London To Brighton Bike Ride Guide

London To Brighton Bike Ride Guide

Top Training Tips For Beginners

1. Run slow After you’ve started to condition your body to regular jogging, running at a slow pace can feel like quite a daunting challenge. However, for anyone looking to improve their long distance running and take on distance challenges, running slowly is often recommended in training. Running slowly for long distances will help your body to become used to running over long distances and give your body a chance to get used to the feeling of jogging without building up the bulk of lactic acid in your upper legs that can slow you down and leave you with cramp.

 2, Brighton Town Press ( Build up distance gradually Building up distance gradually can mean shorter runs at first that work up to longer and longer distances as you go along. There is a great sense. David from Dirty Weekend gave us his top five beginner training tips. Training for "the big day" is a huge part of any 100-mile race. No matter how much you are able to run, your ultimate success depends on your mental and physical preparation in the months leading up to a race.

Here are some tips to get you started:  1. Start slow and begin at a level where you can easily maintain an aerobic pace.  You'll do more damage to your legs, especially when running downhill, if you try and push too hard in the beginning (i. e., running faster than your body is conditioned for).  2. During most workouts, increase the intensity or duration rather than distance or time. This will. Okay, so I began this sentence by inferring that there are other beginner training tips out there.

Unfortunately, it has recently come to my attention that I will simply give you these four tips and no others. And because it’s entirely possible that there might be more than I am aware of, I can’t really justify telling you to use them. Well, except maybe for the one about Tipo coffee. That one is great. At Dirty Weekend we’re lucky enough to be based in the heart of The Peak District, and most of our clients are in the North of England so we’re on our bikes several times a week.

Whether I’m training for an event or just trying to get round a new route as quickly as possible, these are my top 5 basic tips for beginners. As a beginner, or thinking about getting on the bike for the first time, there are some things you should consider if you want to start cycling. Here are my top five tips for beginners. Are there any tips you'd like to share?. We have a well-rounded drinks menu with super cocktails, local beers, wines and classic spirits.

London To Brighton Bike Ride Guide

So you want to cycle 54 miles from London to Brighton? It’s a demanding ride, which can be broken down into two sections: 28 miles (London to Brighton itself) and 26 miles (London to Storrington).  Arguably, the 28 mile leg is the more challenging of the two simply because it’s that bit further and you need to pace yourself.  The 26 mile leg is no walk in the park either, however, I found that once I got into my rhythm on this final part of the ride, it became enjoyable.

You will encounter country roads with narrow bridges where only one or two of you can pass at once. You might wonder why cyclists are taking out your field of vision as. When I first tried to cycle from London to Brighton, I had so many thoughts running through my mind; “How am I going to get there?”, “What about my bike?”, “What clothes should I wear?” and the list went on. This was my first time cycling from London to Brighton and with the nerves mounting and the prospect of tackling 54 miles, I thought "this is going to be interesting".

Cycling the 54 miles from London to Brighton is a brilliant, challenging and completely rewarding day out on the bike. For a beginner rider, those 54 miles can seem a little daunting and for some almost impossible. But nothing is impossible, with a little bit of training, some handy tips and the right mindset, you can (and will) cycle from London to Brighton. I can hear some of you screaming already. “54 miles? I wouldn’t even consider travelling that far on my bicycle in a week, let alone one day!” This is where you need to have a bit of confidence, some preparation and most importantly the right mindset.

1. Ride Your Bike

I’m not going to sit here and tell you that cycling is a simple activity. It is in-fact a pretty complex and complicated one, don’t get me wrong – but what I am going to tell you, is that your ability to improve does not depend on how hard it is. What am I talking about? Well this boils down to the way we learn. Any athlete, regardless of their chosen sport, needs to put time in on the bike.

After all, getting on your bike is the only way you can get better at riding a bike. Cycling may be mentally and physically taxing at first (as is any new sport), but if you are consistent enough with your riding, then you will begin to witness. You don’t necessarily need the latest bike, or the flashiest accessories — although they can help (especially if you join a local club and get tips from more experienced riders).

The key is to make it fun and enjoy your ride. Wear a helmet so that you don’t forget to have fun, but make sure you have the right gear – especially in winter. Local bike shops are great for helping whether you want to purchase a new bike or get some tips on how to ride better! Here are a few good places to start. Ok, so it’s not the end of the world if you miss out a week (everybody has a bad day), but you should also consider switching to a road bike.

It makes riding a lot easier and more enjoyable. If you don’t think you can afford it, then borrow one from your friends for a couple of weeks and try it out. You could even check out your local second hand shops as you may get lucky and pick one up for quite cheap. 2. Find a good instructor.  I've found that the fastest way to develop good habits is to have someone checking your technique and correcting you where required.

If you're not sure how to go about finding a cycling coach, contact your local  Cycling England affiliated cycling club. They'll be able to point you in the right direction. Riding with other people is even more beneficial. Whether it’s a weekly club ride or just meeting up and riding for an hour or two, it’s great to have people to train with. This will also help you get out more often; there’s no excuse not to ride when you have people waiting on you.

