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Race Winning Intervals

May 21, 2019

Race Winning Intervals

Train yourself hard, keep going hard, and then dig deep to sprint at the end.

by Alison Powers ALP Cycles Coaching

Looking for a workout that will help you win a bike race? Look no further than Race Winning Intervals. These intervals will help you attack and get off the front of the race, then be able to stay on the gas to stay away, and finally, sprint for the win. After a good warm-up you will do 4 intervals of 3:40 min. Each interval consists of a 10 sec sprint (the initial attack to create separation from the group), 20 more seconds of really hammering in zone 6 (to create the gap between you and the group, then you settle in zone 5 VO2 for 3 min. This is how you maintain the gap that you just created between you and the group. The interval ends with a 10 sec sprint as you sprint to the finish line. 

You can vary these intervals by changing up the length and intensity of the "settle in" part (i.E. go hard, then settle at Zone 4 lactate threshold for 9 min, then sprint for the win).

ALP Cycles Alison Powers Intervals

Here is an actual race winning interval - my 2014 US Pro Road Race win. This is 16 min long and you can see the initial separation. This was a technical downtown circuit so there were a lot of corners and small hills; that's what all the coasting followed by hard efforts to get up to speed, stay on the gas, and stay away are. I also tried to surge up each little hill to maintain speed and then "recover" once my speed was up on the downhills. Halfway through was a steep little climb that required more effort/watts than my finish effort (which made it feel like I was doing two RWI's back to back). 

Train yourself to go hard, keep going hard, and then dig deep to sprint at the end. You'll be pleased with the rewards.

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ABOUT ALISON POWERS

Alison Powers

Alison Powers only recently retired from cycling, finishing her final season on the UnitedHealthcare Women’s Team. Her career has spanned a wide array of wins, including the 2013 USA Cycling Professional Criterium National Championship where she won in memorable fashion by soloing after an early breakaway that obliterated the pro women’s peloton. Other standout results during the 33-year-old’s 2013 season include the win at Redlands Bicycle Classic, second at the Tour of Elk Grove, third at the US National Road Championship and the US National Time Trial Championship, and stage wins at Cascade Classic, Tulsa Tough, Tour of the Gila and Redlands Bicycle Classic. Hailing from Fraser, Colorado, Powers has been racing bikes professionally for eight years and is a true athlete with her career beginning as a teenager in mountain bike racing. In her mid 20s, she added in alpine ski racing before switching over to the road. In addition to being the current Criterium National Champion, Powers has two other national championships (Time Trial, Team Pursuit) and 2 NRC titles (2009, 2013).

 

About ALP Cycles Coaching

ALP Cycles Coaching is located in the mountains of Colorado, and is a cycling coaching company with over 25 years of professional sports experience. ALP Cycles Coaching is unique in that we have 4 coaches, Alison Powers, Shawn Heidgen, Jennifer Triplett, and Patricia Schwager who each brings her own coaching strengths and personal experiences. We work together to create a training plan that works for each and every person. Visit them online at http://alpcyclescoach




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