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Get Fit and Climbing Ready for your European Bike Tour *Workout Builder Heart Rate


Simon Kessler

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12 Weeks

Plan Description

Feel Confident and Ready on your Upcoming Bike Tour in the Mountainous of Europe with this Proven Training Plan!

Training plan description: Did you sign up for a bike tour this summer to ride the big mountains of Europe and are now wondering how to train correctly? Maybe you live in a flat area and are unsure how to train for climbs? We have been running bike tours in Europe for many years and know what it takes to conquer the legendary climbs of Europe. In this plan, you will find specific heart rate based training that simulates climbing both in intensity, cadence, and exertion.

The 12-week plan increases progressively with 3 weeks of building followed by a recovery week. A typical build week includes two specific sessions in the work week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) and an optional ride on Wednesdays. Weekends include one longer, less structured ride which can be a group ride, and one ride with a specific focus. This plan will work for you whether you train 4 or 5 days per week. The weekly hours range between 8-12 hours/total. Before starting the plan you should be doing at least 4 hours/week consistently.

The plan is designed to work indoors as well as outdoors and is designed with the Workout Builder feature which provides your heart rate zones calculated from your maximum heart rate value saved in your TrainingPeaks account. Each session displays automatically your personalized heart rate zones. Additional benefits of the Workout Builder format include direct training session download to your Garmin or Wahoo device and training session upload to Zwift, TrainingRoad, CycleOps and more.

Designed by former professional and multiple national champion coach Simon Kessler of Simon Says Cycling, coach Simon has coached for 25+ years and has enjoyed an incredible track record as a coach which includes state and national champions on multiple continents in road, track and mountain biking. Some of Simon’s clients have won world championship medals and gone on to wear the yellow jersey in the Tour de France. With this plan, you receive 30+ years of top-level experience in a super effective training plan that will lead to fast improvements.

Purchasing this plan includes: Email support from coach Simon directly to get your questions answered plus 1 month access to our membership community with Facebook live coaching calls every Wednesday.

Questions: Please visit us on the web at or email Simon at:

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Plan Features

This training plan starts on a Monday

The plan is reusable an unlimited amount of times

This plan works with heart rate only (no power zones). Click here to view the power version of this training plan.

Designed with the new Workout Builder - offering you more precise training with heart rate zones calculated automatically from your maximum heart rate saved in TrainingPeaks

Download each session automatically to newer version Garmin devices with the TrainingPeaks IQ Garmin Connect App or to your Wahoo Elemnt or Elemnt Bolt with the Wahoo Companion App

Download each session in many different files formats compatible with: Zwift, Wahoo, Trainer Road, Cyclops and more

30 day money-back guarantee

How it Works

Load Your Plan

Quickly view upcoming workouts in the TrainingPeaks app.

Workout and Analyze

Upload completed workouts from your favorite tracking app or device.

Track Your Progress

Get feedback, stay on top of your training and perform at your best.

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Training Plan Sample Week


Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
Bike x5
9:17 hrs 5:00 hrs
Day Off x2
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Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
9:17 hrs 5:00 hrs
Day Off
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Training Load By Week

This plan works best with the following fitness devices:

  • Heart Rate Monitor

All supported devices

Simon Kessler

Simon Says Cycling

Do you want to make real improvements but are often left frustrated with your progress?

Coach Simon Kessler's proven track record (since 2001) has helped everyday cyclists and professionals achieve their goals and attain new levels of satisfaction and fulfillment in their cycling.

Our training plans combine real-world experience with sports science and years of experience coaching cyclists from beginner to professional.

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  • This plan includes a Free Basic TrainingPeaks Account.
  • Access your training plan anywhere on the TrainingPeaks mobile and desktop apps.
  • Track your performance with robust data tracking and detailed graphs.
  • Plan for your event in the TrainingPeaks calendar.
  • Track your weight, sleep, hours, fatigue and stress while you train.
  • Syncs daily with other popular apps like Garmin and MyFitnessPal.

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