Training for Ride London or your first 100 Mile Sportive?

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Fear not: getting yourself through your first 100 Mile sportive or race doesn’t have to be as hard as you now imagine. Essentially it’s down to training-time in the saddle, getting the right kit, and building your confidence

 

Training

  • The feeling of pushing yourself out of your comfort zone is rarely a pleasant one at the time – whether because of fear or pain it is often something you’ll have to enjoy retrospectively. However the Marines motto: ‘Train hard, fight easy’ is a pretty good guideline for endurance events, if you’re going to learn to enjoy the moment. If you train hard, there is a slim chance you might actually enjoy the day of the challenge itself and be able to take in the ‘breathless sightseeing’ on offer. Read More…

Time for a challenge…

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Friends, Romans, Riders, Challenge Seekers. Clocks back, minds forward.

As we kiss goodbye to this sultry October it’s time to book one or two things to look forward to.  Start with a holiday…….good well done.  Then, let’s see, hmm how about a proper challenge to give winter training a real purpose?

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Post Cycling Fatigue

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Completed! What a fantastic weekend.

The sun started to shine a little more for Day 2, and there was a noticeable effect on people’s spirits every time it came out! A lovely countryside route to ease us in to a false sense of security before Box Hill loomed. It was a great experience climbing it – smooth roads, heroes’ names scrawled into the tarmac, memories of the Olympics still fresh in the mind.  At the top were cyclists sprawled everywhere, catching some rays (and cake) and enjoying the views.

I clearly hadn’t done my research well enough, as I thought it was all down hill from there. Not so. One particularly sneaky incline had a lot of my mini-peloton un-mounting for the walk of shame. Such bad luck that an extraordinary number of people suddenly had gear trouble…

One day down

100 miles ticked off today and the legs are certainly feeling it now! Fantastic rural route from East London round to Windsor Castle this evening – great atmosphere all the way, plenty of people of the same pace to ride with and much appreciated snacks at the rest stops.

Just started to cramp up on the final few miles, but that was soon sorted out by the yoga team; I’m not sure they had ever come across such inflexible and clueless yogaists/yogaers.

A tent has never seemed so appealing as now – think I will sleep well tonight. Bring on 80 miles and Box Hill tomorrow, can’t wait!

No More Training…

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The last pre-ride blog post from our mystery rider Bradley Miggins

80 miles ticked off on Sunday, and managed to get out for a fairly miserable 40 miles after work last night – blustery, cold and rainy conditions round Richmond Park. Apparently it’s nearly June? I feel so stiff and sore this morning that, for the first time in months, I haven’t even had to fake symptoms to gain some attention in day-to-day life.
There seems to be a widely held opinion that we will all be super-human come next weekend. I am a little nervous, never having gone over 130 miles over 2 days, and certainly not in hills. However, whenever I try and express this to friends who are experienced cyclists, they bat me away and say that the atmosphere, excitement and crowds will mean that I “hardly notice” the extra 50 miles. Read More…

Only 8 sleeps…..

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We hope you enjoy the first post by our guest blogger Bradley Miggins. His first instalment may seem alarmingly familiar to many of us…

It seems a lifetime ago that I signed up, pretty much on a whim. “All you need to do is get to the start line with fresh legs and a bike ready for the road,” the website said. Whilst the truth of that statement remains to be seen, I soon discovered that it leaves almost no excuse, and quickly had a group of friends signed up too; Mr “I-don’t-have-time”, Mrs “I-can’t-be-bothered-to-plan extra-curricular-activities“ and Mr “I’m-not-fit-enough” will all be joining me next weekend for the 180 miles. Mr “I-literally-hate-cycling” not so much, but never mind. Read More…

180 Miles over two days on a hand cycle. Tim Farr, British Paralympic Skier recounts his adventure at the MITIE London Revolution

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I wasn’t really too sure what to expect when I signed up last minute to hand-cycling 180 miles around London in two days. It certainly wasn’t quite the way I had planned to celebrate my 30th Birthday!! Having just got back from ski-competitions in Europe with the GB Disabled Ski Team I only had very little time to get back on the bike and train.
 
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Ride London Ballot

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Have you missed out on a ballot place for Ride London? 
The MITIE London Revolution provides the perfect alternative. The event takes place on the 18th and 19th of May 2013, and is London’s most accessible multi-stage sportive. Take the opportunity to ride around the capital with 1,500+ others incorporating the city’s most iconic landmarks.

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Get ready for Ride London

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It’s going to be a great time to be riding your bike in London this summer. Investment in cycle lanes is increasing, Boris bikes keep spreading further across the city and it will also see the first running of Ride London. Billed as the London Marathon on bikes the aspiration for the event is huge with a predicted 20,000 riders in year 1 rising to up to 60,000 riders in future years and the MITIE London Revolution is the perfect training. With registrations topping out around the 50,000 mark, the demand for a massive London cycling ride is clearly there and at Threshold we are excited that more and more people are getting out on their bikes and pushing to find that More Is In You moment.

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Vive la Revolution!

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If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew / To serve your turn long after they are gone / And so hold on when there is nothing in you / Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!” Rudyard Kipling Read More…

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