Are you ready for the challenge of the Bidwells Golden Triangle Bike Ride 2019?
Cycling 180, 80 or even 40 km can be a scary prospect, but once you apply yourself to even a small amount of training you will be surprised how achievable it is. We’re not saying it is going to be easy, but it will be a very rewarding and fun challenge!
So… you’ve got a bike and are ready to start training. Try to give yourself a minimum of 4 months to train if you are a complete beginner.
The idea behind preparing for a bike ride of this scale, is to slowly increase your mileage as you get closer to the main event.
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- Fuel your body. This is very important now you are out on the road for around 3–4 hours. Oats are the number one source of complex carbohydrates.
- Include some hills in one of your rides to vary the terrain; Oxford to Cambridge won’t be flat all the way.
- Take a snack for your longer ride as you will need to keep your energy levels up. Flapjacks with protein are a great source of complex carbohydrate for recovery.
- If you’re feeling fatigued, drop one or both of your shorter rides and give your body some extra recovery. Do this every other week if you need it.
- Stretch after every training session to avoid injury. Lower body and back stretches are most important. Hold each stretch for between 30 seconds and one minute.
- Take recovery days i.e. Try to train on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Rest on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
- When out on the road, choose an easy gear and spin your legs (around 70rpm).
GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR TRAINING AND STAY SAFE ON THE ROADS!
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