A few of us in the club are planning an assault on next year's TdF Yorkshire stages, to be ridden on 6th/7th April this year. It's about 120 miles for each day, plus a 20 mile transfer between Harrogate and York (no coach transfer for us!).
Clearly, we'll be riding this a bit slower than the average Sunday ride to ensure we get round.
I've stepped up my riding to four times a week (about 10 hours), plus 1 or 2 gym sessions. I've also cut out the sugary treats and have dropped from 75kg to 71kg over about 4 months.
Now I know from past experience that if I've been training for a while, backing off for a week or so leaves me feeling really strong. I've since learned that there is a scientific basis for this, backing off the effort to allow yourself to recover more than just a day or so, and let all your effort 'bed in' as it were.
So my question is, for this scenario, how long do you think is a reasonable period to back off the routine prior to the big weekend? I have got an event the weekend before which is 52 miles, so I'm doing that anyway. Do you think just a 1 hour-ish fast ride on each Wednesday of the preceeding two weeks is appropriate? Too much? Too little? Anything else I could be doing?
Thanks for any help.