Our preparation for the 2019 L’Etape du Tour de France ramps up this month as we enter the Build Phase of training. You built a good endurance base in earlier training phases. Now it’s time to add intensity as we look to increase your ability to ride hard and fast on the many climbs of L’Etape du Tour de France.
In the Build Phase, you’ll encounter intervals specific to the L’Etape du Tour de France. This includes extending the duration of threshold-type intervals and introducing specific VO2 max work. Expect to see an increase in your FTP.
Along with structured workouts, we’ll continue with our free-ride climbs. During the Build Phase, look to increase the elevation gained with each ride.
Racing on Zwift also plays an important role by providing unstructured high-intensity training. Aim to complete a race each week. Challenge your ability to dig deep in these races.
Keep up the great work!
This training schedule can help map out which days you do what. Use it as a guide, but feel free to switch up days to best suit your schedule. Recovery is just as important as training during this period. Remember, if you’re feeling sick or stressed, rest is usually the best option.
These workouts aren’t date-restricted. Feel free to do them at whatever time best suits you.
Other events (don’t count towards unlock progression but do count to fitness progression):
Maintain volume. Reduce intensity.
Welcome to the 2019 Zwift L’Etape du Tour de France Training Club.
16 weeks. 4 blocks of distinct training phases. This plan will shape you into the best cycling version of yourself. You’ll need it to take on all 135km // 83.8mi of the 2019 L’Etape du Tour de France and its 4,563m // 14,970ft of climbing.
Each of the four training blocks carries a specific focus. Geared toward leveling up your fitness in tangible ways, you’ll come out of every block fitter, faster, and ready to ride.
View more details about the L’Etape du Tour de France Training Club here.