6.2-MILE BICYCLE TEST
The 6.2-mile bicycle test measures cardio respiratory (aerobic) and leg muscle endurance. Administrative and support requirements for this event are listed below.
The event supervisor requires two stopwatches (the timer and back-up timer each require a watch) and FM 7-22, Appendix A. One-speed or multispeed bicycles are authorized for use. If a multispeed bike is used, the event supervisor and/or scorer will take measures to ensure that only one speed is used during the event. This can be accomplished by taping the gear shifters. The Soldier taking the event sets the speed by selecting the gear they wish to ride in. Event scorers require a clipboard, numbers, and black pen.
A relatively flat course with a uniform surface and no obstacles must be used. The course must be clearly marked. Quarter-mile tracks are not authorized for use. The Soldiers being tested must be in view of the scorers at all times. The course should be free of walkers and runners.
One event supervisor, one scorer for every 10 Soldiers tested, one timer, one back-up timer and support personnel to ensure proper control and safety are required. The event supervisor should not be an event scorer.
The OIC, the NCOIC, or the event supervisor, must read the following before the 6.2 mile bicycle test event (Figure A-9).
| “THE 6.2-MILE BICYCLE TEST MEASURES CARDIO RESPIRATORY FITNESS AND LEG MUSCLES ENDURANCE. YOU MUST COMPLETE THE 6.2-MILES WITHOUT ANY PHYSICAL HELP FROM OTHERS. YOU MUST KEEP YOUR BICYCLE IN ONE GEAR OF YOUR CHOOSING FOR THE ENTIRE TEST. CHANGING GEARS IS NOT PERMITTED AND WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION. TO BEGIN, YOU WILL LINE UP BEHIND THE STARTING LINE. ON THE COMMAND, ‘GO,’ THE CLOCK WILL START, AND YOU WILL BEGIN PEDALING AT YOUR OWN PACE. TO COMPLETE THE REQUIRED DISTANCE OF 6.2-MILES, YOU MUST COMPLETE (DESCRIBE THE NUMBER OF LAPS, START AND FINISH POINTS, AND COURSE LAYOUT). YOU WILL BE SCORED ON YOUR ABILITY TO COMPLETE THE DISTANCE OF 6.2-MILES (10 KILOMETERS) IN A TIME EQUAL TO OR LESS THAN THAT LISTED FOR YOUR AGE AND GENDER. IF YOU LEAVE THE DESIGNATED COURSE FOR ANY REASON, YOU WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.” |
Figure A-9. 6.2-mile bicycle test narrative
In conclusion, the OIC/NCOIC, or the event supervisors, asks:
|“WHAT ARE YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS EVENT?” |
The OIC, the NCOIC, or the event supervisor, will read the instructions aloud and answer questions. He then assigns Soldiers to a scorer. Each scorer assigns each Soldier a number and records the Soldier’s number on their scorecard in the comment block.
The event supervisor is the timer. When the timer gives the command, “GET SET” the Soldiers will position themselves to begin the event. Time begins when the timer gives the command, “GO.” The timer will call out times in minutes and seconds as Soldiers near the end of the 6.2-mile ride.
The scorer records the time in the time block and circles the GO or NO GO. The 6.2-mile-bicycle is entered in the alternate event block. Refer to Figure A-11 for scoring of this event.