Bike Packing Level 1 – BASE TRAINING – 6 week plan with 5 training sessions per week
For a multi-day bike packing event, 6 week base training period
- For regular cyclists capable of 120km (75 miles) on the road or 60km (40 miles) off-road
- For base training in preparation for our Level 1 or Level 2 bikepacking plans, or in preparation for other endurance events
- There is no need for any equipment but heart-rate or power based training zones are recommended
- Tests and advice on how to setup training zones is included in the
- Introductory pdf document
- Longest training session is 8 hours
- Weekly average is 8 hours 40 minutes
- There are 5 training sessions each week
This plan is designed to help you develop the fitness to complete a multi-day bike packing event. This plan is less strenuous than our level 2 plan but still requires you to have been cycling regularly and/or have a strong cycling background before starting out. The plan can be used for either road, gravel or mountain bike events. If you are unsure of whether the plan is for you then get in touch and we will help you decide.
This shortened plan is the first 6 weeks of the Bikepacking Level 1 (12 week plan) providing a starting point to either move into the second part of the plan, or if you fitness and background allows, to move directly to the Bikepacking Level 2 plans.
As a guide: before starting this plan you should have a good background in cycling and have completed a minimum of several one day rides further than 120km (75 miles) on road or gravel tracks and/or 60km (40 miles) rides on mountain bike terrain.
The plan is based on a gradual increase in volume and intensity that builds with your fitness. Higher intensity sessions are planned during weekdays, to make effective use of the often limited available training time during the working week. Weekends are used to build endurance and volume as well as practice riding and logistical skills.