Track: Sprint Events: Win a Cat 4/5 'Sprint' Event in 10 Weeks (<300 TSS AV PW) + $50 Voucher!

Average Weekly Training Hours 04:35
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours 04:35
Training Load By Week

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

This plan is for you if you are targeting track racing this year and are comfortable training anywhere up to 300 TSS points per week, this might mean you are UK Cat 4 (US 5) or have just done your accreditation (where applicable). This would suit 'Sprint' track racing, such as; Individual pursuit, Sprint, Team Sprint, Keirin & Track time trial, plus any others that are not classed as Endurance events.

You might consider opting for heavy weight training at the start of this plan (indicated by the core sessions - simply swap them out), at around 8 weeks prior to your target event, switch to lower weights and perform the exercises explosively to build power. In the week or two prior to your key events, consider slowing down your movement of weight training, so it is more maintenance.

Once you have completed this plan you will be ready to start your taper into your main event. It would be advantageous for you to add some practice events during the final two phases. When/if doing so, please replace the most similar session during the week.

This plan presumes that you have been riding consistently for at least 4 weeks (ideally 8), if you haven't, you should check out our Preparation Phase plans before starting this.

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
74.4TSS
Pyramid Intervals - Set Two

The Goal Of This Session: is to improve maximal power output

Usual 20 minute warm-up

4x (15 sec hard 45 sec easy),
3x (1 min hard 2 min easy),
2x (5 min hard 6 min easy).

During the hard part your RPE should be 8 or above, max means maximum sustainable for the time. Cadence of a normal amount so gear appropriately. During the recovery parts reduce all resistance and spin legs. Don’t worry about Zones during this session.

5 minute cool-down

Here's a Spokes guide on building mental toughness: https://spokes.fit/mental-fitness/be-stronger-mentally/

Sample Day 3
1:00:00
66.3TSS
Micro Intervals: Strength - Set Five

The Goal Of This Session: is to develop muscular strength

20 min warm-up

These are slightly different to sprints as we want your final effort to be almost as (if not as) strong as you're first. Pacing is more crucial here as, over the course, of 6 sets, we will look to push up the amount of power you can sustain for a very short amount of time.

10x 25" 150-200%FTP (the higher in this range the better, but, remember to finish as strong as you start, recovery is just about 3:30 minutes. Cadence is 50-60 and you might consider coming to a stand still in a big gear before starting each hard interval. RPE will be almost 7-8 by the end.

10 min cool-down

Checkout this Spokes blog on recovery, which will be crucial to ensuring you get the most from these sessions: https://spokes.fit/training/recovery-whats-the-purpose-uncovering-the-autonomic-nervous-system/

Plus, Pav Bryan's stretching & foam roller video:(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spB4VwprTIw)

Sample Day 4
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 6
0:42:30
64.6TSS
Micro Intervals - Set Five

The Goal Of This Session: is to increase your anaerobic threshold

20 min warm-up

These are slightly different to sprints as we want your final effort to be almost as (if not as) strong as you're first. Pacing is more crucial here as, over the course, of 6 sets, we will look to push up the amount of power you can sustain for a very short amount of time.

10x 15" 250-300%FTP (the higher in this range the better, but, remember to finish as strong as you start, recovery is just 2 minutes. Cadence is 80-100 and RPE will be almost 10 by the end.

10 min cool-down

Check out this blog on how to individualise your training based on your Anaerobic Power Reserve (APR). This will take the guess work away from interval power numbers, using two tests (sprint test & 3' or 6' test): https://spokes.fit/training/using-anaerobic-power-reserve-apr-to-individualise-hiit/

Sample Day 7
0:35:00
35TSS
Core Strength & Flexibility Workout (35 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 7
0:30:00
16.4TSS
Leg Speed Set 4 - Short

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

5 min WU

20 min at RPM +20 on last average from FTP test, followed by 5 min easy spin. Easy gear so low effort, this is about controlled cadence. You can also use the rate at which you started bouncing on Spin-Ups less 10.

5 min CD

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

Sample Day 9
1:00:00
87.7TSS
Pyramid Intervals - Set Three

The Goal Of This Session: is to improve maximal power output

Usual 20 minute warm-up

4x (15 sec hard 45 sec easy),
3x (1 min hard 2 min easy),
2x (5 min hard 6 min easy).

During the hard part your RPE should be 8 or above, max means maximum sustainable for the time. Cadence of a normal amount so gear appropriately. During the recovery parts reduce all resistance and spin legs. Don’t worry about Zones during this session.

5 minute cool-down

Here's a Spokes guide on building mental toughness: https://spokes.fit/mental-fitness/be-stronger-mentally/

Pav Bryan
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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.