Blog: Still on the Road to BEAT?

Piotr Havik

The last race of my spring season is back on my mind. One more power test to go and I can start my (earned) rest period. During this period I will not touch a bike for four to five days, so I can physically and mentally recharge my batteries.

If I look back at the last few months, I have to smile. This because of the fitness I gained and the results I achieved. With five wins, seven podium places and two top-five classifications (in 18 races), I dare say my spring season was successful! Hopefully, the Energy Lab power test will also confirm this, giving me good insight into the progress I’ve made during the first part of the season.

Goals and plans

Shortly after my rest period, there is an individual training camp on the program in the Belgian Ardennes, near La Roche (May 12–15). I will use this period to target my focus on the second part of the season, which includes a lot of races together with the pros (thanks to the approval that I can ride individual pro races in Belgium again) and a number of important races in the Top Competition. And, of course, the Dutch championships in Montferland. I will also start those races with the “big riders,” and I hope to confirm that I’m on schedule with my #RoadToBEAT!

My focus is mainly on achieving good results in the Top Competition races and the championships. In order to win the Top Competition, I still need a number of podium places, so this will be my goal. For the national championships, I am aiming for two top-10 results. The Wattmeister final is on July 5 (in Amsterdam), and the winner gets an internship contract with the Katusha-Alpecin WorldTour team, so that’s why I’ve set my sights on this challenge as well. My goal is to be in top condition from mid June to mid July, just like in recent weeks.

If you’re curious how I’ve been training in the past few weeks, you can read further. If not, I would like to thank you for your attention and hope you will keep track of my #RoadToBEAT on social media.

 *My calendar and the results can be found at the end of this blog post.

How does it work?

For the true cycling lovers, I will provide some insight into my training method, so you can see how I have worked in recent weeks to achieve my “peak form.”

The CTL (green line) mainly refers to how well my physical form is going. On April 2 you see a little increase, this was the Boucle de l’Artois, the first race in which I wanted to be good enough to ride for the victory. On my “fatigue line” (the blue one), you can see that it was a pretty hard tour. Then I rested and came to Omloop van de Braakman on April 8. Here I did not achieve the intended result, but this was mainly because of tactical errors with the team. Then I took it easy until the Arden Challenge. This is what you see in the rising recovery form (red line). On April 12, the Arden Challenge began; the big peak (until April 17) shows that it was a very hard effort, with some good results! The green line confirmed again that my peak form came out during the Arden Challenge. I was able to take advantage of this during the Ton Dolmans (April 23), and once again I stood on the podium.

Goals and plans
Shortly after my rest period, there is an individual training camp on the program in the Belgian Ardennes, near La Roche (May 12–15). I will use this period to target my focus on the second part of the season, which includes a lot of races together with the pros (thanks to the approval that I can ride individual pro races in Belgium again) and a number of important races in the Top Competition. And, of course, the Dutch championships in Montferland. I will also start those races with the “big riders,” and I hope to confirm that I’m on schedule with my #RoadToBEAT!

My focus is mainly on achieving good results in the Top Competition races and the championships. In order to win the Top Competition, I still need a number of podium places, so this will be my goal. For the national championships, I am aiming for two top-10 results. The Wattmeister final is on July 5 (in Amsterdam), and the winner gets an internship contract with the Katusha-Alpecin WorldTour team, so that’s why I’ve set my sights on this challenge as well. My goal is to be in top condition from mid June to mid July, just like in recent weeks.


If you’re curious how I’ve been training in the past few weeks, you can read further. If not, I would like to thank you for your attention and hope you will keep track of my #RoadToBEAT on social media.

* My calendar and the results can be found at the end of this blog post.

How does it work?
For the true cycling lovers, I will provide some insight into my training method, so you can see how I have worked in recent weeks to achieve my “peak form.”

The CTL (green line) mainly refers to how well my physical form is going. On April 2 you see a little increase, this was the Boucle de l’Artois, the first race in which I wanted to be good enough to ride for the victory. On my “fatigue line” (the blue one), you can see that it was a pretty hard tour. Then I rested and came to Omloop van de Braakman on April 8. Here I did not achieve the intended result, but this was mainly because of tactical errors with the team. Then I took it easy until the Arden Challenge. This is what you see in the rising recovery form (red line). On April 12, the Arden Challenge began; the big peak (until April 17) shows that it was a very hard effort, with some good results! The green line confirmed again that my peak form came out during the Arden Challenge. I was able to take advantage of this during the Ton Dolmans (April 23), and once again I stood on the podium.

 

During my training camp, from May 12 to 15, I will provide an overview of my summer months. Then I will give some more insights about things like when I will increase my training effort and when I’m going to take it easy before the races.