7 Saturdays / 7 Climbs
Volume 3!!

The Last Series!!


The Cycle Life Studio Hill Climb Series: Conquer The South ShoreThe "7 Saturdays / 7 Climbs" Volume 3 rides are all approximately 90 minutes in duration and are a fantastic way to augment your Phase 2 training. Rather than merely simulating a course profile, you will mirror the actual power profile of the riders shown in the video.  And here's an Insider's Tip: Match the rider's cadence on climbs for a truly challenging training session.   Paired with some amazing point-of-view camera work, you'll find yourself forgetting you're even training indoors on a cold, wet Saturday.

For each rider we'll configure the difficulty and challenge of the ride to fit your unique functional threshold power. Don't know your threshold power? Don't sweat it!  We'll take care of if for you!   Or maybe you're feeling a little strong that morning and want to hit it hard?  Well we'll bump up your FTP up for you!  Get after it!  H.T.F.U.!!

So join us for some fantastic climbs - alongside some fantastic cycling friends - in this awesome climbing series.  7 Saturdays / 7 Climbs.  Are you in?

Of course you are.  You're gonna crush it.



Series Overview

1. Col de la Bonette

Wednesday Mar 1, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday Mar 4, 9:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Sunday Mar 5, 9:15 AM - 10:45 AM
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The Col de la Bonnette is the 4th highest paved pass in Europe. To claim the title of "Highest Paved road" the local Parks and rec built a soul-crushingly steep loop around the peak up to 2802m. It goes nowhere except up - and is the embodiment of pointlessness in its purest form. But everyone has to ride it! We climb this one progressively, ramping up the power throughout, ending with a full-blast effort to the top. IF 82% (1:30 hrs)

2. Passo Aprica and Bormio

Saturday Mar 11, 9:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Sunday Mar 12, 9:15 AM - 10:45 AM
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The Passo Aprica has appeared several times on the Giro d'Italia. We approach from the scenic Val Tellina side. The climb begins with a few accelerations, and you find yourself in a co-operating chase group only to find unrelenting, blistering attacks hitting thick and fast. After a rest on the descent, we'll take a ride up to Bormio 2000 and start all over. IF 89% (1:30 hrs)

3. Passo Gavia South

Saturday Mar 18, 9:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Sunday Mar 19, 9:15 AM - 10:45 AM
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At 2621 metres above sea level, Passo Gavia is among the giants of the Italian Alps. It's legendary for its ruggedness. It's unforgiving, and the weather truly can turn against you in minutes. Here we ride the steep southern approach, whose road often narrows to a single lane as it twists and hugs the mountainside. This is the same road that Andy Hampsten took in establishing his Giro d'Italia win in 1988, amid a snow and ice storm. What will the mighty peak have in store for us?! IF 95% (Yes, 95%. Have fun with that.) (1:30 hrs)

4. Col du Glandon

Saturday Mar 25, 9:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Sunday Mar 26, 9:15 AM - 10:45 AM
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This pass has been on the Tour de France route 13 times, and we tackle it from the popular and quiet North-East route. It's hard enough to just climb it, but add some chilly headwinds coming over the ridge, and we really have our hands full. This is a fairly steady ride that gets progressively harder as we reach the top, and is great for sweet-spot steady state training, to hard threshold effort. IF 82% (1:30 hrs)

5. Luz Ardiden

Saturday Apr 1, 9:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Sunday Apr 2, 9:15 AM - 10:45 AM
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Luz Ardiden has been a stage finish in the Tour 7 times, so it's often "throw-down" territory. Here's where Lance was pulled down to the pavement by a spectator's musette, and took a low-blow from his very own bike shortly after remounting. We head out on a warm-up in the valley leading toward Luz St. Saveur, where you choose from the Tourmalet to the left and Luz Ardiden to the right. We go right, under the blazing sunshine where it's all nice until about half-way to the ski-station, then the attacks! Stick with the pack, survive the onslaught, and prove you're up to the challenge. IF 93% - Oooh, spicy!  (1:30 hrs)

6. Pla d'Adet

Saturday Apr 8, 9:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Sunday Apr 9, 9:15 AM - 10:45 AM
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The Pla d'Adet has featured in the Tour de France as a stage finish several times as the final "leg-breaker" after several other Pyrenean climbs. If you've ever wondered what it's like to be racing in the lead breakaway group fighting for the win on the last long steep climb, this is it - and you'll feel it. We go especially aggressive in this one, with repeated attacks and concerted chases. Yes it's hard, but bike racing is hard, and it's always hard to win. You'll have to respond to repeated changes of pace, and often cruelly-deceptive gradual increases in speed that leave you wondering if it can get any harder. Yes, it can and it does. IF 97% (Holy crap!!) (1:30 hrs)

7. Mt. Ventoux

Saturday Apr 15, 9:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Sunday Apr 16, 9:15 AM - 10:45 AM
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This legendary climb is known as the "Giant of Provence", and translates to "Windy Mountain". It's been used 14 times in the Tour de France, and is remarkable for its eerie moonscape-like summit. The lower slopes are wooded and typical for a French climb, but suddenly you emerge into the heat of the white rocks, and the brutal winds from which there is no escape. We start out easy on the breezy giant, and rip into it harder when the rocks start. This climb is a must do for any Tour aficionado. IF 91% (Only 91%!!) (1:30 hrs)

 

 

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