Questions & Answers

Otakam - Granfondo

If you do not access to all your race results:
first check your Otakam registration details, which must match those that appear in your results: last name, first name and date of birth. If you have registered with wrong details, please send us a request for modification to the following address: contact@otakam.fr.
If your Otakam registration details are correct, they may be incorrect in the results of a race. Go to the « Manage my results » page and send us the information on your missing results (race, date, ranking).
– You may also have homonyms, which makes it more difficult to assign certain results. Go to the « Manage my results » page. You will be able to assign some results to yourself or send us a request to assign others.

Otakam rankings are based on the OTK Perf indicators (see Question/Answer on the calculation of the OTK index).
The OTK ranking is based on cyclosportives whereas the e-OTK ranking only takes into account virtual events on trainers.
The OTK rankings exist per year from 2015 and over the last 36 months. The current year’s ranking changes each time new race results are taken into account.
Sub-classifications by type of event are also proposed:
Moutain : D+/D higher than 20 (total ascent of more than 2000m for a distance of 100km)
Hilly : D+/D included in 10 and 20 (total ascent between 1000m and 2000m for a distance of 100km)
Flat: D+/D less than 10 (total ascent of less than 1000m for a distance of 100km)

Otakam offers three performance indicators, OTK Perf, e-OTK Index and OTK Index :

– Completely new, OTK Perf is representative of the performance achieved on a cyclosportive race or a virtual race on a trainer, regardless of distance, total ascent, level of participants, weather or race conditions. OTK Perf starts at 1 for the best cyclists and is not capped.

– Your OTK Index represents your cyclosport level taking into account your best OTK Perf achieved on cyclosportives. OTK Index starts at 1 for the best cyclists and is not capped. Only the best two thirds OTK Perf are taken into account, so that you won’t be penalized by a counter-performance, a puncture, a fall, or if you have done a race with friends or family members. A weighting factor takes into account the number of participants and the date of the events.

– Your e-OTK Index is calculated in the same way, but only takes into account the OTK Perf on virtual races on trainers.

The OTK and e-OTK Index are used to compile real and virtual OTK Rankings over a given period of time, calendar year or 36 months (see Question/Answer on OTK Rankings). These are the first global cyclosport rankings.

Your generation rank is your position (in percentage) within your « generation », i.e. the cyclists born the same year as you, one year before or one year after. With age, it is (unfortunately!) normal that your Otakam Index increases over the years (the lower the better). Fortunately, your generation rank can go up or down depending on your training, since it only takes into account people who are your age or close to it. For example, if you are among the top 13.1% of your generation, 13.1% of your generation’s cyclists have a better Otakam Index than yours.

Otakam badges and trophies are awarded according to your participation in the cyclosportive races:
Country and Region of the races
Main passes crossed
Number of raced during the year (> 1, 3, 5 or 10)
Cumulative km in the year (> 200, 500 or 1000)
Elevation ascent made in the year (D+> 5,000, 10,000, 15,000 or 20,000m)
Types of races (mountain, hilly or plain)
Outstanding races (D>160km or D+>3000m)

Otakam Trophies are awarded based on your OTK performance:
Performance improvement (compared to the last 2 races)
Best performance ever
Best performance in the year
Platinum, gold, silver, bronze or finisher medals
The criteria for awarding medals depends on your year of birth and gender. For a given year of birth, the distribution will be approximately :
Platinum: best 10%.
Gold: best 25%.
Silver: best 50%.
Bronze: best 75%.
Finishers: 100%

What are the Otakam platoons?

Otakam offers two pelotons:
– The peloton of your Friends, i.e. the members with whom you are connected to Otakam via the « My Friends » menu.
– The Peloton of your Challengers, i.e. the cyclists who have an Index similar to yours and who take part in more or less the same races as you.
The Pelotons are displayed on all the performance pages of a race or the Otakam rankings.
The Peloton of Friends is accessible to all Otakam members while the Peloton of Challengers is only displayed for Premium members.

What are the Otakam platoons?

Premium members have access to the following features:
– Access to the Statistics Page with a radar graph that allows to compare the performances of two Otakam members or your own performances over two different years, and to display your « Generation Rank » by year and at national or global level.
Complete display of all the results sheets of the events, instead of only the last one.
Detail of all Badges and Trophies, for all events, by year and all times.
– Display of the peloton of your challengers (peloton of 15 cyclists with an OTK Index similar to yours and participating mainly in the same races).
Filters by age in the rankings.
– On the events pages, the possibility to compare two participants.
Premium Members will also have free access to the beta-tests of the future Otakam applications we are working on.

