- November 26, 2019 at 12:49 am #20198
Hi Lynda! New to your site, it looks awesome! I will be racing the Alberta Rockies 500 bikepacking race in August 2020. It is 500km with 6500m elevation gain and combination of gravel, singletrack, ATV trails and a touch of pavement. Which plan would you recommend, the AZT or the 2-5 day. I am almost 63, male, 77kg, and completed the 700km course of this race last year at a little above touring pace but want to race the 500 in sub 40 hrs. with minimal or no sleep. I am in Canada and year to date distance is 5600km. Thanks Lynda!
- November 26, 2019 at 9:20 am #20200
Sub 40 hours sounds really fast for a 500km event with 6500m elevation gain!
I recommend you follow our 12-week 2 – 5 day Bikepacking Race Mountain Bike Training Plan to prepare for Alberta Rockies 500 bikepacking race. Prior to this plan I recommend you follow our 12-week Masters 40+ Mountain Bike Base Mountain Bike Training Plan. Schedule yourself a week off in between these plans for extra rest and recovery.
- November 26, 2019 at 9:52 am #20201
Thanks Lynda, I will have to limit stopped time to 2-3 hrs to achieve this. How different are the AZT and the 2-5 day programs and why do you think the 2-5 would be a better choice? Are there multiple hour/wk options with either. Thanks!
- November 26, 2019 at 3:23 pm #20205
The AZT plan has training geared specific to the course and course specific information. Those are not applicable to your race and would get in the way of your plan clarity and training.
I don’t understand your second question.
- November 26, 2019 at 4:08 pm #20206
Thanks Linda, understand on the AZT. My 2nd question is about weekly hourly commitment. How many hours per week on average is the program based on over the 12 weeks? Thanks,
- November 26, 2019 at 4:39 pm #20207
- November 26, 2019 at 11:53 pm #20209
Thanks Lynda, that is exactly what I was looking for, my apologies, I should have looked on TP!
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