5 weeks to train for hills - please advise

Discussion in 'Cycling Training' started by the_ryder, Apr 4, 2006.

  1. the_ryder

    the_ryder New Member

    Aug 22, 2005
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    Hey All -

    I was just afforded an opportunity to go to the Tour of the Unknown Coast in Northern California with all expenses paid and I would like to take advantage of this opportunity. The deal is basically that my friend's dad wants me to pull him through the hill stages and I have 5 weeks to get myself optimized for this job. Here is the event web page:


    Can anyone advise me as to how I should prepare for this? Right now I have a good cardio base to work off of I just to crank and refine. Thanks for all the help.


    If it is any help - some stats:
    Age: 20
    Height: 5' 8 1/2"
    Weight: 135-140 lbs
    If you need any other numbers when considering let me know.

  2. achtervolger

    achtervolger New Member

    Dec 31, 2005
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    Ah, the hell in Humboldt! My home ride!

    Get in as many miles as you can between now and then, and be ready for wind, wind and rain. It's a tough, tough ride.

    Worst of it (for me) is the wall, nearer the end, a long, ridiculously steep climb.

    Long intervals would be what I'd do indoors when I couldn't get the miles in, 20 mins to 1/2 an hour at or around LT should get you there.
  3. Sillyoldtwit

    Sillyoldtwit New Member

    Jan 13, 2006
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    Just what I'm doing for a 160km ride on a roller coaster mountain ride here in Japan in June. At least one long ride a week I think is necessary. I stepped up my Sunday ride last week to 75km including a 6km climb, and intend to extend this course to over 100km in May. The intervals you mentioned, and that I've been doing, made the 6km hill a piece of cake.
    Best of luck!;)