Training for the Col du Tourmalet and friends, part 4: adding volume
The fitter you are, the more you can ride in the mountains on your own terms. You definitely don't have to be super-fit to ride here (and if you're not, our Meet The Mountains tour is just for you), but a higher level of fitness really helps, especially when your goal is to ride big days back-to-back and do multiple climbs each day.
No doubt that if you are considering a cycling holiday in Europe to climb the mountains, and you found us because you're looking for the best base to ride the famous climbs of the Tour de France, then you already ride a lot and have a good level. That might mean that your fitness has plateaued - that is, your body has adapted to the riding that you're doing and so the only way to get fitter is to challenge your body by making your training harder (longer or more intense).
In this fourth part of the training diary that I wrote for Cyclist magazine last year, with expert input from trainSharp Coaching, I looked at how to break through a training plateau to reach a higher level. It's packed with great training advice. I hope it helps you.
If you have any questions about training for your trip to ride in the mountains or a visit to us here in the Pyrenees, please feel free to contact us.