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Otakam - Evaluation Performances

When you registered on the OTAKAM performance evaluation platform, you had to fill in some general and personal information:

Personal information is required to open an account (first name, last name, nationality, date of birth, e-mail address, etc.).

  • Some personal parameters will be used in the performance analysis (height, weight, bike weight, power parameters, heart rate parameters, …).
  • Your name and date of birth will also be used in the Cyclosport/Granfondo universe to give you the results of race events that you have completed.

The Summary Page allows the user and their coach, (if they have one), to view a brief summary of the volume of activity performed over time and by sport type e.g. cycling, running, and swimming.

The user can:

  • View by month the volume of activities performed in Distance, Duration, Effort Score or Total ascent gained.
  • Compare the activities performed to that of those programmed.
  • Access the last 4 weeks of activities.

This tab allows you to create your training library. You can add, modify, and save your exercises on your calendar. It will also make it easier and save time when planning your future workouts. 

You can access all the calendar of events referenced by OTAKAM.

By default, when an activity appears on your calendar, it is displayed in grey.

For athletes with a coach, this display may be different.

  • When the coach schedules a session, it will be displayed in grey beyond the current date.
  • For activities performed when a session is scheduled, three colours may be displayed:
  • The activity is displayed in green when the duration of the session carried out corresponds to that planned (difference +/- 15%). 
  • The activity is displayed in orange when the duration of the session carried out does not correspond to that planned (deviation > 15%).
  • The activity is displayed in red when the session has not been completed.

This functionality will be available very soon

When you do not have a power sensor but use a GPS meter and a heart rate monitor, the OTAKAM algorithms estimate the power provided from all the data of position, speed, slope, heart rate, pedalling cadence, … 

The error obtained is usually very good. However, it can vary according to the type of ride (group, peloton or solo), the wind speed, the presence of any shelters (trees, buildings), or the relevance of the parameters provided by the cyclist (height, weight, etc.).

For the calculation to be possible, it is essential to use a GPS bike computer, a heart rate monitor and a cadence sensor.

This is a power equivalent to the normalised power initially used by most cycling training platforms to calculate the main performance monitoring parameters. Indeed, average power is not a good indicator of activity intensity as it underestimates it due to rest phases at low or very low power. The weighting applied gives more weight to the high-power values during the bike ride in order to have a weighted power representative of the average intensity felt by the cyclist. 

This is an indicator on a scale of 1 to 10 (Borg scale) which allows you to measure your physical feelings during the session and thus evaluate your effort. The higher it is, the more intense you perceived the effort to be.

  • Intensity 1-3: very easy to easy effort.
  • Intensity 4-5: moderate to medium effort
  • Intensity 6-8: slightly to very difficult effort.
  • Intensity 9: very difficult effort.
  • Intensity 10: maximum effort.

This is an indicator on a scale of 1 (excellent feeling) to 5 (very bad feeling) to assess how you feel during the activity. The higher this indicator is, the worse you feel during the ride.

  • Intensity 1: excellent sensations 
  • Intensity 2: good sensations
  • Intensity 3: average sensations
  • Intensity 4: bad sensations
  • Intensity 5: very bad sensations

For the same training load, the impact of a cycling activity on your fatigue will be higher when you are well rested rather than already tired or even ill.

Therefore, if you set the « Pre-activity state » slider, the effort score used to calculate your fatigue will be increased by using SE* instead of SE.

You must indicate this parameter on a scale of 1 (well rested) to 10 (ill). Level 1 means that you are well rested at the start of your activity, while level 10 means that you are extremely tired or ill. With level 10, the training load will be virtually increased by 30% to calculate your fatigue.

  • Intensity 1-2: well rested
  • Intensity 3-5: light to medium fatigue
  • Intensity 6-7: increased fatigue, heavy cold, minor illness.
  • Intensity 8-9: very tired or sick
  • Intensity 10: very ill, better to stay at home.

The Fitness/Fatigue graph allows you to monitor the impact of your training load on your physical condition, your fatigue, your fitness, and your level. 

By analysing your scheduled sessions, you can plan your peak fitness levels or manage the phases of poor performance during your preparation. 

The four curves in the graph are as follows:

  • Yellow curve: physical condition linked to your training load over time, with a positive impact in the long term (42 days).
  • Orange curve: Fatigue, also related to your training load, with a relatively short negative impact (7 days).
  • Red curve: Your fitness, equal to the difference between your physical condition and your fatigue.
  • Blue curve: your level, established from your physical condition (yellow curve) and your power capacity (FTP).

