Want to go long? Here's how to build your cycling endurance effectively

We spoke to Hunter Allen, co-author of training bible: 𝘛𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘙𝘢𝘤𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘢 𝘗𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘳 𝘔𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘳, on how to grow your engine

Image shows a rider on an endurance bike ride.
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The age old, traditional approach to cycling training involves riders building up a layer cake of intensity – starting with a large base of low intensity endurance sponge before perfecting the product with a thick spread of intensity as spring approaches.

This road racer friendly format might not work so effectively for cyclists training for summer endurance events: century long sportives or full days in the mountains at the likes of the Marmotte and Etape du Tour.

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.