Published 30 January 2014
Week 18 of the British Cycling Sportive Training Plans for beginners and week 13 for intermediate and advanced riders start on Monday - download yours today.
Hopefully last week’s hilly hell wasn’t too bad and you’ve laid a few demons to rest as you’re repeating the same ride at the end of this week. Think back over the ride and consider if there were any sections you could have ridden better. Maybe you need to ease off at the start of a certain climb or can afford to carry more speed on some descents.
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.
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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 for beginners 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.
If you’re an experienced sportive rider, looking to take your cycling to the next level and maybe start hitting some gold standards, the British Cycling Sportive intermediate and advanced training plans are for you. With a less prescriptive, user-driven four-week rolling structure, you get expert coaching and proven British Cycling training sessions, but it’s more flexible and easier to mould round your target events. Whether you train using heart rate or power, you can guarantee every pedal stroke will be propelling you effectively towards your cycling goals.
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.
If you're following the beginner plans, it's time to think back over rides and consider if there were any sections you could have ridden better. Maybe you need to ease off at the start of a certain climb or can afford to carry more speed on some descents.Access training plans here.