Preparing for a lumpy hundred
July 2, 2014 3:59 AM Subscribe
I have a place in a huge century cycle ride (100 fairly hilly miles) in just over 5 weeks time. It's my first time doing something like this and I want to enjoy the day. Help me to train smartly over the next few weeks and to prepare for what to expect on the day.
posted by hannahlambda to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
As for my fitness and how to train: I have cycled up to 70 miles before when touring and out on leisure rides, but not so much this year (maybe two 60 mile rides). I have a decent bike that fits well. I cycle about 1.5 hours per day commuting (15 miles total) and am trying to get out at weekends. I live in the centre of London so real training is difficult to get to. There are two killer hills on the route but there are no hills accessible to me to train. I need to complete the course in 8 hours (so 12.5mph), which is about, or maybe faster than, what I average on my longer weekend rides. So I'm concerned that I'll kill myself on the hills and trying to keep up the pace. How can I prepare over the next 5 weeks to be as fit as possible for the event?
As for how to prepare for the practicalities of the day: This is a massive event; over 20,000 people are taking part (it's the RideLondon-Surrey 100, if anyone's interested). I gather that drafting is a good way to conserve energy, but I've not ridden in a pace line seriously and would be worried to do this with strangers. Should I go it alone? There will be water and food stops on the route but should I take extra bottles and food? What else should I take, other than weather-appropriate clothing and a spare inner tube? Should I get a bike computer?
Is my apprehension coming through!?