The countdown to the 2019 season is truly on and it’s time to focus on training for your big cycling challenges for the year – whether that’s a local crit series, sportive or even… a Zwift race.
But what advice would Roger Hammond give to the regular rider, looking to have their best ever year on the bike?
We asked him and found out…
Don’t try to fit a square hole if you’re a round peg
Training has to be something you can easily fit into your life. It’s all very well reading a training plan that the professionals do, but it’s not practical for everyday life.
As a pro you base your entire life around training. The average person has to fit their training around normal life.
So don’t try to be the square peg. Because you’re not a full-time pro rider.
Strava is great for seeing how the pros train... but should probably come with a 'don't try this at home' disclaimer.
Keep it simple
Try to make your training as simple as possible, as easy to follow as possible.
Consistency over cramming
Preferably underdo it than overdo it. Regularity is better than volume.
Little but often is better than cramming a week in Spain and then being so shattered or ill you can’t do anything. Because you’ll have lost it all by the time you’re riding again.