I wish I could remember the persons name from reddit/r/Velo who wrote this - I copied and pasted it to my notes about a year ago and it is a very smart way to do a battenkill specific training ride. I’ve done battenkill 2 times and will be back again this year - although doing the shorter ride with my daughter this time around since she wants to jump in.
“> My experience is I’ve placed top ten in the pro-1 Battenkill race twice, back in 2013 and 2015, when it was 100+ miles.
-ride z2 for 2 hours. aim to finish the 2 hrs at the bottom of a steep hill (like 10%+ grade and ~100 m worth of vertical)
-climb that hill as hard as you can (will take you about 5 mins). That’s what stage road, herrington hill, juniper swamp, joe bean etc. are like.
-When you get to the top don’t completely let off the gas, aim for sweet spot for another 5 mins, focus on keeping your legs moving. This is what will happen in the race. Either you’ll be in the front group riding hard to get away, or you’ll be back in a different group chasing the front group. It’s frantic.
-let off the gas and coast for 5-10 mins back to the bottom of the hill in recovery mode. This is what happens when a general regroup happens after these climbs. Then it all happens again, except less people will get back on the next time, and the next time, and the next… so
-Repeat 6 times
-Ride home in z2 and do a sprint for your town sign
I wouldn’t do this 14 weeks out mind you, more like 4-6 weeks out. But it’s a workout to consider doing then if you want Battenkill-specificity.
It’s a “capstone” workout, so not often. Like it’s a 300 TSS day if you do it right (basically it’s a full on race sim)… so probably do it just as your final big ride before going into a recovery week