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

Training Load By Week
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours: 09:17

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 simonsayscycling.com or email Simon at: simon@simonsayscycling.com

Training for another race or personal improvement goal? Checkout our other training plans for racing (road, time trial, criterium), centuries, gran fondos, base training, power gains, and more. Visit: simonsayscycling.com

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

Sample Day 1
1:15:00
63.3TSS
Tempo

Tempo intervals to build muscular endurance.

The goal is to keep a smooth and consistent effort throughout the interval. These intervals are best performed on a flat terrain, steady climb, or indoor trainer.

Sample Day 2
1:15:00
61.2TSS
Ride on feel (Zone 1-2)

Road (or indoors) / Zone 1-2 / preferred cadence.

Ride as you feel with no structured training. You can do a group ride but avoid going hard. Time in the saddle at a moderate pace. Enjoy the bike!

If you train indoors this ride can be reduced to 1 hour.

If you train 4 days a week this can be your rest day.

Sample Day 3
1:19:00
67.7TSS
Big Gear

Big gear interval to develop muscular strength endurance.

The big gear interval is ideally performed on a route with no stops and on a relatively flat terrain, steady uphill grade, or indoor trainer.

Sample Day 5
2:00:00
80TSS
Endurance

Endurance ride mostly in Zone 2. The ride intensity should feel neither easy or hard with fatigue slowly increasing over time. This can be a group ride but don't go hard.

Sample Day 6
2:00:00
98TSS
Ride on feel (Zone 1-3) - group option

Road (or indoors) / Zone 1-3 / SS rpm. Ride as you feel with no structured training. You can do a group ride but avoid going hard. Time in the saddle. Enjoy the bike!

If you train indoors this ride can be reduced by 30 minutes.

Sample Day 8
1:15:00
65TSS
Tempo

Tempo intervals to build muscular endurance.

The goal is to keep a smooth and consistent effort throughout the interval. These intervals are best performed on a flat terrain, steady climb, or indoor trainer.

Sample Day 9
1:15:00
61.2TSS
Ride on feel (Zone 1-2)

Road (or indoors) / Zone 1-2 / preferred cadence.

Ride as you feel with no structured training. You can do a group ride but avoid going hard. Time in the saddle at a moderate pace. Enjoy the bike!

If you train indoors this ride can be reduced to 1 hour.

If you train 4 days a week this can be your rest day.

Simon Kessler
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Simon Says Cycling

Simon Says Cycling training plans draw on over 30 years of racing experience in the amateur and professional ranks and a highly accomplished coaching career that spans over 20 years and includes world championship medals, national and state champions, and everyday cyclists achieving personal breakthroughs.

Coach Simon’s success proven coaching methods combine cutting edge training with developing your mental fitness by tapping into your inner power. Learn more at http://simonsayscycling.com