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Ride Harder Academy 2020

I am so excited to announce that the Ride Harder Academy 2020 is now within touching distance. This year has already brought so much uncertainty, that I thought it was only fair to make one thing certain. To help make that happen we are offering a money back guarantee for everyone taking part in this years academy. Therefore, if you complete the academy and you aren’t faster on your bike, then you will receive a full refund! You really don’t have anything to lose!

The Ride Harder Academy 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 and the team you will be held accountable and committed to completing the plan.

Below I have created a break down of everything involved in the plan. Take a read and don’t forget to sign up!

What’s Included 

Full 16-week complete progressive cycle training plan

Become part of Ride Harder Academy and complete the plan together with the support of others

Private Facebook group 

Strength & Conditioning programme along with support from S&C coach Josh

Nutrition support from Jason Fligg Sport & Exercise performance

Mental training tips from The Mind Coach 

Training Peaks discount 20% off premium

All workouts will be Zwift compatible using .zwo file

Weekly group Zwift sessions streamed on Zoom 

FB live from me for any questions

Discount on Ride Harder club kit

Accountability buddy

Motivation and practical advice is given throughout course

Basic HR plan option for those new to structured training

Why did I write the Ride Harder Plan?

After getting hooked on cycling back in 2005 I have become passionate about improving and being the best I can be on a bike. What I have learned from my clients is that we are not “thought” to ride a bike and just assume we pedal and that’s it. With so much information out there which often contradicts each other, it can get quite complicated and overwhelming. I wanted to make it simple, straightforward and one source of content to follow hence writing the Ride Harder Plan.

Through my own personal development and coaching others, I have learned a massive amount about what works. More importantly I have discovered what does not. I have included it all with the plan saving you valuable time, energy and stress! This takes the decision fatigue and many hours of planning what workout to do. It is all laid out for you so you can just get on with the training sessions.

Why join the Ride Harder academy?

The academy was set up to provide support along the way to completing the training plan. Being part of a group and accountable means you are more likely to achieve your goal and thus complete the plan. It is also a great place for support and share personal experiences, things that work for you which in turn will help others so it is a win-win! 

What you will receive once completed the plan 

You will have completed all the basic skills to become a faster, more efficient cyclist. You will also develop the training knowledge to conduct your own structured training plan covering all the physiological systems needed for your individual requirements. Through the train smart principles, you will realise that there is much more to becoming a successful athlete than just the bike sessions. You will also think outside the box when it comes to becoming faster on the bike. It’s not all smashing yourself on the bike every session!

Plan Outline month by month

Month 1 – Skills

During the first phase of the plan, we will be setting your custom training zones and look to start creating consistency with training. The sessions will work on improving your pedal stroke and other techniques to make you more efficient as a cyclist. We will be working on different techniques to help you build good habits and accountability which will aid in getting the training completed. 

Month 2 – Base

As we move into the next phase we will be building your aerobic engine working and your base fitness which is the building block of all good cyclists. We will be working on not only endurance but your strength also through on the bike training along with continuing the off the bike conditioning. 

Month 3 – Build

Within this block, we will be progressively increasing your threshold power and the ability to hold this for longer periods on the bike. This is often overlooked but will make you a faster cyclist. Intensity and volume will both be increased as we look to build on previous sessions. 

Month 4 – Peak

Now we have achieved a good base, this block will look at pushing your fitness ceiling higher and address any fitness limiters you may have. As the sessions increase further we will continue to work with the train smart fundamentals of conditioning, wellness and nutrition building a fast, efficient healthy cyclist.

Now there’s only one thing left to do… and that’s to SIGN UP!

I can’t wait to have you on board the Ride Harder Academy 2020!

James Walsgrove

My cycling career started in 2005 when I purchased my first road bike and I was immediately hooked. Since then I have completed numerous cycling challenges including Ironman, Lands’ End to John O Groats, Mt Ventoux (all 3 ascents), London to Paris, the BBAR challenge which included a 12hour TimeTrial and more recently the Mallorca 312.

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