How should plan for a ten-day bike ride in the Alps next summer (Geneva to Nice - Grandes Alpes).Apologies for a long post!
61 year old female, cycling 4000-5000km a year, living in southern Sweden.
I’m used to longer cycling trips (cycled Gibraltar to Denmark 2020) and have cycled ten or more HC Alps over the years, doing a different Col for three days, so I have a good idea of the requirements for the trip - mental, physical and practical.
But I’m no mountain goat - and I’m past riding up hills against the clock.
After SUFF spring this year and a couple of cycle touring trips here in Sweden I feel in good shape, perhaps the best ever, so…
How should I plan to best use the months ahead in order to
keep what fitness I have now (late August) ,
possibly improve on my climbing speed (laughingly slow with the right gears!) and
build some serious fitness through a Swedish spring which can be too cold/icy to cycle out of doors until mid April.
I don’t want to “burn out” /tire of turbo training by Christmas. I have used a coach some years ago - big disappointment as I felt I “detrained”, lost any speed I might have had and consequently the Quebrantahuesos gran Fondo was a tearful nightmare for me - although I did get round - with 45 mins to spare on 12 hour time limit.
Is it reasonable to hope I could get EVEN fitter given my age or should I focus on the endurance side of things - and if so - how?
All thoughts welcome! I may also ring a SUFF coach but it would be great to hear what others think!
Thanks - Liz