Anyone doing this?
Having only ever riden for about 18-20m I've entered the London to Brigton! *gulp*
I'm a complete bike numpty so have no idea about fuel on the bike (is it the same as for a marathon?) etc to the more simple things like training for a 54m ride and maintenance!
So any words of wisdom, recommended reading or sites really appreciated!
Also any information about the actual ride! Do I need to do lots of hill training or just endurance? Would tri bars help? How much drink do I need to carry!
Really appreciate the help
I did the London Brighton in 1988..............can still remember failing to get up ditchling beacon at the end (my chain came off.....thats my excuse).
so it's tuff of nightmares is it?!?
is it that busy then? I was hoping for about 4hrs (I'm slow and lardy!) but you make it sound like FLM for bikes?
would I use the same fuelling rules?
glad I am not alone Tom!
I've got the London tri in August and I hope to use this training to improve my base fitness and cycling in general as it is my weak element (I'm a slow swimmer and runner but know what I am doing!)
Like you say though how many long rides do you do? I know fro FLM I did 1 long (20m) run and 2 at 18 but would have liked to have done another long one, is it the same?
Having never got to that distance (which still seems so far for me!) how much recovery do you need? I assume the recovery fuel (protein) thing is the same as a long run?
Sooo many questions!!
guess it's like FLM then in the "just to say i have done it" way
My mum is waiting to have a major heart op this month and this being for BHF it made sense.
SO treat it like a training run really!
thanks Buddha ... already entered though!
I have this idea that the 7am start will be less busy and that once I get there I can rest a bit then start home and meet dad outside of brighton as I guess the town will be busy too
so cake run then?
aww fanks stump!
Maybe you let some of the inspiration on Mr Speedy when you let me have him??
My main worry just now is getting to the start!!
IMO Pix it's too crowded to go for a time unless you set off really early - so you're better off just enjoying the day. In which case you may as well make use of the numerous coffee and cake stops along the route
I think you get sent a map with them on with the info pack
My experience was that there tend to be bottlenecks - particularly at hills. I of course would have powered up them no probs if only all these people hadn't been walking.
Is 7am start the first one? If so you might be in with a chance of going for a time
it's the 3rd start bear so hopefully it won't be too conjested
obviously I need to drive back to the midlands in the evening so I don't want to spend all day cycling!
I'm hoping dad will pick me up (he doens't know this) and err get me to clapham common in time as the trains won't otherwise my bike and I wil be in a cardboard box under a bridge in london!
Pix - IMO it will be congested
it runs pretty near where I live so I'll pop out and give you a big cheer
I did the great north bike ride last year (50M but fairly flat admittedly) on a background of zero cycling, having only just bought a bike. I think I started 'training' 6 weeks before and did about 6 increasingly long bike rides outside - ranging from 25 to 58 miles and about 10 or so sessions of an hour on the gym bike - and I was fine. (apart from falling off the bike at the finish line because I couldn't get out of the peddles). I had a camelbak for water and a bottle of sports drink on the bike. Didn't need any food - but the GNBR is nothing like as busy as the LTB and there were no hold ups at all - so it didn't take long and there was plenty of food at the finish. It sounds like you'll be out on the route for a lot longer so may need a bit more water/ snacks or money to buy them.
I'm sure you'll be much better prepared than this as you've got several months and all of your training for the London tri will help.
Sounds a bit scary with 30000 cyclists though. I was quite worried about colliding in the GNBR and I think there was only about 1000 in that!
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