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Any Training Tips For Etape Du Tour??

Mar 7, 2009
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Hi All,
I'm riding the Etape Du Tour from Montellimar to Mont Ventoux in July and i was just wondering does anyone have any tips for training? Are there any internet sites with training programmes for the Etape?
At the moment i am doing between 150 and 200 miles a week. I try to take in a couple of climbs each week.
Its tough going at the moment, with the weather here in the southwest of Ireland. It isnt easy tackling the category one climb of Connor Pass in the Dingle Peninsula against a strong headwind. It has to be done though.
It will all be worth it when i cross the finish line on Ventoux!!!
Any tips would be greatly appreciated...... Cheers
 
Mar 12, 2009
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Good luck with the ride, seems like your doing the right things- miles in the legs and find any hill you can climb up , only way to train for a stage like that. The Etape this year is a huge one, I think its just under 200 kilometres of up and down with you know what at the end!!!
By the way training in headwinds will help when nearing the top of Ventoux:D
 
Kingdomlad said:
Hi All,
I'm riding the Etape Du Tour from Montellimar to Mont Ventoux in July and i was just wondering does anyone have any tips for training? Are there any internet sites with training programmes for the Etape?
At the moment i am doing between 150 and 200 miles a week. I try to take in a couple of climbs each week.
Its tough going at the moment, with the weather here in the southwest of Ireland. It isnt easy tackling the category one climb of Connor Pass in the Dingle Peninsula against a strong headwind. It has to be done though.
It will all be worth it when i cross the finish line on Ventoux!!!
Any tips would be greatly appreciated...... Cheers

Not only do you need to some training that is around the same sort of time you expect to take to finish the Etape (this is to get comfortable with riding for such a duration), but it's important to also do some intensity work as well.

The intensity will have a greater impact on your fitness - allowing you to ride at a greater power output for longer. This could include efforts such as 90-mins at a good tempo (not race pace), or riding hard on hills (i've unfortunately no idea what the hills are like where you are) and flats for 5 to 20-mins.

In terms of training programmes we do training plans that are geared to Sportives (as well as races), see http://rst-training.blogspot.com/ as do other coaching companies.

Ric
 
Mar 18, 2009
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Ric_Stern/RST said:
Not only do you need to some training that is around the same sort of time you expect to take to finish the Etape (this is to get comfortable with riding for such a duration),

Hah! Ordinarily this would be good advice, but one year I was "coaching" a rider who was working for Eurocycler (a touring company) and had only ride with tour guests for several weeks. This was in the midst of the Tour de France, and she also was signed up for L'Étape. I was worried, and advised caution: pace yourself, and eat/drink plenty. I was fearful the lack of duration would take its toll late in the event. This served to (quite effectively) to undermine her self confidence, I think.

So what did she do? Threw caution to the wind, went out and won it, of course:

http://www.eurocycler.com/views.asp?i=40 (great write-up, and some good tips in there)

Adrenaline can do that for you, I guess. That and great coaching. Genes? Got nothin' to do with it! :D
 
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