Tour of Colorado: Victor-Roubaix 50 Miles Survive 8 Weeks is an 8 week plan designed for the Cyclist who trains with power, HR (Heart Rate), or RPE (Rate of Perceived Exertion) and can train a total of 8:30-11:40 hours per week (excluding Test & Rest Weeks). You will need to be able to devote up to 7:00 hours of training on your weekends.
This plan is for the rider that has some experience riding gravel and normally rides around 40-50 miles as their long ride. This plan is made for the intermediate cyclist who wants to challenge themselves with the 50-66 mile ride and needs a simple and effective training plan that helps them survive and finish the ride.
Designed and written by Hunter Allen, former pro cyclist, co-Founder of Training Peaks and WKO, co-author of Training and Racing with a Power Meter and Cutting-Edge Cycling and Founder and CEO of Peaks Coaching Group. The Workouts included in these pioneering and ruthlessly vetted Training Plans are the same Workouts that Hunter uses with his own Clients. Battle tested and podium approved.
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WU: Warm up for 20 minutes of riding, starting out at Active Recovery (Power Z1, HR Z1, RPE <2) and gradually moving into Endurance (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3). During the warm-up complete 3 x 1-minute efforts of “fast pedaling” at 110 RPM cadence or above.
MS1 – Once warmed up, complete a 5-minute effort at your perceived threshold. This is a hard effort but not all out. It should be hard to breathe but not leave you breathless. Once complete, ride in your Active Recovery (Power Z1, HR Z1, RPE <2) for 10 minutes, spinning and recovering then move to MS2.
MS2 – TEST. Now that you are fully open and warmed up, let’s go for a killer 20 minute test result! Find a long stretch of road or preferably a low grade climb where you can ride for 20 minutes without interruption. Set your lap function and KILL IT! Really go hard here, but don’t start too hard! A secret tip: hold back a little bit in the first 2-3 minutes then really push! Let your body prepare to handle the lactate generated by this type of effort. Make sure you are recording power, heart rate, and/or distance so we can measure the results.
CD: Spin for 15 easy minutes to shake off the pain!
WU: 10 Minutes of easy spinning and riding into your Endurance Zone (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3). Complete 3 x 1-minute fast pedals in warm-up to prepare your legs for the workout.
MS: 1: Micro Bursts! - You will learn to love these. Do 4 x 10-minute Micro-Burst Intervals. A 'Burst' is 15 seconds ON followed by 15 seconds OFF. The ON portion is 150% of threshold power or if using HR, go to Threshold HR. The OFF portion is 50% of threshold power or if using HR, just pedal easy for 15 seconds. Repeat this pattern continually for 10 minutes. Spin easy for 5 minutes between intervals.
Ride at Endurance (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3) for the rest of the ride.
CD: 15 Minutes of easy spinning
MS: Today is an Active Recovery day targeting ONLY (Power Z1, HR Z1, RPE <2). Focus on relaxing on the bike and enjoying the ride. If you have to climb some hills try to use easier gear and spin easy. Today is about recovery, so go for easy spin!
You get faster when you are resting and recovering, not when you are working hard!! Rest days are about going easy enough to really allow your legs to recover.
A fun ride today and just getting out there to do a little work, sweat some and push yourself. Remember that these are guidelines and to listen to your body as well.
WU: 10 Minutes of easy pedaling, work into ENDURANCE (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3) by end of the warm-up. Complete 3 sets of 1 minute fast pedals with 1 minute rest in-between to open up legs
MS: Ride with a group or alone. Complete 1 x 30 minutes effort in TEMPO (Power Z3, HR Z3, RPE 3-4). Focus on "mixing" your spin cadence during the tempo. Terrain: Mixed. Cadence 85 - 105 (80 - 90 in Tempo). Ride all other times at ENDURANCE (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3) as part of ride by
CD: 10 Minutes of easy pedaling at ACTIVE RECOVERY (Power Z1, HR Z1, RPE <2).
WU: 10 Minutes working into your Endurance zone (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3). Then complete 3 x 1-minute fast pedals, with 1 minute rest between efforts, to open up your legs.
MS: Building Endurance today! Once warmed up, ride in your Endurance zone (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3) over flat to rolling terrain. Focus on staying relaxed on the bike and spinning circles while keeping your cadence between 90-100. During the last hour of the ride complete 1 x 30-minute TEMPO effort (Power Z3, HR Z3, RPE 3-4) using a gear that results in a cadence of 75-85. Complete the TEMPO effort as close to the end of the ride as possible while still allowing 10 minutes for cool-down.
CD: 10 minutes of easy spinning.
WU: 10-20 minutes working from Active Recovery (Power Z1, HR Z1, RPE <2) training zone into Endurance (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3) with 2-3 x 1 minute fast pedals to wake up legs.
MS1: Endurance ride. Set a pace at Endurance (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3) and hold this pace for the prescribed workout time. Focus on riding smooth and staying relaxed. Vary your cadence. Vary terrain.
CD: 5-15 minutes of easy pedaling in Active Recovery (Power Z1, HR Z1, RPE <2).
WU: 15 minutes working from Active Recovery (Power Z1, HR Z1, RPE <2) training zone into Endurance (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3) with 2-3 x 1 minute Fast Pedals to wake up legs.
MS1: Endurance ride. Set a pace at Endurance (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3) and hold this pace for the next hour. Throughout the ride, do 10 x 12 second out-of-the-saddle bursts into your Neuromusclar Power Zone (MAX). Make sure cadence stays high. Vary terrain.
CD: 15 minutes of easy pedaling in Active Recovery (Power Z1, HR Z1, RPE <2).