Chris Froome reveals the extraordinary nocturnal training regime that he tried on his way to success

You won't find this in any training manuals

Chris Froome on stage 17 of the Vuelta a España
(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

If you've ever wondered what it takes to become a four-time Tour de France winner, then Chris Froome has revealed some of the outrageous training techniques that he's been willing to try during his career... including ignoring things like day and night.

Writing in Shortlist magazine, Froome revealed how he had to learn to moderate his drive for success in order to become a better rider, giving one extraordinary example.

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"I once convinced myself that just training once a day was stupid," Froome wrote. "So for a week all I did was train, eat, sleep, train, eat, sleep, and ignored things like the changing of the day, down-time and so on.

"I’d get back at 2pm, eat, sleep, then wake up at 8pm and go out for another six-hour ride, then repeat the cycle. I was riding all through the night and sleeping during daylight, like a vampire who ignored the world around him.

"I only lasted four or five days, then I crashed and burned. It wasn’t healthy."

Despite this idea not paying off, Froome writes that he has no regrets about trying different things with his training, and if he hadn't experimented in this way then he might not be where he is today.

"All the mistakes I made were part of the process I had to go through to get to this point," Froome continued.

"I had to do some stupid things and try some ridiculous, outside-the-box ideas in my training, my cycling and my lifestyle to get to where I am, but every mistake was a learning experience."

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The Team Sky rider also talked about how he has found different motivation as his career has progressed, now finding a drive in his quest to join some of cycling's great names, and describing the feeling of winning the Tour de France for a first time and for a fourth time as like "eating different meals you love".

He continued: "The stakes get higher. It’s hard to describe how the motivation increases if you do well.

"You’ve got what you always wanted, but your ambitions change. You start to compete against the history of the sport, as well as against your rivals around you – but there’s a constant gratitude to it as well."

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.