Published: 20 February 2014
Week 21 of the British Cycling Sportive Training Plans for beginners and week 16 for intermediate and advanced riders starts on Monday - download yours today.
Time for testing again. It’s important to check for any changes in your threshold and resulting shifts in your heart rate zones. You’ll be using these zones to pace your sportive, so it’s vital that they’re up to date and accurate. You’ll also return to your week three hill and see how much faster you can ride it now.
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 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 gauge your progress by testing your training zones again. Having accurate zones means you'll be matching your effort to the prescribed training, maximising the effect of every session.Access training plans here.