A guide to get ready for the classic Granfondo

The most complete preparation for LM19

Come July 2019, we will be ready for the next huge Granfondo target; the Alp version of La Marmotte 2019. Once a month, starting 1 November, we will blog about the plans and progress of three athletes, who will be given their own ways to get ready for the race.


You have probably read the same articles about preparing for a Granfondo as we have. “Ride 3,000 miles, lose weight, wear comfortable clothes.” We want to give you much more than that. Your preparations do not get any more detailed than this.

Follow this blog:

  • How to train towards La Marmotte 2019 in order to peak at the right time
  • To see how each of our three athletes progress month by monthon watts and weight
  • Detailed route segment descriptionsand recommended strategies
  • What and when to drink and eat during the race
  • Where to stay, how to prepare in the final days before the race
  • How toestimate your LM19 time
  • And much more…


Click here to find a link to the three training programs for November, as well as the starting points for each of the athletes in terms of Functional Threshold Power (FTP), Weight and Power-to-Weight Ratio (PWR):

 Classic training:

  • Dirk Tenten will follow a classic training schedule
  • Training 3 times / 4-5 hours a week
  • Focus on steady FTP improvements and weight loss.

Miles training:

  • Peter Bolinius will put in all the miles he can, outside and inside
  • Training 3-4 times / 5-8 hours a week (as often as he can)
  • This method has worked well for him in recent years to improve his FTP

Stimuli training:

  • Henrik Worsoe will follow a disrupting new program developed by sports scientists at Copenhagen University
  • Training 3-4 times / 3-5 hours a week
  • The model is attractive to “modern people” who have limited time to train.


Before 1 November you need to establish your starting point. Do that by performing a 20-minutes FTP test and weigh yourself, as close to 1 November as possible. This will be a monthly task up until June to measure progress. And then find a training program that suits your profile.

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