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This is a training plan created by Endurance Strong is designed to prepare an advanced cyclist for a Criterium or Short Road Race or Event. On Non-Recovery Weeks this plan ranges from 11.5-14.0hrs/wk and 715-930 TSS/wk and is suitable for a Cat 1/2 or experienced Cat 3 racers and advanced cyclists preparing for a 40min-2.5hr race or event. Recommended starting fitness would be a minimum of a CTL in the 80's, which a previous Endurance Strong Advanced Race Training Plan should have you at. This plan has notes on how and when to incorporate strength training but no other strength training guidance. Endurance Strong also offers this same Training Plan with a full Strength Training Plan included at a slightly higher price point (Best Value), as well as separate Goal-Specific Strength Training Plans available a la carte for further individualization. It is recommended that for the first “A” priority race of the year you do a full 12wk Base Phase and a 12wk Build Phase to reach maximum potential, and use this 8wk Build Phase plan for subsequent “A” races. But if you have limited time until your race or have a good base of fitness already, this plan is sure to do the trick. This plan generally follows the sequence of: 


- Monday - Off

- Tuesday - Shorter Intervals / Sprints

- Wednesday - Shorter Endurance and Strength Training

- Thursday - Tempo / Sweet Spot

- Friday - Active Recovery

- Saturday - HIIT or Medium/Long Intervals and Strength Training

- Sunday - Longer Endurance Ride


Training Peaks version available here for $10 upcharge.

- Allows transfer to cycling computers, watches and indoor training platforms.

- Includes Basic Training Peaks account where you can adjust training plan workouts in calendar.

Cycling - Criterium or Short Race / Event - Advanced - 8wks

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