Coach’s Corner

Coach’s Corner is written by Olivier Dulaurent and Marvin Faure, specifically for participants in the Haute Route, the highest and toughest cyclosportives in the world. The Haute Route is a seven-day stage race covering some 900 kilometres and over 20,000m of vertical climbing. It therefore requires a very serious level of preparation.

Coach’s Corner is intended to help participants prepare themselves as well as possible. Nothing, however, can replace a serious block of training in the mountains with the assistance of an experienced, race-hardened professional coach. If you have booked to ride in the Haute Route, we strongly recommend you consider one of our training camps to help you make the most of this extraordinary experience.

  1. Outline training plan
  2. Specific training for the Haute Route
  3. What to do if you can’t ride your bike?
  4. Training in the Base Period
  5. Beware the standard training plan!
  6. Pedalling technique
  7. Training in the Build Period
  8. Training during the lunch hour
  9. How to train after an enforced break
  10. Climbing: the fundamentals
  11. Repeat Climbs
  12. Descending: the fundamentals
  13. Descending: gaining an advantage
  14. Accelerate your post-stage recovery
  15. Training plan for the Pre-Competition Period
  16. Riding in bad weather
  17. Pacing strategy during the stages
  18. Drafting & Relaying in the valley
  19. Mental Energy
  20. Final Preparations