Modular training plans introduction

Modular training plans introduction

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Knowledge Level: Intermediate

If you have followed the foundation plan and then either the intermediate or advanced training plans, you will now be perfectly prepared to tackle your target sportives or to achieve your racing aspirations. To enable you to carry on making progress, work your training around your racing and sportives and to ensure you are recovering and tapering optimally, we have produced two levels of rolling modular plans that will allow you to construct your own flexible bespoke plan.

Download the modular training plans here.

How they work

As with the 12-week training plans you have been following, the modular plans are split into an advanced and intermediate version. If you have been following the intermediate 12-week plan, you should use the intermediate modular plan and likewise for the advanced option.

Each plan presents you with nine distinct training weeks.

There are four weeks of ‘build’, which consist of three weeks of increasing duration and/or intensity, followed by an easier ‘recovery week.’ This is the same pattern that you will have become familiar with while following the earlier training plans.

Two weeks out from a key event or race, you should schedule in the ‘14 days from an event’ week which will begin the recovery process designed to deliver you to the start line in the best possible condition. After this week, the ‘event week’ completes your pre-event preparation.

After the ‘event week’, is a ‘post-event week’. This will allow you to quickly recover from your event and, although similar to a ‘recovery week’, is different and better accommodates events that are two weeks apart.

Finally, in the event of you having events one week after another, are the ‘back-to-back event week’ programmes. Back-to-back events should not be a regular occurrence as you won’t be able to perform to the maximum of your ability, consistency of training will suffer and you will increase your risk of overtraining or injury. If you want to take part in a lot of events, you might want to decide which are top priority. For these events you can use a full taper and ride hard but, for less important events, you should treat them as training rides and incorporate them into the plan accordingly.


The fictional example plan below shows how the modules can be used to construct a training plan around you target events.





 Final week of 
 Advanced/Intermediate Plan

 The Hilly Horror 100-mile sportive


 Build 1


 Build 2


 Build 3


 Build 4


 Build 1


 14 days from an event Week


 Event Week

 Lumpy and Bumpy 150-mile sportive


 Post Event Week


 Event Week

 Club 25-mile TT champs


 Post Event Week


 Build 1


 Build 2


 14 days from an event Week


 Event Week

 Club 50-mile TT champs


 Back to Back Event Week

 End of Season 100-mile sportive


 Post Event Week