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12 Week Cyclocross Race Ready Plan


Noel Bonk

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12 Weeks

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cycling cyclocross intermediate advanced masters power based

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Plan Description

Updated with power-based structured workouts!

Cyclocross races are typically won or lost through your ability to sustain short HARD efforts, so its time to get the body ready with a plan designed with the right mixture of high-intensity work that will challenge and prepare you for the demands of the season!

Our 12-week plan will progressively build your fitness and help you achieve your season goals through skill drills, core work, plyometric and race-specific interval workouts. This is the perfect plan to arrive race ready for the CX season ahead!

Get you race ready this season!


-Intervals designed to raise both your threshold and VO2Max power

-Skills Drills

-Race Starts

-Basic Run Workouts

-Basic Plyometrics training

To get the most out of this plan, it is highly recommended that you have a solid foundation of fitness before starting.

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We offer personalized coaching programs for cyclists and triathletes of all abilities. We also provide professional level bike fitting, performance testing, seasonal training plans and consultations to fit your needs. Our coaches focus on scientific-based and athlete-centric methods that are proven by results and that equip our athletes with the training and knowledge to help them achieve their goals.

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Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
7:14 hrs 3:00 hrs
1:06 hrs 0:35 hrs
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0:22 hrs 0:20 hrs
Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
7:14 hrs 3:00 hrs
1:06 hrs 0:35 hrs
—— ——
0:22 hrs 0:20 hrs

Training Load By Week

Noel Bonk

BonkWerx Endurance Sports Coaching

BonkWerx Endurance Sports Coaching provides personalized coaching for cyclists and triathletes of all abilities. We also provide professional level bike fitting, performance testing, seasonal training plans and consultations to fit your goals. Founded with a focus on scientific based and athlete-centric coaching, we equip our athletes with the knowledge and methods to help them succeed.

Sample Day 1

20 min FTP Test

This is a test for you to find your current FTP power number. Do this test either on a trainer or flat section of road with no interruptions.

Warm-up 1:
Ride in an easy gear for 10 mins Zone 1/90+ rpms. Following the 10 mins do 3 x 1-minute high cadence "fast pedals" with a minute rest between (100+ rpms). Recover for 5 minutes in an easy gear Zone 1/90 + rpms
MS1: Ride 5 minutes all out, but not so hard that you can't complete the interval. Recover for 10 minutes in an easy gear Zone 1/90+ rpms
MS2: 20-minute all out time trial effort. Aim to keep pace between 90-95 rpms. Pace out your effort so you are not going too hard in the beginning. By the end of the 20 minutes you should have given everything you have.
Cool down: IMPORTANT - 10 to 15 minute of easy riding.

Sample Day 2

Cross Overs for CX v1

Let's keep tuning that aerobic engine with some classic work just above and just below threshold!
Warm up:
15 mins in Zone 2 / 85 rpm+.  
5 minutes in Zone 3 90+ rpm
Main Set:
Perform 2 x 20 minute Cross Over intervals 
85-90 rpm.
During the interval you will alternate 2 mins at sub-threshold and then 2 mins at VO2 for the entire interval
Ride easy for 10 minutes between intervals.
Cool down:
5-10 mins of easy spinning

Sample Day 3

CX Skills and Drill Day

CX requires that skills and technique are second nature. Get after the skills and drills and it will pay off come race day!
Practice CX skills & drills
Include in your practice.

- mounts/dismounts
- off camber turns
- standing starts. Try out different gearing, starting crank position and clipping in.
- suit case lifts. This is lifting you bike up and setting it down as you would when lifting it over a barrier. Right arm should be in front of saddle, not over it.
- shouldering


Ride any extra time at Zone 2 (endurance)

Sample Day 3

I don't Run - Run on Feel - Short ( 0.2 )

What? I have to run for CX? Yes! But we'll keep it short and to the point!
For cross we will keep the running simple. Get a short run in of approximately 10-15 mins. Focus on good form, fast feet and smooth rhythmic breathing. Run on trails/off road if possible.

Sample Day 4

Build - Big Gear v1

You need to turn big gears to go fast in the grass!

-----Side note: If you are doing on Zwift you can do a 8 minutes climbing repeats. Use the u-turn at the end of the 8 mins and ride down for recovery.
Warm up: Progressive warm-up for 10 mins
Main set 1:
2 sets of 8 minutes in Zone 3 / 65-85 rpm followed by 2 minutes spinning in Zone 1-2 / 110-120 rpm in between.
Stay seated and change hand position every 2 mins. Stop if any knee pain.
MS 2: Ride any remaining time in prescribed zone. Self Selected Cadence


Cool down - easy riding 10 mins

Sample Day 5

CX - Core/abs work

A strong and stable core is extremely important when it comes to cyclocross. Please choose 6 core exercises and do as supersets. For example.

Exercise 1 & 2 - Do 3 sets
Exercise 3 & 4 - Do 3 sets
Exercise 5 & 6 - Do 3 sets

Sample exercises:

Side Plank
1/2 Turkish Get-ups
Leg lifts
Mountain Climbers
Bear Walks

Sample Day 5

Box Plyo - Basic 1

Plyometric work!

Please remember this is NOT an aerobic workout. It is explosive, take your time between movements and always step down softly from the box.

Use a box that you can jump up that is stable and wide enough to support you. This can be from 12 - 24" high. You may need different heights for the jumps. You can use shin guards if you are worried about striking your shins.

First week - 1 set of 20
Second week - 2 sets of 20
Third week - 3 sets of 20
Fourth week - 4 sets of 20

Do in this order.
1- Double Leg Box Jumps
2 - Single Leg Box Jumps
3 - Seated Double Leg Box Jumps
4 - Seated Single Leg Box Jumps
5 - Speed Shuffle

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