12-Week Advanced Cycling Workout Plan2020-10-11T19:05:50+01:00

12-Week Advanced Cycling Training Plan

No matter your experience, sometimes you need a nudge in the right direction. Cycling is an excellent form of exercise and cyclists are fortunate to have so much diversity and opportunity to push our bodies to the limit when it comes to training. This advanced 12-week cycling training plan is designed to aid you in achieving your goals.

SUMMARY

  • For those already cycling 5+ hours per week who feel like they have plataued
  • Competitive cyclists.

Is this cycling plan suitable for me?

  • To calculate how many extra calories you need, multiply the distance of your ride by 40-50 calories. For example, for a 50-mile bike ride, you need 2,000 – 2,500 calories
  • Timing your refueling on a cycle is imperative to avoid indigestion, solid foods early on and sugary liquid/gels towards the end.

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  • Weeks 1 – 4, get a feel for the intensity with 8 hours of cycling
  • Weeks 5 – 8, up the intensity with more sprints and an elevated heart rate
  • Weeks 9 – 11, peak intensity throughout 10 hours of cycling
  • Week 12, finish the 12 weeks with plenty of rest.

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NUTRITION ADVICE FOR ENDURANCE CYCLING

When getting ready for a training ride or race day, you need to make sure your body has the fuel it needs to reach its full potential. As a cyclist, you can increase your calorie consumption, without gaining weight. That does not mean you can indulge in your favourite takeaway every night; you need to be smart about the additional calories you are putting into your body.

To calculate how many extra calories you need, multiply the distance of your ride by 40-50 calories. For example, for a 50-mile bike ride, you need 2,000 – 2,500 calories.

12-WEEK ADVANCED CYCLING TRAINING

To get the most out of this plan, you will need a heart rate monitor and know your maximum heart rate (MHR = roughly 220 – your age)

  • Zone 1: Endurance session at 45-50bpm below your MHR
  • Zone 2: Endurance session at 40-45bpm below your MHR
  • Zone 3: Endurance session at 30-40bpm below your MHR
  • Zone 4: Intensive effort at 25-30bpm below your MHR and just below your lactate threshold
  • Zone 5: Intensive effort at 15-25bpm below your MHR and just above your lactate threshold
  • Zone 6: Maximum effort at 0-15bpm below your MHR
  • Zone 7: Maximum sprinting effort at or just below your MHR

The plan is split into 3 blocks, with the view that your criterium or PB ride is at the end of the 12th week. Adjust the days according to your schedule, but try and keep them consistent, so that your training becomes a regular habit. Embrace and savour rest days, do not be tempted to overtrain at the beginning; this will set you back.

WEEKS 1 – 4

Day Duration Intensity Instructions
Sunday 3 hrs 30 min Zone 1 on the flats

Zone 3/4 Climbs

Zone 7 Sprints

Weekly long ride

Incorporate 5 x 10 sec flat out sprints throughout the ride

Tuesday 1 hr 30 min Zone 1 on the flats

Zone 3 Climbs

Zone 7 Sprints

5 x 10 sec flat out sprints

Go easier on the hills, but attack the sprints

Thursday 1 hr 30 min Zone 1 on the flats

Zone 3 Climbs

Zone 5 – 6 Intervals

6 x 4 min intervals

Focus on maintaining even effort throughout the intervals

Saturday 1 hr 30 min Zone 3 throughout Focus on pedal efficiency and try to maintain the same cadence throughout
TOTAL CYCLING TIME: 8 HR

WEEKS 5 – 8

Day Duration Intensity Instructions
Sunday 3 hrs 30 min Zone 2 on the flats

Zone 4 Climbs

Zone 7 Sprints

Weekly long ride

10 x 10 sec flat out sprints throughout the ride

Tuesday 2 hrs Zone 2 on the flats

Zone 4 Climbs

Zone 7 Sprints

10 x 10 sec flat out sprints

Go easier on the hills, but attack the sprints

Thursday 1 hr 30 min Zone 1 on the flats

Zone 4 Climbs

Zone 5 – 6 Intervals

6 x 5 min intervals

Focus on maintaining even effort throughout the intervals

Saturday 1 hr 30 min Zone 3 throughout Focus on pedal efficiency and try to maintain the same cadence throughout
TOTAL CYCLING TIME: 8 HR 30 MIN

WEEKS 9 – 11

Day Duration Intensity Instructions
Sunday 4 hrs Zone 2 on the flats

Zone 4 Climbs

Zone 7 Sprints

Weekly long ride

10 x 20 sec flat out sprints throughout the ride

Tuesday 2 hrs Zone 3 on the flats

Zone 4 Climbs

Zone 7 Sprints

10 x 20 sec flat out sprints

Go easier on the hills, but attack the sprints

Thursday 2 hrs Zone 2 on the flats

Zone 4 Climbs

Zone 5 – 6 Intervals

6 x 5 min intervals

Focus on maintaining even effort throughout the intervals

Saturday 2 hr Zone 3 throughout Focus on pedal efficiency and try to maintain the same cadence throughout
TOTAL CYCLING TIME: 10 HR

WEEK 12

Day Warm-up Duration Intensity Instructions
Sunday 10 min 2 hrs Zone 2 on the flats

Zone 4 Climbs

Zone 7 Sprints

Weekly long ride

5 x 20 sec flat out sprints throughout the ride

Tuesday 15 min 1 hr Zone 3 throughout Focus on pedal efficiency and try to maintain the same cadence throughout
Wednesday Rest Day
Thursday Rest Day
Friday Rest Day
Saturday Rest Day
TOTAL CYCLING TIME: 3 HR

Dialing down your training the week before the big day will ensure you have the power in your legs to reach your goal. By focusing on your HR thresholds and interval training, your cardiovascular fitness will be ready for the unpredictability and challenges of race day. If you are keen to get personal training, learn more about our 12-week cycling training masterclass.

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