This plan is recommended for road racers who are focusing on crits and shorter circuit races. A heart rate monitor is required. Power is not required, but it is recommended. Typical weeks will be between 8-9 hours of training, with recovery weeks around 6.5 hours of training. Most weekday workouts are only 1-1.5hrs. Additionally, this plan incorporates running and strength training.
This plan will take you from the start of base training through your first A priority race.
The plan starts with a 12 week base period where endurance and efficiency are the focus. During this phase, workouts include endurance rides, weight training, running, and efficiency drills. As the program progresses, weights and running are phased out, and more intense intervals begin.
After the base period, you will start the 8 week build period. During this phase the emphasis will be increasing top end power, and your ability to attack and sprinting. The plan concludes with a two week taper before your A priority event.
Throughout the plan you will perform field tests to gauge fitness and there are opportunities to incorporate level B and C races.