NEW!! Smash the Tour of Flanders in 14 Weeks + Email Support, $50 Back & 40 WK S&C

Average Weekly Training Hours 09:28
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours 09:28
Training Load By Week

This plan is the latest version using all the latest TrainingPeaks features, current for 2019/20 and has been designed by Pav Bryan Performance Director at Spokes and BikesEtc Magazine’s Cycling Guru.

Only the Premium Spokes plans designed by Pav Bryan come with a free 40-week strength and conditioning plan (downloadable in session one on the calendar) and email support! If you have any problem completing your plan or have to deviate for any reason – Pav will personally recommend a solution within 48 hours. Fair usage applies.

This plan is designed for anyone taking on the Tour of Flanders. There is a link to access some event information in the day one notes. Where available, I have included a route map. Where applicable, if you are doing a shorter route, you could consider reducing the longer ride so that it maxes out at no more than your target distance. Consider doing a course recce, if you're unfamiliar, and making your longer rides as similar to the event itself as possible; hills and terrain.

To be capable of fully completing this plan you must be able to ride at least 80km per week. If you can ride more than this, you can simply start doing the key rides at your current best duration and progress very slowly until the plan catches up with you. If you aren't planning on doing a 200km+ event, you can simply cut down the weekend longer ride - this also means you can start at less than 80km. Email us if unsure!

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. It would be very advantageous for you to visit the cobbles of the event you will be doing, this will allow you to test bike handling skills and comfort.

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!

Sample Day 2
1:00:00
59.6TSS
Zone 3 Ride + FTP - Session 2 - Shorter

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

10 min warm-up

30 min 80% FTP, 10 min 95% FTP, 5 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.

5 min 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 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 4
1:00:00
55.2TSS
Early Season - "Sweetspot" Session 2

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

10 min warm-up

3x 8 min SS (88-93% of FTP/HR) with 8 min easy spin in-between. RPM +5 on previous FTP/HR test. RPE 7-8.

10 min cool-down

Ensure you are maximising your recovery potential using Pav Bryan's Ultimate Guide to Recovery -> https://spokes.fit/training/pav-bryans-ultimate-guide-to-recovery/

Sample Day 6
4:05:00
165.79TSS
Key Ride - Metric Century

The Goal Of This Session: is to build aerobic endurance, comfort and strategy towards your target ride

Nice & gentle ride, light gearing, little resistance, cadence high, nothing too taxing, hope the weather is nice :)

Check out the Spokes Base Miles Guide for how to make the most of these low intensity rides: https://spokes.fit/technique-tactics/how-to-get-the-most-from-base-rides/

Sample Day 7
0:40:00
23.6TSS
Moderate Cadence Drills

The Goal Of This Session: is to increase your leg speed & increase your efficiency 

10 min warm-up. 

Start with an easy cadence then every 2 min increase by 5 for a total of 8 minutes then take 2 min rest, focus on maintaining that cadence & not bouncing on the saddle

Repeat once then 12 min cool-down. 

Right down your max cadence in the box below

You change change the starting cadence to suit your needs - keep the gearing easy, this is about RPM not effort!

Here's a guide on improving pedalling efficiency: https://spokes.fit/training/how-to-pedal-efficiently/

Sample Day 7
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 9
1:15:00
73TSS
Early Season - "Sweetspot" Session 3

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

10 min warm-up

4x 8 min SS (final interval is actually 10 minutes) (88-93% of FTP/HR) with 7 min easy spin in-between. RPM +5 on previous FTP/HR test. RPE 7-8.

10 min cool-down

Ensure you are maximising your recovery potential using Pav Bryan's Ultimate Guide to Recovery -> https://spokes.fit/training/pav-bryans-ultimate-guide-to-recovery/

Pav Bryan, BikesEtc Magazines Cycling Guru
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