If you missed your shot at making the 2012 Tour de France, don't fret, FasCat Coaching and TrainingPeaks has got you covered. Although we all know you would probably be racing head to head for the yellow jersey in the Prologue, and chasing the King of the Mountains jersey up the 17.4 kilometer long, hors categorie Grand Colombier in Stage 10, this year you can do it all from home.
The FasCat Tour de France training calender offers 3 weeks of detailed workouts, each designed to mimic the stage race of the day. For example, during stages like 1, 3, and 8 of the Tour that feature short steep climbs in regions of Belgium and Northern France, your own training will consist of intense VO2 max workouts to simulate the zone 5 & 6 efforts put forth by the tour riders. During the longer mountain stages you will be riding in the medium to hard range, targeting threshold wattages and heart rate zones for the length of the workout. When it comes to stages like 10 through 12 that tackle one categorized climb after the next, your training plan will have you riding below threshhold on the first climbs, then insist you go full throttle on the final climbs to steal the King of the Mountains Jersey.
Don't worry, you will have two rest days on July 10th and 17th. However, if your Tour de France training is competing with family time or work, just pick and choose a few days a week to get after it, or shorten the daily rides into an hour or less. We can't all be on the Tour, but at least we can train like we are.