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Check out Annemiek van Vleuten's incredible 400km training ride

Joe Robinson
2 Jun 2020

The World Champion took on her own Tour of the Netherlands in one day

Women's road race World Champion Annemiek van Vleuten ticked off a casual 400km training ride as she prepares for a return to professional racing.

The Dutchwoman joined Continental rider Jan-Willem van Schip - of inverted brake hood fame - and other riders on a day's tour of the Netherlands that saw her clock off the equivalent distance of London to Middlesborough in just 11 hours and 13 minutes.

Departing from the town of Wageningen in the south of the Netherlands in the morning, her 400km out and back route to the town of Assen saw her roll back home at 9pm that night.

That means, according to her Strava, the 37-year-old managed to maintain an astonishing average speed of 35.6kmh for just shy of half an entire day in the saddle.

With the Netherlands being officially 'as flat as a pancake', Van Vleuten only climbed 914m throughout the whole day. But, if anything, this makes the ride even more impressive as there would have been no descending to rest the legs on.

To keep up the speed, the Mitchelton-Scott rider maintained an average weighted power of 187w for the entire day, maxing out at 636w, while her average cadence of 81rpm acts as testament to the lack of climbing during the ride.

However, with an average heart rate of just 121bpm, it seems as if the effort for Van Vleuten would have been more than manageable, despite such a long day's riding.

Van Vleuten is no stranger to putting the big training kilometres and going the extra mile to get better.

For the past two winters, she has opted to attend the training camps of the Mitchelton-Scott men's team as a challenge to set by performance manager Gene Bates to tick off more kilometres.

It seems to pay off, too, with Van Vletuen often winning following emphatic, long-ranged solo attacks. The most notable came at last year's World Championships in Yorkshire when she rode 100km solo to the rainbow jersey.