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What Is The Build Phase?

You have invested in a solid base training phase, and over the last 3 to 4 months, you focused on your strengths and weaknesses and prepared your body for the higher intensities and the season. Up next is the build phase.

The goal of the second phase is to prepare you for your specific race requirements. During the build phase, at least 2 weekly workouts should be specific to your goal/event, and all of the other workouts during the week are dedicated to recovering and maintaining the more basic forms of your cycling fitness. 

Where/when to start?

The build training phase starts 2 to 2.5 months before your race season. The duration is generally 6 to 9 weeks of focused specificity and quality workouts to improve your fitness. Longer than 9 weeks, and you might start to lose the gains while creating a high fatigue cost.

Adequate rest and recovery is a must!

To get the most out of the build phase it is essential to get enough rest and recovery to generate the power and speed that are similar to the demands of your goal or event. Look for good indicators of recovery – positive attitude, feelings of health, motivation to train, high-quality sleep, normal resting and training heart rates and balanced emotions.

What should the focus of this training phase be if you are not training for a specific event?

If you are a beginner and not training for a specific event, then your primary focus for this training phase could be to increase your threshold power. 

If you are an experienced cyclist and not training for a specific event, then your primary focus for this training phase could be to improve your weaknesses or maximize your strengths. Your choice could be determined by your natural abilities, the type of cyclist you are and how much your weakness limits you.

Discover the range of build plans below...

Do you want to develop short and sharp repeatability power?

This plan improves your ability to repeat near-maximal to maximal power outputs and decrease recovery times between successive bursts of higher intensities, speed and power. 

​Do you want to develop all-around power?

This plan is ​a balanced approach to give you versatility and improves your ability to be competitive in various disciplines and rides or races over a duration of 3 to 5 hours or multiple back-to-back short days. This plan is also suited to a cyclist who has not yet developed specific strengths.

Do you want to develop sustainable power?

This plan ​improves your climbing ability, power output and fatigue resistance for rides and races over a duration of 6 to 12 hours and upwards and over multiple back-to-back long days. 

Do want to develop discipline-specific fitness on your foundation or prepare for an event, and fine-tune technical skills and mental readiness?

What comes after the build phase?

Up next is the peak/taper phase. Here, training volume is reduced, and your workouts simulate the intensity and condition of the goal event but are not as long as the race/goal duration.


That is it. Thank you for reading. Please get in touch if you have a question or are unsure about which pre-built plan is best for you. 


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