With the Prudential Ride London quickly approaching, many of you will either be riding it or be signed up to a similar long-distance ride sometime throughout the summer. If you’re new to the world of long-distance sportive rides, you’ll want to cast an eye over our top 7 tips for riding your first one.
Whatever the distance you’ve selected to ride, it is important to know what it feels like to ride that far before the sportive itself. It’s recommended that you get at least one ride in before the event that is close to the distance of the sportive. This is useful for a few reasons:
- It will teach you how your body reacts to fuelling over a longer distance, so when you head into the sportive you’ll have an idea of when you will be needing to fuel and how much you need to take on.
- It will give your body one opportunity to find out what the strains are going to be when riding the distance (or close to) of the sportive.
- Riding longer distances but at a lower intensity will give you the stamina needed to complete the sportive.
The sportive organisers will work hard to create the best possible route that takes into account a variety of types of riding to make sure there is something for everyone. Therefore, the route will inevitably include some hills to negotiate, and the best way to be ready for them is to ride some! Spend some time scouting out a few nearby hills of varying gradient and length and do some reps once you’re warmed up. This will increase your ability at attacking hills and get you used to doing multiple hills in one ride.
It might sound like the easier bit, but descending is something that you need to make space for in your training plan. The ability to descend safely is vital for your first sportive as you’ll be going downhill in a group of people and this can produce some potentially dangerous situations. Spending some time practicing your descending skills will put you in good stead when it comes to the downhills of your sportive.