Max and Nils were two of the lucky cyclists to take part in the first ever Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 bike ride last year. Having completed this amazing challenge, they wanted to share some of their top tips, and to let you know how you can still get your place in this event.
RideLondon is an Olympic legacy cycling event which takes place 10th August 2014 and gives you the chance to have free reign over the roads of London and Surrey as it’s a completely closed road 100 mile bike ride. Starting at the Olympic park, the route heads through the traffic-free streets of London, out into the hills and countryside of Surrey, and finishes in front of cheering crowds along the Mall.
As well as the professional organisation of the ride, a key focus for the organisers is helping to raise money for charity. When we took part last year we raised money for Action on Hearing Loss.
Nils, ‘I have had tinnitus on and off over the last four years, it comes in many forms, mostly described as a high pitch ringing sound in the ear, but for me it is more like the sound of an engine from a parked truck. Cycling and exercise really help me manage this, so as someone who loves cycling I decided to do this event for the charity Action on Hearing Loss. Cycling for Action on Hearing Loss was an extremely rewarding experience with a brilliant team to support you. If you’re interested in cycling in this event, Action on Hearing Loss has a limited number of places available for £25. You can sign up online or find out more by visiting www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/ride’
Max and Nils, ‘We’ve put some of our top tips below – we hope you find them useful!’
- Find a training buddy or group to go on regular training rides with, it will help motivate you and make the training more enjoyable too
- If you’re not used to riding long distances, build up time on your bike. Aim to go out for at least 5 hour stretches at the weekend to build up your stamina
- Hill climbing is important but for this ride actually going out on a training ride round Surrey, and going up Box Hill and Leigh hill a couple of times will really help. If you’ve seen the hill and cycled it you’ll know how to pace yourself on the day.
- Gels, bars, nuts, jelly babies; try out different things on your training rides to figure out what you like and will best suit you for the ride itself
Top tips for the day:
- Plan your route to the start line. We decided to take taxis to the start line to ensure we got there on time and reserved our energy for the ride.
- Don’t get too caught up in the speed and excitement of the day at the beginning – make sure you pace yourself for the first 40 miles or so, otherwise you’ll leave yourself puffed out.
- If you’re looking for a fast time, try and find a group to cycle with so you can slipstream and save your energy this way. If you’re just looking to complete the ride – go at your own pace.
- If you have enough food on you, skip the feeding station and plan your ride around the water stops as these are less congested.
- Make sure you pack a pump, spare inner tubes and get a full bike service before the ride
Max: ‘Cycling through London with no traffic lights and no cars to negotiate is such a one-off opportunity. And the community spirit is incredible as all the people come out of their houses onto the streets through Surrey, Kingston-on-Thames and London to cheer you on, which makes you feel like some sort of Olympic pro’.
Nils: ‘Overtaking Max on Box hill was a highlight for me! And normally on Box Hill and other areas of Surrey you can get really held up, but on this ride you just fly through. Also cycling back into London, over Putney bridge and towards Houses of Parliament towards the finish line is amazing, it doesn’t matter what type of cyclist you are, the feeling when people are cheering you over the finish line is worth the 100 miles it took to get there’
Get your place for £25 today
If you are looking for a place in Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100, taking place 10th August 2014, the charity Action on Hearing Loss has places for just £25. Visit www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/ride or call 0207 296 8172 to sign up and find out more.
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