My next challenge
The biggest one? To ride Tour de France’s Mont Ventoux. I knew two things: it would be tougher than anything I’d done before, and that the reward would be worth the sacrifice.
With the solid cycling foundation Njinga’s FTP programme helped me build — including base-line knowledge on pedal technique, understanding wattbikes and, most importantly, building my FTP score — I felt confident. I’d gone up 39 watts in my FTP score to 240 watts and seen a 20% improvement and made the All Time Njinga FTP Improver Leaderboard.
And then on holiday disaster struck: a ski accident that left me with only seven weeks to prepare for the ‘Beast of Provence’. I thought that was it — I’d have to throw in the towel and maybe try again the next year. Then I recalled that, alongside their regular training sessions, Njinga also offers multi week bespoke training programmes. Having already done an Njinga programme, I knew what to expect and felt excited: scientific-based, razor-focused, efficient training with no junk miles in sight. It was the best chance I had at getting myself ready for a ‘hors categorie’ climb (the French term used in stage bicycle races to designate a climb that is "beyond categorisation") in under two months.