: Is It A Better Test Of Cycling Fitness Than FTP?

When it comes to measuring the intensity of your cycling workouts or overall cycling training program, the most reliable metric to look at is your cycling power. Sure, there’s heart rate monitoring, speed, and cadence, but your cycling power measurement is far and away the most reliable and accurate measurement of your intensity or effort. … Read more