Updated  11th July 2019

This is a report from a cyclist that I did a training analysis and set a training plan for the 2017 Etape du Tour.

The Etape Du tour and similar events are major challenges especially for someone who has limited training time.

Heres the  report in his own words

“Back today from the Etape just letting you know how I got on. I’m happy with my result all things considered I placed in the 2300s out of 11200.

That result placed me in the top 20% of the field my best finish place of the other Etapes I rode was top 33%.

Recommendation by another cyclist

I had taken part in the Etape du Tour a few times before and trained on my own for these.

The training and taking part in them had been enjoyable but this year I was looking to put more focus on my training.

So I contacted Paddy on the recommendation of another cyclist.

I wasn’t in a position to commit much more time to training than I was already was but I really wanted to make sure I was getting the most out of my time.

Paddy and I met to discuss what I wanted out of the year and following on from this he drew up a training plan for me.

Session types

It consisted of a detailed description of all the session types and how and why they would lead to improvements.

This was really helpful as I had all the information in one place and I didn’t have to read any books or go searching on the internet.

Follow the plan

I found it easy to follow and the sessions could be mixed and matched if required

The big plus was that I just had to follow the plan I didn’t have to think was I doing to much or too little.

More power on the hills

During the Etape I found the training paid off as I had more power on the hills.

Overall I was happy with the years training, I didn’t put that much more time in than other years.

The intensity certainly increased and I didn’t feel as tired as the “junk miles” had being removed from the training.

Finished in the 2300s out of 11200 who completed the Etape.  John

Paddy Doran level 3 cycling coach at peakendurancecoaching.ie   Contact

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