United Energy Around the Bay

Tips and training

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Training plans

We know the right training is key to smashing your goals on the bike. We’re stoked to have Kate Perry from FTP Training developing brand new training plans to do just that – whether you’re just starting out on the bike or are looking to up your cycling game after months of isolation.

While United Energy Around the Bay won’t be running this year, our brand new 16-week training plans are here to help keep you motivated for when we return. All of us at Bicycle Network can’t wait to ride with you again. But until then, keep safe and ride on.

Choose a plan

Whether you’re aiming for the 20km or 300km, these tailored 16-week training plans (kicking off Monday 22 June) are designed to help get you to the start line feeling fit, fresh and ready to ride.

But before you get started… while ticking off the suggested weekly hours will help you reach your full potential on the bike, they are by no means a prerequisite to achieve your goal distance on event day. We understand that life gets busy and have made the training plans super flexible so you can choose the sessions each week to suit your lifestyle and commitments. As long as you’re turning the legs over on the bike regularly, it’s amazing what you will be able to achieve!


20km / 50km

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200km / Classic

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Meet the coach – Kate Perry

Kate has been racing with Specialized Women’s Racing for five years, competing in the National Road Series. Kate has claimed 2 x podium finishers in the National Individual Time Trial Championships and is the current Oceania Individual Time Trial Champion (2019).

Other successes include a win at the Tour of Bright, Podium finishes in the Grafton to Inverell and Mersey Valley Tour (Women’s Tour of Tasmania). Not to mention 1 x Classic and numerous 200km hit-outs at Around the Bay.

Off the bike, Kate is an Associate lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science at La Trobe University, teaching in the areas of sport coaching, exercise physiology and exercise programming. She’s also an Associate coach with FTP Training – coaching a wide array of cyclists, from entry level athletes, to National level NRS athletes. The two go hand in hand, teachers are coaches and coaches are teachers. She loves saturating herself in all aspects of bike riding, and is fortunate enough to be able to combine a professional knowledge with the sport that she lives and breathes.

Kate Perry - Specialized Womens Racing


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