Cycling: Bike Tour Prep: Ride 5-6 days, Avg. 45 mi/day, 15-18 mph: 4.5 to 10.25 hrs/wk

Average Weekly Training Hours 06:37
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours 06:37
Training Load By Week

This 14-week training plan is designed for the fit cyclist (riding three days per week before beginning the plan) looking to successfully complete a bike tour that lasts five to six days. The average mileage per day on the tour is 45 miles and you plan to ride an average of 15 to 18 miles per hour while on the tour. The training plan prepares you for your tour by utilizing a combination of strength training days and cycling days. The weekly hours of the plan ranges between 4:30 and 10:15. By Week 11 of the plan you will be riding four or five days in a single week, with a three-day block of riding 1:30-2:00, 3:00 and a second 3:00 ride. The plan does give you guidelines for adding or removing time from some of the ride days.



Have a look at the plan preview to see if the first week looks manageable to you. If you are currently strength training, you can use your own plan or use the program suggested in the Supporting Documents. If you utilize in indoor cycling class for some of your training, simply use the guidelines in each training day to get the most from your class.



The plan is 14 weeks long and the last Sunday of the training plan is the first day of the bike tour. This day is your “event” day.

So you can enjoy the bike tour, log your tour results, view the cool graphics and know what to do with your post-tour recovery, there is an additional training block titled See Bike Tour And Recovery – All Tours designed for athletes using the tour training plans. All you have to do is use enter the promotional code “FreeBikeTour” (without the quotation marks) and instructions for the tour days and a week of recovery are yours at no cost.

Completing a bike tour is a nice accomplishment that compliments your fitness level long after the tour is done.


Find the supporting documents you need to help you with this plan at this link.


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Sample Day 1
1:00:00
AA

Warm up aerobically, running or cycling for 10-20 minutes, then complete 2-3 sets x 15-20 repetitions (reps) of the designated exercises using a light to moderate weight.

Sample Day 2
0:30:00
Recovery - fun

Ride at RPE Zone 1 or below. This should be very easy, a 'noodle ride.'

Sample Day 3
1:00:00
AA

Warm up aerobically, running or cycling for 10-20 minutes, then complete 2-3 sets x 15-20 repetitions (reps) of the designated exercises using a light to moderate weight.

Sample Day 4
0:45:00
Fartlek

Ride mostly in Zones 1 to 2 zones with a few short (10 to 20 second) accelerations placed throughout the workout, your choice. Relax and have fun.

Sample Day 6
1:00:00
Endurance - rolling

This level is used for aerobic maintenance and endurance training. Heart rate should stay primarily in Zones 1 to 2. How much time is spent in each zone depends on how you feel that day. The goal of an E2 ride is not to see how much time you can spend in Zone 2. Ride on a rolling course if possible, with grades up to 4 percent. For reference, most highway off-ramps are 4-percent grade. Riding in a slightly larger gear can simulate a gentle hill, if there are no hills where you live. Remain in the saddle on the hills. If you ride with a group, inner discipline is necessary to let the group go if they want to hammer.

Sample Day 7
0:45:00
Endurance - 90rpm

Ride in Zones 1-2 on a flat to gently rolling course at 90+ rpm. If you're unable to spin 90+ rpm coast and recover until you can.

Sample Day 8
1:00:00
AA

Warm up aerobically, running or cycling for 10-20 minutes, then complete 2-3 sets x 15-20 repetitions (reps) of the designated exercises using a light to moderate weight.

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