Preparing for a Grand Tour with Today's Plan

23 Jun 2017

Preparing for a Grand Tour with Today's Plan

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With the Tour de France just over a week away, Today’s Plan has been helping Team Sky prepare for the biggest race of the season.

The 2017 Tour de France will cover 3,540 kilometres across 21 stages in what is one of the cycling world’s toughest tests.

And Today’s Plan has played a huge role in the team’s buildup, helping the nine riders prepare for specific aspects of the hugely varied parcours.
 
Coaches are able to use the team’s bespoke data analytics platform, developed by Today’s Plan, to plan specific training sessions, delving back through years of historical data to compare race and stage efforts across multiple rides years.
 
In total there is 18 million kilometres of Team Sky rides stored on the system, which totals 382,000 hours of riding. On an average race day an impressive 226,000 points of data can be gathered per rider.
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Tim Kerrison, Head of Performance Support, said: “Our preparation for a new season starts long before the previous one has even finished. We’re constantly looking at the lessons we can learn and the improvements we can make so we can aim to stay one step ahead.
 
“Today’s Plan were fully involved in our preparation for this season right from the outset. They work closely with the performance team and the riders to ensure we have the best tools available going into the season ahead.”
Tim Kerrison

Tim Kerrison

“Today’s Plan understand that every rider is different and each race and each training session is carefully planned with a specific goal in mind."
The platform allows the team’s performance staff to plan specific sessions for riders based on their individual objectives and performance trajectory, before analysing each session and race day in detail.
 
Kerrison added: “Today’s Plan understand that every rider is different and each race and each training session is carefully planned with a specific goal in mind. This is why need to have a robust training data platform, both in terms of planning and analysis.
 
“Of course, this is sport, and so we also need a platform which is adaptable and a partner who can adapt to our changing needs. That is what Today’s Plan provide for Team Sky.”
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