2. Join A Group Or Club

There is a strange thing that happens when we ride with other people. We are naturally more motivated to train and ride if there are others counting on us and there is an assumption that we have made some kind of commitment. This does not work so well when you are riding by yourself and you suddenly realise your motivation is flagging as we all know it does. Go to a local bike shop and they will be able to suggest you local groups.

You can also search on meetup. com, bikeclubs. co. uk or on social media websites, such as facebook where there are often groups of riders looking for new recruits into cycling clubs. If you can't find an existing group that is right for you. start your own. Riding in a group is something we all need to embrace. Anyone who rides with others is pretty much guaranteed an improvement. Whether you are new to riding or been riding for years, joining a club or group ride will improve your progress.

3. Practice With Your Kit/Nutrition

I made the mistake of not practising in my clip-ons as I had never ridden with them before, nor had I cycled on the route. This meant that I was less comfortable using them when it came to the day. Aside from this, if you've a specific nutrition plan, its best to practise with what youre going to use on the day. I didnt get this right either: I'm used to fuelling up on gels so planned to use this as my main source of energy on the ride.

The problem was that it started off sunny but soon went cloudy, meaning that I would be getting less direct sun than expected for the majority of the ride. Lamp-posts arent that accommodating for bottles and putting a jacket. As for nutrition, it is the same as riding on the day and using your own bike setup. Practise at least a couple of times on the day it doesn't have to be a training ride just use your nutrition and make sure it's not going to upset your stomach.

The ride has a managed feeding point so you don't need to carry spare energy sources (unless you are worried about the weather or the route). Get used to what kit you are going to be wearing on the day. I would advise not to change anything that you will be wearing on the day of the ride. You need to get used to how it feels and what it does. This is especially important if you will be wearing a charity kit which may be more flimsy or heavy to others.

Practise in your kit, but don't wear brand new shoes or socks on the day. It's also a good idea to take some extra food with you (if you ran out on the ride) and make sure you time how long it takes you to eat it all. This way, you know whether you're likely to run out of food on the second half of the ride. Dont be afraid to wear the same long-sleeved jersey for three months in a row! You will have 6 chances to get it right.

and I recommend you give yourself at least 3 of those to get used to the fit, feel & placement of your nutrition/kit. Cycling from London to Brighton is no easy feat but you can do it. However, as with everything else at this wonderful Brighton venue, they decide to go above and beyond the call of duty. As far as we're concerned, food should be tasty, fun and affordable. This page tells you what help may be available on polling day if you cannot enter the polling station unassisted.

4. Look After Your Bike

Keep your bike clean! It might sound like an obvious one but many cyclists overlook the importance of cleaning their bikes. Even a small amount of grime or dirt left on your bike can build up to both slow you down and also compromise the efficiency of your drivetrain and brakes. If you are in need of a quick cleaning session before you go out, then a solid wet/dry cycle on an orbital car polisher is enough to buff your bike back up to shiney new condition.

It goes without saying that keeping your bike clean is a good thing and will not only keep dirt from grinding into those moving parts, but it also makes your bike look better too. Addressing the problem of skipped cleaning sessions or feeling like the job is too big, we have come up with an easy plan to keep you working through until youve completed a thorough clean. Every time I get back on my bike, it feels like a new experience.

Not because its fixed up, but because my body is remembering how excited I used to feel. That's how I want to live my life in gratitude and looking forward to the next experience. Dont just take my word for it, keep reading for some "how to" tips. There are many different ways to clean your bike and this is really dependent on the type of bike you have, but for a good all round overview we have put together a brief guide which will help you get the most out of your two-wheeled companion.

5. Enjoy The Ride!

But remember, fundraising isnt all about the day itself. Its about all the preparation you do before the ride. It might help if you decide on things you want to achieve during your training. You can set yourself goals like meeting with friends and cycling round a certain area, or maybe try something new like going to a gym class. Whatever it is, make sure the things you do while your training will help you feel better about yourself and give your whole experience some extra purpose.

On the day, before you know it you'll be on your bike for that first cardio ride and its hard to believe that after all those early morning starts the day will be here. Before you know it you'll be back at your starting point with something accomplished. You've raised some money for a good cause; and unique new experience under your belt. Yeah, this is sounding like a final, and I can assure you it isn’t.

Its been a pleasure being your guide on the journey to the day, whatever stage youre at. I hope this doesnt sound cheesy or patronising but if there’s one single thing that kept me doing RideLondon year after year, its this: enjoy every second of it. More importantly, you will bring so much happiness to others and that is truly an amazing feeling. After all the miles you have ridden, the hills climbed, the sweat and grime endured you will have raised thousands of pounds for the British Heart Foundation and you will be adding an event to your CV.

Here are my top tips on how to make your railathon a success along with information about what happens on the day itself. After all, no one wants you to worry about the finer details and spoil the fun. So, Im encouraging everyone who takes part in this event to enjoy the journey and embrace every minute of your challenge, whether its a couple of pounds lost or hitting that magical 10k target. Maintaining your bike correctly will make it more comfortable to ride, improve your bikes performance and keep you safe.

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Eva Cloud

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