2023 Ride Harder Academy starts on:
Monday 14th October 2024

Do you want to ride faster?

Join the Ride Harder Academy and follow the 12 week training plan within a virtual group environment. The Ride Harder training plan takes on the train smarter principles that I have created and provides a holistic approach making you faster on the bike!

Pre register for the 2024 Academy Now!

Limited spaces available!
Join the 12 week Academy and get ready to get fitter & faster!
The plan starts in October 2024.
Want something sooner? Check out all Training Plans that can be completed in your own time

Want to get started now?

Download the Ride Harder Training Plan & get started today!

The complete power-based cycling plan to make you FASTER. This is the exact plan that was used within my successful 2023/24 Ride Harder Academy!

Don’t forget the plan is yours to keep so you can start when you want and re-use it as many times as you wish!

The Ride Harder Academy Training Program

What is the Ride Harder Academy?

The Ride Harder Academy will help you transform your cycling skills, power and speed in just 12 weeks.

The complete cycle training plan that is simple to follow. It will teach you to ride efficiently and train smart meaning you will be faster on the bike for LESS effort and have MORE spare time available.

Keep motivated over the winter months to smash your cycling goals

The Ride Harder Academy’s comprehensive three-phased training plan is supported up by a team of coaches and an exclusive online community of like-minded cyclists that are committed to helping you stay motivated and become a better rider.

Plus much more…

  • 20% off Training Peaks
  • Weekly FB Q&A
  • Opportunity to join virtual Group Workouts
  • Workouts available on Zwift
  • Accountability buddy
  • Basic HR plan option as well as power-based
  • … and much more …

View the full list of what’s included

A smarter way to train to improve heath, happiness and mental wellbeing

This 12-week plan takes on the train smart ethos so not only gives you all the training sessions needed to achieve your individual cycling goals it takes a holistic approach to improving on and off the bike. Going through the plan with the community environment of the Ride Harder academy and with the support of Ride Harder head coach you will be held accountable and committed to completing the plan.


Pedal like a Pro and gain a CAN DO mindset while building base fitness

Alongside setting your personal training zones during the first phase of the plan, we will be learning healthy habits to help you as a cyclist in the long-term. The sessions will work on improving your pedal stroke and other techniques to make you more efficient as a cyclist. We will also go deep into the mindset during this period to make you think like a cyclist with a positive ‘can do’ mindset!

Lactate Threshold

SMASH your previous Functional Threshold Power (FTP)

The next phase will look at not only increasing your threshold power, but also the ability to hold that power for longer periods. As intensity and volume of training increases, the Academy Community is there to give you the motivation & encouragement to power through this middle block. We’ll also learn what food to eat on and off the bike to improve your performance and recover faster.

Aerobic Capacity

RAISE your cycling fitness ceiling to never seen new heights!

After achieving a good fitness base, this block is where you will push your fitness ceiling higher with targeted intervals. As the sessions increase further, we continue to focus on the train smart fundamentals of conditioning, such as wellness and nutrition.
The end result? A fitter, faster cyclist who has developed the knowledge and healthy habits to Live Longer & Ride Further.

Every year I get feedback from my graduates which helps me develop and shape my plan every term for maximum results.

Going through the plan within the community environment of the Ride Harder Academy and with the support of Ride Harder head coach you will be held accountable and committed to completing the plan.

What our graduates say

“This is the first structured training plan I have done. I have found James to be both knowledgeable and full of encouragement … It has made me accountable for my own time and training management.”

I can feel and see the difference in my riding

Great way to keep up with fitness during the dark winter months.

“The Winter Training Plan has delivered great improvements and new techniques which have been extremely useful for racing and fitness level.”

“As a returning participant of the winter training plan, I would still definitely recommend it. A well-constructed plan to keep you motivated during the winter months.”

Hard work but totally worth it for the results!

I would thoroughly recommend Ride Harder, you won’t regret it!

“I’ve been cycling for many years and the Ride Harder program has re-energized my love for it! I had been in a rut with my riding; The Academy has definitely helped me take it to a new level.”

Still Want To Use Zwift?

Don’t worry all the training sessions can either be downloaded for Zwift or even linked to your personal Training Peaks account so you can just log on and your session will be ready for you.

Meet The Content Providers

James Walsgrove

James Walsgrove

Founder & Head Coach

I am the founder of Ride Harder, which has improved the comfort, and performance of hundreds of riders. My group-coaching programme has educated riders of all abilities with many moving onto my individual coaching services. I am passionate about making riders faster on the bike from whatever level they are starting from.

Josh Marlow

Josh Marlow

Strength & Conditioning Coach

Josh holds an undergraduate and masters degree in Strength & Conditioning science. He currently leads S&C for girls sport and football academy at Langley school along with leading physical preparation for Norfolk netball academy amongst other private ventures.

Jason Fligg

Jason Fligg

Performance Nutritionist

Jason holds a masters degree in Sport & Exercise Nutrition. He works with committed and dedicated athletes, from recreational to elite level, who wish to promote both their health and performance.

Jane Hannah

Jane Hannah

Happier Healthier You

Jane is the owner and founder of Healthier Happy You – a bespoke service designed for each individual to ensure a personal service provides the motivation, encouragement, simple and enjoyable ideas and accountability to get you from where you are now (A) to where you want to be (B).

Scott Robinson

Scott Robinson

Fitness Coach at PEAKFIT

Scott is a Content Creator and Head Coach of PEAKFIT, which aims create awareness through fitness, inspiring, empowering and challenging individuals to reach their highest potential. Scott holds a number of qualifications across many fitness disciplines, such as CrossFit, Weightlifting & Nutrition



Yoga Instructor – KWC YOGA

Katrina is a vinyasa yoga instructor, and has been a practitioner of yoga for over 9 years.
​Her classes are designed to provide a space for self-exploration, and to promote both physical and mental growth.
Katrina’s Yoga classes focus on alignment, awareness, and the connection of breath and movement in a dynamic practice that builds strength, flexibility, and improves mental clarity.

Nicky Roger

Nicky Roger

aka The Mind Coach

As The Mind Coach, I help athletes with any aspect of mental training. I’m passionate about helping everyone develop the mental strength and skills they need to train and perform at their best.
I am a qualified Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner and a qualified NLP Sports Practitioner. NLP is a powerful method that draws on the mind-body connection to tackle limiting beliefs and behaviours replacing them with new thinking and behaviour that becomes automatic.


Academy Testimonials

What’s Included

All you need for a smarter way to train to improve your health, happiness and mental wellbeing.

  • Full 12-week complete progressive cycle training plan
  • Become part of the active RH Community Facebook Group with fellow Academy Members & James
  • Strength & Conditioning programme (courtesy of Josh Marlow S&C coach)
  • Nutrition Support (courtesy of Jason Fligg – Sport & Exercise performance)
  • Discounts across multiple Cycling Brand Partners
  • Mental Training tips from The Mind Coach
  • Zwift compatible workouts
  • Weekly group Zwift sessions streamed on Zoom
  • Facebook live Q&A’s
  • Discount on Ride Harder Club Kit
  • Accountability buddy
  • Motivation & Practical advice throughout the course
  • Basic HR plan option for those new to structured training

If you are not faster after completing this plan then you are entitled to a full refund with no questions asked so you have got nothing to lose!