The interest in obtaining your caloric expenditure during your activities is to be able to adapt your diet on a daily basis in order to reach your objectives.

The ES is the Effort Score of an activity. It represents the internal load of the activity on your body and depends on the intensity and duration of your activity. 

ES = 100x(Duration in seconds / 3600)x(Intensity)2

It is the intensity of your session equal to: Weighted power / FTP. Intense rides will have intensities close to 1. On the other hand, the longer and easier you ride, the lower the intensities.

The Variability Factor is the ratio of weighted power to average power.

It is a value that allows you to identify variations in pace during the ride. The closer it is to 1, the more linear your ride was. On the other hand, the higher it is, the more you will have changed pace during your ride and therefore spent more time in the high intensity zones.

Switch buttons above the analysis curves allow you to switch between time and distance analysis.

Switch buttons above the power curves allow you to switch from watts to watts per kilogram to refine your analysis.

You want to track certain physiological parameters such as your weight, sleep patterns, fatigue or stress levels. You can fill in certain parameters on this tab to track changes. 

In addition, if you wish, you can share this information with your coach or club manager.

Your power records were probably obtained when you were on top form. However, when you return to training after a period of rest, your fitness levels have potentially reduced. It is unwise to always refer back to your personal bests to build and construct your training plan. If we only ever used our personal best scores, we run the risk of working outside of our current intensity zones and overtraining. With your power and heart rate data we are able to assess your current potential critical power levels so that you can adapt your training zones as efficiently as possible. 

The ‘estimated critical power’ is therefore an estimate of the critical power you would get if you were to do a test on that day.

The Record Power Profile (RPP) is a diagram of all your critical powers. It can be represented in the form of a curve or a table of values (times, critical powers).

The RPP is very useful to quantify your progress from year to year and serves as a tool for athletes to evaluate their capabilities at any given time. 

With this RPP and your Watts Radar you can easily see where your strengths and limiters lie and whether you are a sprinter, time-trialist, puncher or climber.

The Intensity/Duration graph allows you to quickly visualise the distribution of all your rides in duration and intensity. The coloured curves are the ISO-loads expressed in Effort Score (ES). The more the activity is at the top right of the graph, the more difficult it was. Conversely, if your activity is at the bottom left of the graph, the easier it was.

This new graph allows you to quickly see what types of rides you do regularly and to optimise your planning, or even avoid possible monotony.

This is the time you spend in each power or heart rate intensity zone. This allows you to quantify and visualise the intensity levels of your rides. The more time you spend in the higher intensity zones, the harder your ride will be.

The critical power is the maximum amount of power that a cyclist is capable of maintaining during a given time period. It is expressed in watts. For example, CP5′ is the critical power over 5 minutes, and CP20′ is the critical power over 20 minutes.

FTP (Functional Threshold Power) is the maximum power that the cyclist is able to maintain for 1 hour. It is expressed in watts (w).

To make it easy to use, the effort forecast available on OTAKAM works with a limited number of parameters that can be modified online.

As a technical partner of the professional team ARKEA-SAMSIC to optimise the effort strategy of time trials, the OTAKAM team uses a more advanced tool where many other parameters can be adjusted to achieve even better accuracy. 

Interested cyclists, especially those who would like individual coaching for a major event such as a time trial or an Ironman, can contact the OTAKAM team at: gaetan@otakam.fr

Thanks to the Otakam algorithm, the effort prediction allows you to estimate with a very good precision the time you will achieve on a course for which you have a gpx file.

Here are the parameters used:

  • A gpx file of the course. 
  • Some personal data: weight, weight of your bike with your equipment, height, FTP.
  • The wind (direction and strength) which you can indicate on the Forecast page if you know the weather forecast.
  • The aerodynamic coefficient Cx: the default value is 0.9 (typical value for a cyclist with arms bent). Those who know their cda (cda = Saero x Cx) can calculate the corresponding Cx by the formula Cx = cda / (0.196 x 0.007184 x T x 0.725 x M x 0.425) where T is your height in cm and M your weight in kg.
  • The number of cyclists in your group, e.g., for a cyclosportive or a club ride (1 to 8). For example, if you enter 4, the algorithm will consider that the 4 riders will take turns regularly along the course. The impact will be significant on the flat and on the descents but will have little influence on the climbs. 

