L’Etape de Tour is one of the toughest sportives in the world. It is a long distance with some hard climbs in it. To get yourself as ready as possible for this event and any other goal in cycling it is important to train over longer rides. This means long endurance rides to make sure that your body is getting use to time in the saddle and the long sustained effort. Most people forget the fact that base training (long endurance rides in your low heart rate zones) are some of the most important training sessions. These rides make sure that you can recover faster after harder efforts. Think of your body as a house, without a good foundation your house isn’t stable, this is exactly the same for your condition, you need a good base before you train in your threshold zones.