These plans will help both new and seasoned bikepacking and ultraendurance athletes prepare for the next big event with both on- and off-the-bike guidance. Included in both plans are two separate training calendars with daily training recommendations. The “Level 1” calendars are designed for athletes with minimal experience in ultraendurance events and for masters athletes; both groups generally benefit from a moderate training volume and shorter training blocks with more recovery time. The “Level 2” calendars includes higher training volume and longer training blocks for more experienced athletes. Cyclists should have completed at least four weeks of general base training before starting any of these programs (click on one of the plans above to learn more about this caveat).
A 60+ page preparation guide is also included in both programs with 9 chapters covering topics such as heart rate and power training, strength training, interval workouts, recovery, sports nutrition, mental training, pedaling efficiency, and goal setting. One chapter is also devoted to analyses of heart rate and power data from different styles of bikepacking races.
Both plans are available for download as PDF documents.
The Bikepacker's Guide Created in collaboration and Salsa Cycles and published in July 2015, this book is written with the goal of giving readers all they need to know in order to plan and execute their first bikepacking adventure. The book includes chapters on route creation, food and water planning, and bike and gear considerations. A selection of vignettes from memorable trips provide context, share some lessons learned, and offer perspectives from other experienced bikepackers including Cass Gilbert, Casey Greene, and Eszter Horanyi.
The Bikepacker's Guide is available through any bike shop in the U.S. through Quality Bike Parts (item # MA2074) and should sell for just $10.