YORKSHIRE WOLDS CYCLE CHALLENGE
If you are a regular cyclist you will be aware of what it takes to ride 146 miles over 2 days. Our advice for you is keep it up and we look forward to meeting you on the 12th July.
So that leaves the people who like the sound of what we are doing, fancy the challenge, and may or may not have completed an event like this in the past!
As with everything, the earlier you start training the steadier you can build up and the challenge will become a more pleasant experience.
If you can start riding during the winter months that would be fantastic and the miles you cover will then be bonus miles making your riding easier when the weather improves. (In this case, start the training plan early and continue with the build up after the plan finishes).
Many of us have busy lives and fitting the training in can be a challenge in itself. If you start in April the build-up is quite fast but manageable, and will build the endurance needed as well as the durability of back-sides!
You will need to eat very regularly when on the challenge as you will be burning up to 7000 calories a day. Use your training time to find foods you can carry and eat whilst on the move. Energy drinks work well but can cause stomach upset donít use these for the first few weeks but introduce them as your training rides get longer. Carry things such as flap jack and muesli bars, and jelly beans are great on longer rides.
Please note the week prior to the event should be a rest week. A couple of easy rides are all thatís needed this week.
Please make yourself familiar with fixing a puncture. A spare tube pump and tools should be carried whilst riding. (So youíre not stranded in the event of a puncture).
Please feel free to have a cafe stop on rides, definitely over 30 miles and on rides above 15 miles if you choose.
Always drink even whilst on the low mileage rides and start eating on rides 15 miles and above.
The Wolds route is on rolling terrain so your training rides should be on similar roads. (i.e. not flat).
Please note this is a suggested training routine for a healthy active adult. Please take advice from your GP if you are new to exercise or have any existing medical conditions.
Many people find it easier to build up their cycling if they do it within their normal routine. Cycling to work is one way of doing this. Doing that once or twice a week may be an option. Alternatively you may have a regular weekend activity such as that football match to watch, Sunday lunch at the pub, or a visit to a relative. Find a safe cycling route and try it. It might save you fuel money too!