'Seven times three minutes at 500 watts': How Josh Tarling got into world-beating shape

The newly crowned junior TT world champion talks us through an eye-popping week of preparation

Josh Tarling in action at the road world champs
(Image credit: Alamy)

Want to know how the best riders in the world train? For each article in this long-running MY WEEK IN TRAINING series from Cycling Weekly's print edition, we sit down with a pro rider who talks us through a recent week of training in granular detail. This time it's the turn of junior TT world champion Josh Tarling...

In early August it was announced that 18-year-old Josh Tarling had signed a three-year contract with Ineos-Grenadiers. Little over a month later, the teenager confirmed his prodigious talent by winning the junior TT world title in Wollongong, Australia – beating home favourite Hamish McKenzie by 19 seconds. His move to Ineos means Tarling will jump from junior racing straight to WorldTour, skipping the U23 rung of the ladder. Already a national and European champion on the track, he is quite literally going places, fast. 

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David Bradford
Features editor

David Bradford is features editor of Cycling Weekly (print edition). He has been writing and editing professionally for more than 15 years, and has published work in national newspapers and magazines including the Independent, the Guardian, the Times, the Irish Times, Vice.com and Runner’s World. Alongside his love of cycling, David is a long-distance runner with a marathon PB of two hours 28 minutes. Having been diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa (RP) in 2006, he also writes about sight loss and hosts the podcast Ways of Not Seeing.