Sportives – mass participation cycling events – typically feature two key challenges: distance and hills.
Riders are very often attacking new and uncharted distances, and therefore long rides to boost endurance are pretty much a must. However, the vast majority of us only have time to complete a distance orientated ride once a week – jobs, children and busy lives in general tend to prevent us from heading out for three-hours-plus more regularly.
One distance ride a week that gradually increases in length as your event draws closer should be enough provided your goal is a single day event, and you’ll probably want an easy day either side to prepare and recover.
On the other days, your sessions will likely need to be shorter to fit in around the obstacles of day to day life – one hour being a typical time slot allotted for the average rider. Those sessions would be well used to work on the other challenge sportives provide: hills.
Here’s a look at a few quality sessions you can complete in an hour that will help you out when the inclines strike at your sportives this summer…