Pro rider Boasson Hagen’s huge session on indoor trainer

Posted on: January 9th, 2019

Edvald Boasson Hagen is a serious road man built for savage days on the bike. He’s just put in a home trainer ride for the ages on Zwift…


WorldTour rider Edvald Boasson Hagen is currently preparing for another season on the road and he’s clearly very focussed.

The Norwegian has just ridden his bike on his home trainer for more than six hours.

He was using the Zwift app, which his squad Dimension Data has taken to in a big way.

And some of the numbers for his mammoth session have emerged publicly; making regular cyclists blush.

Boasson Hagen did his ride around Watopia, a fictional land mapped out on Zwift with lots of training loops to choose from.

He rode for 212km – that’s 132 miles – which took him 6½ hours.

His elevation on the ride, around a series of virtual islands, totalled 2,369 metres and he burned 4,501 calories (see Zwift graphic below).

That’s one very big training ride indoors. And one assumes the likely reason he did all that training inside was because he was at home in Norway and the elements were against cycling.

The 31-year-old is about to begin his 14th season in the pro peloton and his fourth with Dimension Data.

He’ll get his 2019 campaign underway at the five-stage Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana (2.1) in Spain in three weeks.

An accomplished road man and sprinter, Edvald Boasson Hagen has won three stages in the Tour de France. He has also claimed seven stages in the Tour of Norway and four in the Critérium du Dauphiné.

He’s also won the Eneco Tour twice and the overall title at his national tour three times.

In short; he knows a thing of two about preparing for racing. So we trust his epic shift on Zwift is part of a grand plan to hit the ground running early next month.