Published 6 February 2014
Week 19 of the British Cycling Sportive Training Plans for beginners and week14 for intermediate and advanced riders starts on Monday - download yours today.
You’ll be pleased to know that you get a break from the hills this week. The focus of the Saturday ride are two solid tempo efforts on the flat. Being able to ride strongly on the flat is as important to sportive success as climbing ability. It might fall to you to keep the pace of a group up or you could find yourself on your own battling a headwind. Either way, strong riding will maximise gains and minimise losses.
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, being able to ride strongly on the flat is as important to sportive success as climbing ability. It might fall to you to keep the pace of a group up or you could find yourself on your own battling a headwind. Either way, strong riding will maximise gains and minimise losses.Access training plans here.