Dig Deep Coaching 3 Week Grand Tour 2018
The Dig Deep Coaching 3 Week Grand Tour, is a Zwift virtual replication of the Tour de France which will allow people to participate and understand the demands of what it is like to ride for 3 weeks, over variances of intensity and durations.
We have looked at each individual stage and devised workouts that is comparable to the effort which the actual riders will be taking on during the Tour. We have used our expert knowledge and many hours going through Power Data and stats from previous races, to understand and approximate effort during critical times of each stage. You will be able to feel what it is like to attack on a punchy climb in Brittany, power over the cobbles of northern France and push your limits for long periods of time on Alpine climbs. All of the stages will last between 45 minutes and 1.5 hrs.
How does it work?
We have detailed the intensity and durations that are comparable to the demands the riders will be doing during each stage and replicated that into a workout for you to complete each day. You will be able to ride your own Tour de France each day, on the same day that the riders will be tackling the actual race during July.
We have picked a role which you will mimic each day. You will take on a persona of different types of riders who make up a Grand Tour and in doing so, each stage ridden will always be different than before.
You will have the following roles to play during the 3 Week Tour:
You are placed with the responsibility to get your team sprinter to the finish in the best position possible and use your power and speed in the last 10 minutes of the stage to make the pace fast.
It is your responsibility to be in the front from the start and make the early break. It is common on Grand Tours, that the opening kilometers in the stages can be the hardest, as the riders attack to make the prestigious break. Attack from the gun and then do your best to hold onto your lead as you approach the finish.
GC Rider (GC = General Classement)
You are the designated team leader and it is not an easy job to stay focused for the full stage. It is your responsibility to be ready for the big attacks so you need to be fresh and ready for these hard days.
The end of the stage is your total focus, keeping the legs as fresh as possible for the end is crucial. To win a bunch sprint requires expert positioning, you need to jump onto your opponent's wheels in the closing stages of the race, so get ready for an explosive end.
On the hilly stages you will either be the designated rider going for the win, or you will be helping your GC team leader be in the front. This means you need to be ready for longer climbs, with sustained power efforts to stay in contention. This along with being explosive on the short punchy climbs.
The intensity of every stage is made to the percentage of your FTP and it will be relevant to your current fitness. You can pick and choose the days that you would like to do, or you can tackle all 21 stages!
This is a great opportunity to not only feel part of the mythical Tour de France but also to take this opportunity to build your own fitness and see the benefits later in the year.
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