the Monuments of Gravel

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The Monuments of cycling Training Plans (Zwift Compatible)

Training plans for the most important Gravel races on the calendar – the Monuments.

Choose training plans from 6-27 weeks long in beginner, intermediate, and advanced versions!

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John Doe

The red clay of Oklahoma.  The tread tearing flit gravel of the Kansas plains. Utah’s airless climbs.  California’s puckering single track. Colorado’s high country.

Hundreds of gravel races exist, but few exert the same force on the calendar and imagination like the Monuments of Gravel.

 

 

What is a monument?

mon·u·ment

Annually run, popular, difficult, prestigious Gravel races.

Gravel Monuments borrowed the term from Road cycling. Gravel Monuments borrowed from. Maybe you’ve heard of Milan-San Remo, Paris-Roubaix, or the Tour of Flanders?

Who decides what's a monument?

No one does.  Everyone is making it up, no one agrees, and anyone telling you otherwise is selling something.  If you want to waste three hours of your life go check out a gravel racing forum on the topic and watch the thread devolve into people calling each other Nazis.

How did I decide what was a gravel Monument or not? I read Velonews. I’m not saying its the complete authority, but I find their arguments convincing, if incomplete. 

For example, they make one glaring omission in Crushar in the Tushar, which is inexcusable, and their selections include only US races. 

The point is, the races I mentioned matter, nearly all are entries are by lottery, most are stupidly hard, and they’re in cool places. They’re worth dreaming about. 

What are the monuments?

Unbound Gravel

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Belgian Waffle Ride

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The Mid South

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Crushar in the Tushar

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Rebecca's Private Idaho

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SBT GRVL

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Looks like fun. How do I get in?

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I'm in! How do I train?

Glad you asked

Why use my training plans?

Join hundreds of successful athletes.

Flexible, structured training for any level.

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All Gravel God training plans use TrainingPeaks for individualized zones, trackable progress, and analysis. Export the plan to your training device or virtual software like Zwift.

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If my help center and FAQs don’t answer your question I WILL!

1. Choose your plan

Get fast in as little as 6 weeks for only $49

2. Activate your free TrainingPeaks account

A flexible calendar, targeted training zones, rackable progress, and analysis on any device.

3. Apply the plan and start training!

Stay motivated with compliance, TrainingPeaks signature metrics, and charts.

Monuments Training Plans (Zwift Compatible)

I created all my training plans on TrainingPeaks, which is online software to track, analyze, and plan training.

Free to use, TrainingPeaks is essentially a fancy calendar. Its Premium offering provides a suite of performance metrics, charts, and analysis tools.

Using TrainingPeaks I’ve created training plans using periodization, tailored to your threshold, and exportable to your device or virtual platform like Zwift.

Yup! Remember, my MISSION in life is to democratize endurance sports for all. I want to provide a cost-effective training solution to you through training plans and answer any questions you have so you become a gravel racer for life!

If you provide an email during checkout I will send you a series of emails that will help you get started. 

Some limits do apply, however.  If you want training plan personalization, workout analysis, frequent check-ins, and someone deeply invested in your athletic goals, what you’re looking for isn’t a training plan, you’re looking for coaching.

I offer plans from 6-27 weeks long with beginner, intermediate and advanced ability levels. If you’re not sure which one fits you, read on.

What level?

Choosing the right level is crucial to your success. 

  • If you’ve never trained before, pick beginner.
  • If you train somewhat frequently or have a background in other endurance sports, pick intermediate.
  • If this ‘isn’t your first rodeo’ and you’re a gravel veteran looking for the next level, pick advanced.

Don’t lose sleep over your choice. I can swap our your plan within 14 days after purchase if it’s too easy/hard.

What Length?

For best results, count back the weeks from your goal event and choose a plan to fill in the gap. If you have other less important races in between, you can incorporate those in as needed.

In general, longer plans start easier and progress more gradually than shorter plans. That doesn’t mean to procrastinate! Keep in mind the longer you have to prepare, the fitter you can get! Your body responds best to consistent gradual cycles of stress and recovery, which is EXACTLY how my plans are built!

Still not sure? Email me.

 

Yep! My training plans allow you to easily swap out a few days each week to suit your availability. e.g. swap out a hard solo ride for a group ride or race, etc. 

If you purchase TrainingPeaks, you can even drag and drop workouts onto different days. I provide guidelines on how to do this in my help center.

You can also train for multiple events. The build of my training plans targets an ‘A’ race, but you can always swap out some weekend rides for a ‘B’ or ‘C’ race. I show you how to do other races in the help center without compromising your preparations for your main goal.

Unbound gravel

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