Ever wondered what the favourite training rides of pro riders look like? Which surroundings and height profile do they love to ride with? And how cool would it be if you can join the pro riders during their favourite training rides? Guess what?… we’ve just enabled you to do so by adding Real live videos of their rides to our software!
The first riders to share their favourite training rides are Bob Jungels from the Quick-Step Floors Cycling Team, George Bennett from Team LottoNL-Jumbo and last, but not least, Sabrina Stultiens from WaowDeals Pro cycling. Our film crew went to their homes to film their favourite ride; they explain below why their ride is so special.
Bob Jungels – Quick-Step Floors
Current national champion of Luxembourg (Road Race as well as ITT), winner of this year’s Spring Classic Liège–Bastogne–Liège and of course winner of the Golden medal with his team at the TTT during the World Championships in Innsbruck.
Bob about his favourite training ride in his home country: “We are starting in Bridel, which is more or less close to the centre of Luxembourg. We’re going to ride towards the North through the Mullerthal valley, which is known as Little Switzerland. Just a small valley with some small climbs. It’s a beautiful scenery with not too much traffic. As this is my favourite training ride, it’s going to be quite flat I would say. It’s just beautiful riding here in Luxembourg and I’m going to show you around a little bit how beautiful our small country is.”
If you consider 15% incline as quite flat, we understand why Bob won the Belgium Classic this year. It is indeed a beautiful environment! Little Switzerland is the nickname for a region in the east of Luxembourg and owes its name because of its reputed geographical similarities to Switzerland. The unique composition of the rocky hills and beautiful forests has contributed to the creation of this surprising landscape. The ride is divided in two parts and both parts have a moderate difficulty. The distance of part one is 38.74 km and it has a maximum slope of 12.3 %. Part two is a bit shorter, 33 km, but has a maximum slope of 15.7 %.
Distance: 38.74 km
Max. slope: 12.3 %
Uphill: 17.13 km
Distance: 33.0 km
Max. slope: 15.7 %
Uphill: 16.49 km
George Bennett – Team LottoNL-Jumbo
Winner of the GC of last year’s Tour of California and became 8th overall in the Giro d’Italia this season and 4th overall in the Tour de Pologne.
We’ve heard that George loves to train in one of the smallest countries of Europe, he explains: “Indeed, my favourite ride is here in Andorra. My favourite training ride is a pretty easy ride. Which is all relative, easy actually doesn’t really exist over here… We’re going down from Bordes d’Envalira, then up the Val de Incles, up the Coma de Ransol and finally on the way back up to the finish. It’s considered a recovery day, but we’ve still got about 1000 meters of climbing! So, if you don’t like climbing on the mountains, stay on the Tacx.”
What? A 1000 meters of climbing and George calls that a recovery ride? Come on George, take it easy on us won’t you? The area is wonderful though with some beautiful valley roads. Coma de Ransol is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 1.932m. The road to the summit is steep with sections up to 11% and is pretty scenic. And of all the natural sites in Andorra, the Incles Valley is one of the privileged spots that has preserved its beauty to this day. The distance of this ride is just around 17 km, but with these two climbs and a very nice view you won’t get bored.
Distance: 17.58 km
Max. slope: 11.4 %
Uphill: 9.07 km
Sabrina Stultiens – WaowDeals Pro Cycling
Focussed this year on the Spring Classics and became 7th in La Flèche Wallonne and 6th in Liège–Bastogne–Liège. Later on, she won the first stage of the Emakumeen Euskal Bira, a women’s cycling race held in the Basque region of Spain.
Sabrina takes us for a ride through her beloved part of the Netherlands. She explains what she loves about this ride: “My favourite training ride is about two hours. I really like this area, it’s my favourite training area. It’s in the hillier part of the Netherlands. All quiet roads and beautiful scenery during the ride. We come near the three-border-point and a ride a little part in Belgium. I hope you like it!”
Yes, we did Sabrina, it’s a great ride! It has some parts of the Amstel Gold Race in it and leads you through open fields and forests in the province of Limburg in the Netherlands. You’ll reach the highest point of the Dutch country at the Vaalserberg, even if it’s only 322 meters. The summit is also the location of the tripoint between Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. Bear in mind that this ride of almost 49 km is quite hard and has some nasty climbs in it!
Distance: 48.89 km
Max. slope: 11.8%
Uphill: 25.07 km
So, how do you ride these courses? They are available as Tacx Films in the Tacx Desktop app, you’ll need a Premium subscription to do so. Discover these routes right away or if you haven’t installed the app yet, check out this link for more info.