28 Weeks Of Pure Cycling Performance 2019! Criterium/Mountain Bike Race Focus as final 10 weeks

Average Weekly Training Hours 08:32
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours 08:32
Training Load By Week

Faster, Repeatable, Stronger Rider

This plan is designed for the cyclist training to race criteriums and/or MTB races, as well as all facets of cycling. The goal of this plan is to develop your skills and abilities for the demanding physical requirements of criterium and MTB racing. Even though the last 10 weeks are focused on two areas, this plan will develop any rider into a better all around performer.

Through years of coaching and racing, I have found that criterium and mountain bike race training compliment each other very well. The final 10 weeks of this 28 week plan target the zones, intervals, efforts required to do well at these events. If you are a criterium racer, the road or trainer is your studio. For mountain bike racers the trainer, road and/or trails will be your studio. If you do both, then mix it up as your choice and have fun!

The plan is built by USA Level II Cycling Coach and Cat II road cyclist Paul Ozier. Paul has over 25 years of racing experience and more than 15 years as a cycling coach. Athletes coached by Paul have excelled to new levels, set personal bests, won races for their first time, and taken home Silver and Gold medals in state championships.

This is a 28 week plan. This training will develop your power, repeat-ability, and a great sprint. Repeat-ability of zone 5 and 6 efforts are required for successful criterium racing and MTB racing. The ability to handle high power at high cadence that we so often experience in criterium and/or MTB racing is critical. This plan is great to build overall fitness that will also benefit all types of racing.

We recommend you have the following abilities before beginning this plan:
Cycling 2-3+ hours
Strong Base Fitness
Road racing and/or criterium race experience
Mountain Bike skills

Workout Files. On most workouts will be a downloadable file. These can be used on Zwift, ERG Video, Trainer Road and most other training software. Also .FIT files can be loaded on your Garmin to use as a workout on the road.

Benefits of a High Power Coaching Training Plan:
- All plans have a 100% Money Back Guarantee
- Training plans are reusable; tweak your FTP settings and train again at your new found level
- Email access to the coach
- We build plans for athletes of all abilities and experience

You have complete email access to the coach - paul@peakscoachinggroup.com


Sample Day 1
3 x 15 SST

WU: 10 mins zone 2
MS: 3 x 15 mins @ Sweet Spot (SST) with up to 5 mins easy between each effort. Feel free to do a continuous 45 mins. instead if you are feeling good.
CD: 10 mins.

Sample Day 5
ENDURANCE Ride with SST CRUISE Intervals

WU: 10-15 minutes working into your ENDURANCE Zone Z2. Then complete 3 sets of 1-minute fast pedals with 1-minute rests between to open up legs.
Main Set - Build endurance today! Once warmed up, ride in your ENDURANCE Zone Z2 over flat to rolling terrain. Focus on staying relaxed on the bike and spinning circles while keeping cadence between 90 and 100. During the last 60-90 minutes of the ride (after warm-up), complete 3 CRUISE INTERVALS at SST watts (88-93% of FTP) for 12 minutes each, with 4-minute rests between intervals.
CD: 10-15 minutes of easy pedaling in Zone 1.

Sample Day 8
SST 50 Minutes

SST (Sweet Spot) Week.

WU by spinning 10 minutes getting watts into zone 3 Tempo.
MS 50 minutes SST (Sweet Spot) 88-93% of FTP. If you are not up to a straight 50 minutes, then break this into 20, 20, 10 or similar. BUT, only 1-2 minutes rest between intervals. Too much rest will defeat the performance gains if the longer time spent at SST.
CD 5 minutes very easy spinning.

Sample Day 9
SST 2x30

WU by spinning 10 minutes getting watts into zone 3 Tempo.
MS 2x30 minutes SST (Sweet Spot) 88-93% of FTP
5 minutes easy between intervals Zone 1
CD 10 minutes very easy spinning.

Sample Day 10
SST 4 x 10

Warm up 10 mins at Zone 2.
Now do 4 x 10 minutes at Sweet Spot (SST).
Do an easy 3 minutes between each effort.
Cool down 10 minutes.

Sample Day 15
Tempo 2x20

Warm up 10 mins at 65% of FTP.
Now do 2x20min Tempo efforts. Nothing too hard. Focus on a smooth and steady power. Nice comfortable cadence.
Easy 5mins active recovery between efforts.
Cool down 10 mins.

Sample Day 16

WU 15 mins. Endurance zone. MS 6 sets of pedal stomps. 10 pedal strokes total (5 per leg) on each effort. 5 mins. Endurance between each effort. Heart rate will not have time to react. Just crush the pedals for 5 strokes on each leg. Be careful to pay attention to keeping good smooth form. You should be at about 60-70 rpm in a gear that will not let you zap the pedals to 100rpm, but instead the gear should provide enough resistance that you can only get to 85-90 rpm. Do not pick a gear too big that keeps you bogged down at 70rpm. Finish up with 20 mins. at Tempo. Cool Down 10 mins.

Paul Ozier
Elite Coach @ Peaks Coaching Group

Hindsight is 20/20. "If I knew then, what I know now, I would have been light years ahead of the game”. I am here to help and share the knowledge, lessons, and skills I have learned over the last 30 years so you do not have to spend years with trial and error, hoping to get better.

Specializing in: Road Racing, Criterium, Mountain Biking, Gran Fondo, Centuries, Zwift Racing. Plans for all abilities and experience levels from Beginners, Seasoned Riders, Masters, and Pro.