Published 13 March 2014
Week 24 of the British Cycling Sportive Training Plans for beginners and week 19 for intermediate and advanced riders starts on Monday - download yours today.
Tapering down for a big event can be tough. You might feel sluggish and start to worry that all your hard work is going to waste. Don’t be tempted to try to fit in one more big ride or tough turbo session, you won’t gain any fitness from it and you’ll potentially undo the gains you’ll be making from recovery. Have confidence in the training you’ve done and use any extra time to finalise logistical plans.
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, you may be feeling sluggish and start to worry that all your hard work is going to waste. Don’t be tempted to try to fit in one more big ride or tough turbo session, you won’t gain any fitness from it and you’ll potentially undo the gains you’ll be making from recovery.Access training plans here.