Smash a Hilly/Mountainous Sportive/Gran Fondo Plan + Receive $50 in Vouchers!

Author

Pav Bryan - BikesEtc Magazines Cycling Guru & Performance Director at Spokes.

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Length

20 Weeks

Typical Week

2 Day Off, 2 Other, 4 Bike

Longest Workout

7:00 hrs

Plan Specs

cycling gran fondo/century beginner intermediate advanced masters power based hr based tss based

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This plan has been designed by Pav Bryan Performance Director at Spokes and BikesEtc Magazine’s Cycling Guru.

This plan is perfect for those who are doing a hilly or mountainous Gran Fondo or Sportive. Ideally, you will be able to ride for two hours already and have access to terrain similar to what you will face on the day of your event. If not, you should try to accommodate this in some way. If you can't ride two hours yet, simply drop it to what you are capable of and then spread the gap out over the course of the plan.

This plan includes 2x core sessions per week, with link to instructional video which you can follow. It has one key ride per week, which must be done - you do not need to worry about the time, just get the miles completed. It has two rest days per week and the remaining sessions compliment the key ride. You can change the hill reps to be more similar to the type of hill you will face during your event.

This plan is totally compatible (upload-able/exportable) with all good platforms including Zwift, TrainerRoad, The Sufferfest and many more.

You can use any method to monitor your training, power, cadence, heart rate or rate of perceived exertion, although power is an advantage. You get key rides and further resources (links within the sessions on the calendar) to ensure you are capable across every aspect of cycling; nutrition, hydration, technique, tactics and of course performance.

All the sessions you will do come with comprehensive instructions, links to videos, blogs or downloads, plus they have the workout builder function; full power, heart rate and cadence targets (where applicable).

If you are using heart rate or RPE and would like a plan suited to this, please visit us at -> spokes.fit & we will gladly create one for you.

You also get access to the Spokes support groups.

You won’t find a training plan more comprehensive than this!

Stats

Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Breakdown
Average Weekly Training Hours: 08:14
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours: 08:14
Average Weekly Breakdown

Pav Bryan

Spokes - www.spokes.fit

BikesEtc Magazines Cycling Guru. Co-Founder and Performance Director at Spokes. Former Director and Head Coach at Direct Power Coaching and Nutritionally Fit. Team Manager at Direct Power Cycling Team. Pioneer of Truly Personal Coaching and Truly Personal Nutrition.

Responsible for a team of fifteen coaches, Pav is a well-respected coach within the cycling community. Pav is experienced in public speaking and has presented numerous times around the world.

Back to Plan Details

Sample Day 1

0:45:00
39.08TSS
Activation Session Development

The Goal Of This Session: is to develop a day before routine (activation session).
 
Getting this right now will mean we know exactly how to prep your body the day before your key events so you are 100% at the start line the next day

Your coach will be happy to help with this but 
look to include your event warm-up & cool-down plus some high cadence low resistance efforts and about 5-10 minutes at race intensity

Make notes today & tomorrow on how it felt so we can come back to this and develop it over time

Focus on having everything ready for your upcoming event. Allow your mind to be filled with positive thoughts. Repeat mantras, power words or affirmations

Here's a guide we wrote on preparing for your "A" event: https://spokes.fit/technique-tactics/pav-bryans-ultimate-a-event-guide/

Sample Day 2

0:33:00
38.6TSS
3' Aerobic Test

The Goal Of This Session: is to set your training zones & set a benchmark or check progress against a previous score

20 minute warm-up

3 minutes all out, note the result, must be done with a power meter only. Please press lap before & after effort.

10 minutes cool-down

Something to help with preparing mentally for this test: https://spokes.fit/category/mental-fitness/

How did you do? Let us know via social media:

facebook.com/spokesfit
instagram.com/spokesfit
twitter.com/spokesfit

Sample Day 3

0:45:00
50TSS
Core Strength & Flexibility Workout (45 Min) (Pav Bryan's S&C Video)

The Goal Of This Session: is to develop core strength & flexibility, which will increase power output & comfort on the bike

We recommend that you follow the guidance of a qualified professional.

Check out Pav Bryan's video for ideas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKkbdbzshc8

Sample Day 5

2:00:00
149.5TSS
Zone 3-4 Ride - 2 Hour - Hilly

The Goal Of This Session: is to develop sustainable power or race pace

10 minute warm-up

Just spend the majority of this ride in Zones 3-4, this needs to be hilly but ensure you don't let your HR drop below Zone 3, Power average min Z3 for entire ride. Cadence needs to be high, try to keep it up on the hills too!

10 minute cool-down

Checkout Pav Bryan's Ultimate Ride Fuel Guide for some help on how to fuel for this: https://spokes.fit/nutrition/pav-bryans-ultimate-ride-fuel-guide/

Sample Day 6

0:45:00
50TSS
Core Strength & Flexibility Workout (45 Min) (Pav Bryan's S&C Video)

The Goal Of This Session: is to develop core strength & flexibility, which will increase power output & comfort on the bike

We recommend that you follow the guidance of a qualified professional.

Check out Pav Bryan's video for ideas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKkbdbzshc8

Sample Day 8

1:10:00
54.4TSS
Zone 2 Ride + "Sweetspot" - Session 2 - Short

The Goal Of This Session: is to develop sustainable power or race pace

10 min warm-up

30 min 70% FTP, 10 min 90% FTP, 10 min 55% FTP. RPM should remain constant throughout at +5 on average from previous FTP test. RPE will be high but this is an achievable session.

10 min cool-down

Here's the Spokes guide on motivation & positive mental attitude, this should help get you through these types of sessions: https://spokes.fit/mental-fitness/motivation-positive-mental-attitude/

Sample Day 9

0:45:00
50TSS
Core Strength & Flexibility Workout (45 Min) (Pav Bryan's S&C Video)

The Goal Of This Session: is to develop core strength & flexibility, which will increase power output & comfort on the bike

We recommend that you follow the guidance of a qualified professional.

Check out Pav Bryan's video for ideas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKkbdbzshc8

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