This is a fun profile to allow your class to enjoy a sample of what riders experience during the Tour de France (TDF). There are many aspects of a grand tour like the Tour de France, but we will focus on 4 common efforts:
- The Breakaway
- The Chase
- Attacks on a Climb
- The Final Sprint.
OBJECTIVE AND INTENSITY
This profile will not only give your riders a taste of the intensities of racing in an event like the Tour de France, but will help them discover their strengths and limitations. Each of the efforts we are going to experience during this profile represent a type of fitness a cyclist may possess.
Riders will get an opportunity to assess which aspect of this type of cycling/racing they enjoy and have the aptitude for. The target intensities will hover at Zone 3 (70% Perceived Effort), with numerous efforts pushing riders into Zone 4 (80% Perceived Effort) and the opportunity to extend into Zone 5 (90+% Perceived Effort). Since we are only doing a sampling and not a complete stage (day) of
the Tour de France, time to recover will be provided between efforts. I”™ve tried to provide the target intensity described in both the percentage of their perceived effort (not maximum heart rate) and training zone. This is just for reference as I know there are many
different ways we can guide our class to the desired effort level. These intensity guidelines will hopefully enable you to translate the level of effort to specific heart rate and power training zones if needed.
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Thanks, Tom! This was a great profile to present to my class this morning on the final day of the TDF. Kind of a “best of” ride. They really loved it! 🙂