Ride your very own Tour de France with our 3-week training plan starting July 1st, 2017.
This Tour de France training plan is set up to mimic the physiological demands and terrain of the 2017 Tour through intervals of varying intensities and durations. This year’s Tour starts with a 14 km Time trial which is a great opportunity for your very own field test! It’s the one time of the plan you will actually put in a similar effort as the athletes, though many of us won’t be putting out over 6 watts per kilo! Then you can set up proper training zones to use for the rest of the plan. After a rest week following the 3-weeks, you can repeat your effort to measure your improvement!
Use this training plan as a stepping block into the rest of your summer. Get some rest afterward and you will be fast!
This training plan is suppose to help mimic the demands the riders go through and along with that comes pain and fatigue. You are about to do a huge block of training, so make sure you are fresh heading into this training plan.
Calendar codes of stages
HM: High mountain stage
M: Medium mountain stage
H: Hilly stage
F: Flat stage
ITT: Individual time trial
TTT: Team Time Trial
The calendar shows the finishing city of each stage next to the date. On your training rides, try to mimic the stage as much as possible. Obviously, if you live in Florida or Texas, finding alpine climbs is impossible. You can still obtain the physiological benefit of zone 4 training by power output, heart rate or good old-fashioned feel and rate of perceived exertion. Watch the Tour live in the morning for inspiration, then head out after for some riding of your own! Good luck an Go Fast!