Published 24 October 2013
Week four of the British Cycling Sportive Training Plans for beginners starts on Monday, the fourth of 25 weeks of prescribed training sessions designed to get you to your first sportive in the best possible shape.
Congratulations on reaching week four and your first recovery week. Regular recovery weeks, with less training volume, are an essential part of any structured training plan. It’s during these weeks that your body is able to adapt to the demands of training and, in doing so, become fitter. There are optional bonus sessions you can do if you can’t bear the thought of not riding but take it easy and remember a recovered rider is a strong rider.
By following the plans, British Cycling members will benefit from the same expert knowhow that has propelled Britain to the top of World cycling.
Developed by British Cycling’s expert coaches and using sessions ridden by the top riders; it’s a structured, scientific and proven route to cycling success which, together with advice from British Cycling’s Insight Zone, forms a powerful cycling knowledgebase.
FOLLOW THE PLAN
If you’re new to cycling or it has been a while since you were last in the saddle, the British Cycling Sportive Training Plan is the ideal way for you to train for and complete up to a 60-mile sportive. Using heart rate to gauge intensity, you’ll always be training at the right level and ensuring you’re riding and recovering optimally to make maximum fitness gains.
Whether you’re a sportive regular or aspiring to take part in your first ever event, British Cycling’s sportive tips and advice pages have all the information you’ll need.
Intermediate/Advanced Training Plans (From November 11)
Regular recovery weeks, with less training volume, are an essential part of any structured training plan. It’s during these weeks that your body is able to adapt to the demands of training and, in doing so, become fitter.