Intermediate Road Cycling 160km sub 5 hours 30 mins program - 17 weeks (V3.1)

Average Weekly Training Hours 08:35
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours 08:35
Training Load By Week

This training program is aimed at the Intermediate Level road cyclist who wants to complete a Grand Fondo / Century Ride in a respectable 5 to 5 and half hours.

Training volume builds from 6 hours and 05 minutes to a maximum of 13 hours and 58 minutes.

The program is 17 weeks long:
1 Test Week,
7 Base Training Weeks,
7 Build Weeks
1 Taper Week,
1 Recovery Week.

After completing the tests in week 1 and 9, Submit your data here: https://multisportcoaching.co.za/performance-data/

Your training zones will be calculated and emailed to you.
This is a free service.

As the training zones for this program are based on %Max Heart Rate you will need a Heart Rate Monitor to get the best results.
We whole-heartedly recommend the POLAR brand. (See what we did there?)

Requirements for this program:
You will need to have access to an Indoor trainer or WattBike for the FTP test and retest.

Assumptions of this program –
Training average speeds of between 25 and 27 km/h.
Racing average speeds of between 30 and 33 km/h.

When participating in an endurance training program, you can enhance your training and hence performance by including Flexibility and Core training sessions
Both a cycling-specific core strength and flexibility training program are included with this program.

Sample Day 1
1:30:00
60TSS
Bike Aer End 1.10900

WU:
30 mins Z1

MS:
50 mins Z2, up to 75% on the hills

LD:
10 mins Z1

Sample Day 2
0:30:00
20TSS
Recovery Ride

WU:
10 mins Z1

MS:
10 mins Z2

LD:
10 mins Z1

Sample Day 3
1:15:00
69.7TSS
Bike Test - 20 min FTP

*Download the PDF attached

WU:
20 mins Z1
1 min Z5 "wind up's"
1 min Z2 between (100 RPM pedal cadence)
repeat 3 times

4 mins Z1

MS:
5 mins Z4 (a good solid effort)
10 mins Z1
20 mins Z4 (TT effort keeping control, hard but steady so that you can complete the last 5 mins with an all out effort)

LD:
10 mins Z1

*record your Max and Average heart rate for the 20 min TT
**record your Max and Average power for the 20 min TT
***record your Heart Rate, Power and distance at 5 mins, 10 mins, 15 mins and 20 mins of the 20 min TT.

Submit your data here: https://multisportcoaching.co.za/performance-data/

Sample Day 4
0:30:00
20TSS
Recovery Ride

30 minute ride to loosen up after the FTP test

Sample Day 6
1:06:00
47.3TSS
Bike Musc End 1.21.051.04

WU:
10 mins Z1
10 mins Z2

MS:
10 mins Z3 @70-80rpm
8 mins Z2 @90-100rpm

repeat 2 times

LD:
10 mins Z1

Sample Day 7
2:00:00
80TSS
Bike Endurance 2:00:00

WU:
30 mins Z1

MS:
75 mins Z2, up to 75% on the hills

LD:
15 mins Z1

Sample Day 9
0:49:00
40.7TSS
Power

WU:
10 mins Z1
5 mins Z2

MS:
4 mins Z4 @50-60rpm Seated
2 mins Z1 @80-90rpm

repeat 4 times

LD:
5 mins Z2
5 mins Z1

Coach Shamus
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multisportcoaching.co.za

I have been an active participant for almost 40 years.
I have competed in the World Championships at an age group level in 1993 & 1994. In 1995 was an Elite for Olympic Distance triathlon.
I was also selected for duathlon and long distance triathlon.
Represented Polar Heart Rate monitors for 5 years, so the measure of all my training programs is Heart Rate based.
First qualified as a coach in 1993.
I studied Human Movement Science at the University of Pretoria 1991 to 1994.