Four calculation modes are available:

  • Ride: You don’t pedal on descents over 3% and develop a power of 0.75 times your FTP on climbs over 3%.
  • Sporty: In sporty mode, you pedal on descents of more than 5%, and the power level on climbs of more than 5% depends on the intensity level you have chosen. For a cyclosportive, choose the « Energetic » level.
  • Time trial: you pedal harder on descents of more than 5% (0.7 times your FTP) and on climbs of more than 5% (1.15 FTP).
  • Custom: in this mode you can define your power on descents and ascents (as a percentage of your FTP) and also indicate the max/min slopes that correspond to the ascents and descents.

Ouch, your heart rate monitor has been acting up and has given you a maximum frequency of 260 BPM. Don’t panic, click on the « Records » tab on your activity page and you can delete any record you think is wrong.

The aim of referencing records is to be able to beat them. This is why after each activity we detect any record improvement. You can check during each session if one of them has been beaten.

The various records that can be beaten are mainly those for power and heart rate. 

However, to motivate you throughout the year, we have included records for mileage, cadence, heart rate, altitude difference, duration, etc. so that you can set yourself new challenges during each of your sessions.

To change the name of an activity in the history, click on « display » to display the analysis page of the output, then click on the « pencil » symbol next to the activity name to change it.

In the tab « my athletes », you can add one or more of your athletes by clicking on « invite an athlete ». An email will be sent to the athlete(s) who must accept your invitation. Once the invitation has been accepted, you will see the athlete(s) appear in your « my athletes » space and will be able to access their information and data.

The « planning » tool allows the club’s sports director to assign events (pre-selected in the calendar tool) to his athletes. Each athlete will then have the event assigned to his personal calendar. 

To add a race to an athlete calendar, simply click on the yellow rectangle (an event) and then click on the line of the desired athlete to assign it to him. 

To delete a race from an athlete calendar, simply right click on the race (green rectangle) in the line of the desired athlete.

It is possible to assign the same race to all athletes by first clicking on the desired race in yellow (in the planning bar) and then clicking on the « all my athletes » button.

The « calendar » tool allows the club’s sports director to select the races that are on the club’s programme.

To do this, simply tick the race by clicking on the transparent circle on the right, the circle will turn green when the race is selected. 

To remove a race just click on the green button, the circle will become transparent, and the race will be removed. 

In the « my athletes » tab, you can remove one or more of your athletes by clicking on « remove an athlete ». An email will be sent to the athlete(s). Once the operation has been carried out, you will see the athlete(s) disappear from the « my athletes » space and will no longer be able to access their information and data.

In the tab « my athletes », you can add one or more of your athletes by clicking on « invite an athlete ». An email will be sent to the athlete(s) who must accept your invitation. Once the invitation has been accepted, you will see the athlete(s) appear in your « my athletes » space and will be able to access their information and data.

Click on the « File Upload » symbol at the top left of your OTAKAM page, the symbol is located next to the OTAKAM logo.

You can download activity files in tcx or fit format from a directory on your computer or directly from your GPS bike computer if it is connected to your computer. In this case, you need to know the location of the activity files on your GPS. 

It is possible to select and download several files simultaneously. Please note that the upload time depends on the number and size of the selected files.

Click on the « gear » symbol at the top left, the symbol is located next to the OTAKAM logo.

Then click on the « Synchronization » tab and then on « Strava », « Garmin » or « Wahoo ». Then link your accounts by following the steps.

Once the synchronisation is complete, the activities carried out over last years will be automatically uploaded to OTAKAM. Please note that this operation may take some time, even several days if you have a lot of data.

Your new activities will be uploaded to OTAKAM as soon as they are detected on the Strava, Garmin or Wahoo platforms.

To access your registration settings, click on your profile picture at the top right of the page, next to your username. This will allow you to change all the information you entered during registration.

To access your settings, click on the « gear » symbol at the top left of your page, the symbol is located next to the OTAKAM logo.

You will have access to your basic settings that you can modify, as well as to the synchronization tool for your activity data (Garmin, Strava, Wahoo, Polar, …)

At OTAKAM, satisfying our members is a priority. In addition to providing you with a quality service with innovative features, we are committed to protecting all your personal data. 

Our data management policy is set out in our Terms and Conditions of Use and the associated Privacy Policy, which can be accessed on OTAKAM via a link at the bottom of the page.

The OTAKAM platform is a web-based application that is accessible in responsive mode, i.e., it automatically adapts to the type of device used, whether it is a computer, tablet or mobile phone.  However, due to the numerous charts and graphs displayed, it is strongly recommended that you use a computer. There is no mobile application available at this time.

It is possible to change the universe by using the « switch » button at the top left of your page, near the OTAKAM logo.

The OTAKAM platform is by default in French or English depending on the language of your browser. However, using the « flag » tab, you can change the language of the site at any time.