This training plan has been put together by Dr Garry Palmer, and uses the training principles in his book Elite Performance Cycling: Successful Sportives.


The training plan uses a focus of heart rate based sessions (however for sportive riders who use power, the sessions can easily be switched to power based efforts), and assumes the rider has a reasonable base of fitness before setting out on their winter training plan (4-6 hours per week for a minimum of 6 weeks would be suitable).

The objectives of this plan are in increase endurance fitness, raise training volumes, and indirectly improved FTP. The plan follows a simple principle of using at least 2 rest days in a week, and has only one session per day.

Training Plan - 8 Week Cyclist Base Fitness Builder (Winter Builder)

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