Can’t believe that #crossiscoming? Believe it: Cyclocross season is almost here, and it might be time for you to think about a cyclocross training plan. And to get you ready, we have a 16-week plan that gets you through the full season. This popular plan has been updated and tweaked to better suit the busy, adult cyclocross racer who balances family and work with a busy cyclocross calendar. It’s great whether you’re coming off of a road or MTB season and want to have fun and dabble in cyclocross, or if ‘cross is your primary focus (though if you have a very specific race calendar or focus, a custom plan might be better for you).
This plan is best applied during the summer so you have time to train before adding in races. It includes direction on off days, how to add and plan your races and some thoughts around the technical aspects of cyclocross and how to build them into your rides and specific workouts. This plan provides you with workouts and progressions towards cyclocross season. Workouts based around working on cyclocross skills and specific cyclocross fitness. The plan can be adjusted from ~6-15 hours per week, more restrictive or larger volume plans are best done as 100% made for you 3-month plans.
The plan is 16 weeks long. The last 4 weeks should have your main races in it therefore many people are best applying to start in August to allow for October and November as the main race months. Races are assumed starting about 1-month into the plan and directions for how to deal with no-race, single race, or double race weekends are provided. Ideally, you will have completed a general preparation or ‘base’ phase to establish fitness and cycling skills before this more specific block of training.
Some bike workouts include structured downloads for use on Garmin/Zwift/Trainer Road but please note that many workouts DO NOT have downloads as they are meant to be done on the cyclocross bike and adjusted to fit your specific needs. Workouts provide options for outdoors or indoors depending on your location and weather.
Training Plan – 16 weeks of training for your Cyclocross Preparation and through race season: https://www.trainingpeaks.com/training-plans/cycling/cyclocross/tp-149409/16-weeks-through-cyclocross-season