8 Weeks to your Best Gran Fondo ±50 miles! *Workout Builder with Watts - 8 hrs/wk
Simon KesslerAll plans by this Coach
“Achieve top form and strength for a 50 mile Grand Fondo 8 weeks away!!”
Following this training plan with lead to big gains in power and endurance in just 8 weeks! The training is designed to simulate long sustained efforts and repeated high intensity efforts that are common on some of the faster courses and courses that combine both fast roads and hills. The plan is in the new Workout Builder format which provides personalized power targets in each training session which are calculated automatically from your Threshold power saved in TrainingPeaks under Zones. Additional benefits of the Workout Builder format include direct training session download to your Garmin or Wahoo device and training session upload to Zwift, TrainingRoad, CycleOps and more.
Training plan description: The plan ranges between 7-9 hours/week with longer rides on weekends and shorter rides in the work week that can be done indoors (sessions downloadable to Zwift, TrainerRoad etc). The plan is flexible and you may move days around and also substitute a group ride for some of the training. Before starting the plan you should have a good level of fitness and be accustomed to training 6-8 hours/week.
The plan builds with a 3 weeks followed by an easier week then 2 high intensity build weeks follow with simulation efforts. The final 2 weeks are taper/speed weeks and include a simulation effort 8 days out to ensure that your body is ready for your goal ride. The final week tapers with mostly recovery with your goal Gran Fondo scheduled on the weekend (week 8).
Designed by former professional and multiple national champion coach Simon Kessler of Simon Says Cycling, coach Simon has coached for 25+ years and has enjoyed an incredible track record as a coach which includes state and national champions on multiple continents in road, track and mountain biking. Some of Simon’s clients have won world championship medals and worn the yellow jersey in the Tour de France. With this plan you receive 30+ years of top level experience in a super effective training plan that will lead to fast improvements.
Purchasing this plan includes: Email support from coach Simon directly to get your questions answered plus 1 month access to our membership community with Facebook live coaching calls every Wednesday & additional information on nutrition, race day preparation, strength training, warm-up protocols, mental training audios, and much more!
Training for another race or personal improvement goal? Checkout our other training plans for racing (road, time trial, criterium), centuries, gran fondos, base training, power gains, and more. Visit: simonsayscycling.com
This training plan starts on a Monday
The plan is reuasble an unlimited amount of times
This plan works with power only (no heart rate zones)
Designed with the new Workout Builder - offering you more precise training with exact power targets calculated automatically from your threshold power (FTP) saved in TrainingPeaks
Download each session automatically to newer version Garmin devices with the TrainingPeaks IQ Garmin Connect App or to your Wahoo Elemnt or Elemnt Bolt with the Wahoo Companion App
Download each session in many different files formats compatible with: Zwift, Wahoo, Trainer Road, Cyclops and more
30 day money-back guarantee
How it Works
Training Plan Sample Week
Average Weekly Breakdown
|Workouts||Weekly Average||Longest Workout|
|8:07 hrs||3:15 hrs|
Day Off x2
|Workouts Per Week||Weekly Average||Longest Workout|
||8:07 hrs||3:15 hrs|
Training Load By Week
This plan works best with the following fitness devices:
- Power Meter
- This plan includes a Free Basic TrainingPeaks Account.
- Access your training plan anywhere on the TrainingPeaks mobile and desktop apps.
- Track your performance with robust data tracking and detailed graphs.
- Plan for your event in the TrainingPeaks calendar.
- Track your weight, sleep, hours, fatigue and stress while you train.
- Syncs daily with other popular apps like Garmin and MyFitnessPal.
This plan is protected by our Refund Policy and may, with the author's approval, be exchanged for a plan of equal value from the same author.Still have questions about this plan?