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Base Building Plus - Road Low Volume - Classic Zones - 6 to 8 hours per week

Includes Structured Workouts

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Tim Cusick - Coach of World and National Champions

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12 Weeks

Includes Structured Workouts

Structured Workouts automatically sync with compatible devices and guide you through workouts in real time.

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Plan Description

Base Building Plus: 12-Week Road Bike Low-Volume Base Training Plan

Written by Tim Cusick, TrainingPeaks WKO Product Leader and master coach with Velocious Cycling Adventures

WKO structured training plan

Tim Cusick's Base Building Plus Training Plans

Tim's Base Building Plus series of training plans ramp up your training quickly to help you build a solid foundation in 12 weeks by focusing on aerobic capacity, aerobic power, and muscular endurance while building FTP. The workouts have lots of variation, which makes them fun for the trainer and Zwift-type riding, but they can also be done outdoors. These plans are available in three different training volumes for road bike, mountain bike, and time trial, so choose one based on your cycling discipline (if it’s mixed, choose the one you do the most) and how much time you have to train, and voila, you've got a 12-week base building plan focused on you and your goals.

These plans include Tim’s favorite workouts and protocol that he uses with his national and world champion pro cyclists to help them achieve their goals. Each plan gives you all the tools you need, structured workouts that can be used indoors or outdoors, testing to maintain your threshold and training zones, and coach notes and advice.

The workouts use classic training zones and can be used in the traditional format or as structured workouts that can load to your smart trainer or select devices (Garmin, RGT, ErgVideo Free, TrainerRoad, and more) so you can see your workout and interval numbers right on your screen.

Included with your plan:
- Instruction sheet (attached to the first day of the plan)
- Testing
- 10% discount on nutrition guide

Need help loading your structured works to your device or smart trainer? Click here to read instructions.

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Tim Cusick has written dozens of training plans for many different areas of cycling: road, gravel, time trial, mountain bike, cyclocross, indoor training, and more. Click here for a full list of his current plans by sport type and click here for a comparison chart of his major plans.

Click here to view a list of frequently asked questions about our training plans. If you don't find your answer there, please email Coach Kathy Watts.

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Training Plan Sample Week


Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
Bike x5
7:35 hrs 3:30 hrs
Day Off x2
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Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
7:35 hrs 3:30 hrs
Day Off
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Training Load By Week

This plan works best with the following fitness devices:

  • Power Meter
  • Heart Rate Monitor

All supported devices

Tim Cusick

Velocious Endurance Coaching

Tim Cusick is the TrainingPeaks WKO product leader, the owner of Velocious Endurance Coaching, and the leader of BaseCamp. His expertise in training, racing, and data analytics offers a unique approach to training that guides his clients to amazing success. He currently coaches world champion Amber Neben, road pro Emma Grant, Rebecca Rusch, and other pros and racers. Over 100 plans for all cycling disciplines. Need help picking a plan? Fill out our survey:

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  • 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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