Riding Heaven's Highways on the grand tour
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The following is my summary of a periodized plan. This is a very high level and basic summary and won't exactly get you to the tour, but should help keep you from getting dropped.
You should probably spend the first 6-8 weeks (at least) doing base training. Long rides at steady pace, maybe 60-75% of your MHR. This will be to build endurance. Then start building up the intensity somewhat. Intervals, sprints, climbs, and at least one LSD (long steady distance) ride each week. Work in blocks of 3 weeks adding intensity and then 1 week if easy recovery.
That's the basic program for just staying with the pack.
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