I am going to do the 24hr Le Mans race next year. I did it last year and was loads of fun. Its on a 4km race track with approx 550 riders on track at any one time with a few groups forming keeping the speed high.
In the race I will be doing about 6x 1hr sessions through the 24hrs. I want to be as consistent as possible and try and stick with the fast group each time. I have been thinking about how my training could help with this. I know I will need to pace well but is there anything I can do over the year to improve my ability to recover and go hard again.
I have been thinking about these as options:
- Do regular double days
- Each month choose a weekend and cram 4 workouts in
- Just get faster with a normal plan!
Any thoughts or other options recommended?
The guys did 24 Hours in Old Pueblo back in April and they talked a lot about what they learned in the podcast and forum. It’s been a while since I’ve listened to it but what you outlined seems pretty sound to me.
Here’s the link to the forum post with the podcast/race analysis that should help get you started: The 24 Hours in The Old Pueblo Thread
Thanks. Some great info in there particularly about race day. Got some good takeaways on nutrition…eat more pizza it seems
As the guys treated this as a C race there was not much on tailoring training in here. As this is my A race I would like to be specific in training as much as I can.
I think any of your approaches will work OK but the one thing that will matter in the end is probably to trying to reach the highest fitness/CTL that is humanly possible. It is one thing to do well in the beginning but the last hours is likely going to be hard so endurance is king imo.
I have participated in a similar event, the Rad Am Ring, also 24h and in a team of 4. If I were to do it again that is what I would do.