Tour de France infographic

The 2011 Tour de France is about to begin on July 2nd. To celebrate (and clear up some of the questions you might have about the race) the Dish Network have put together this fun graphic.

Tour de France Infographic

Maximum Heart Rate

Update (22nd February 2011) – This post has now been updated with Maximum Heart Rate – Part 2.

In order to train effectively for my 3,471 km ‘Tour de France or bust’ adventure in September, I’ve decided to use elements of the 5 level training programme as described in

I now need to work out my maximum heart rate, in order to work out each of the 5 levels of training intensity.

There are a number of formulae for working out your Maximum Heart Rate (MHR). The most basic formulae is MHR = 220 – Age. There are other more complicated formulae such as:

  • MHR = 208 – (0.7 × Age)
  • MHR = 206.3 – (0.711 × Age)
  • MHR = 217 – (0.85 × Age)
  • MHR = 206.9 – (0.67 × age)
  • MHR = 202 – (0.55 × age)

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Training Strategy

Back in 1993, I started Time Trialling as a member of the Charlotteville Cycling Club. Nothing too strenuous, just 10s and 25s with a single 50 miler once a year as part of an inter-club competition between the Charlotteville and 2 other cycling clubs. For training, I was just doing the miles, nothing scientific. Just riding my bike on the road as much as my home/work life would allow me.

After a while, my results in local Time Trials were no longer improving at the rate they had previously. I can’t actually remember any of my times as I have since thrown out all my training logs (Tip #1 – Never throw away your training logs). Continue reading