With winter approaching, it’s time to dust off the turbo trainer and Sufferfest have responded by releasing the world’s first training video to exclusively use footage from women’s professional racing.
The 68-minute workout simulates four stages of a race; with stage one taking place over flat terrain and stage two tackling rolling hills. Stage three sees you try and break away from the pack, while stage four empties the tank with a team time trial.
“For almost two years, we’ve been asked by Sufferlandrians to do the classic 2×20:00 [minute] workout,” said Sufferfest’s David McQuillen.
“We resisted. We simply couldn’t figure out how to make it interesting. But then we got our hands on a full year of UCI pro women’s racing footage from the World Cup.
“Emma Pooley, Evelyn Stevens, Marianne Vos; the stars are all there in races like the Tour of Flanders and the GP Plouay. And then we hit on the idea of doing an entire stage race in one single Sufferfest video.”
The video can be downloaded for $11.99 from www.thesufferfest.com
3:30 – Warm-up
5:30 – Stage one – Easy, flat terrain at effort level of 6/10 with a few accelerations
20:00 – Stage two – Rolling terrain with a series of attacks as the pack tries to take the lead from you
6:00 – Recovery
20:00 – Stage three – More rolling, attacking racing in which you try to break away to get the lead back
4:00 – Recovery
3:30 – Stage four – Team time trial in which you have to crush yourself in order to take the lead, and the Tour of Sufferlandria victory
6:00 – Recovery