Sportive guide

Your best year yet!

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Want to have your best day on a bike in a sportive this year? In that case it’s time to start preparing now for peak performance. Set your goals for 2014 and get ready to achieve them!

Sportives aren’t races, they’re fun events that anybody can enter. That’s what is so great about them, the fact that cyclists of all ages and abilities can rock up and ride the event. But just because it is fun, doesn’t mean you can’t be competitive too.

Getting the best from yourself isn’t easy and requires effort and dedication, both on and off the bike. But follow our top tips to make this year count, and 2014 could be your most successful summer ever!

Quick links: Group riding | Technique tips | Get off-road | Night rides | Kit essentials | Nutrition: pre, during, post | Training plans |

Start a training diary – A notepad and pen may seem a little nerdy, but jotting down what you did during your training days can really aid performance.

Get technical – Fancy gadgets and gizmos do cost money, but they’re an investment worth making. Being able to train to numbers, working to specific heart-rate zones, power outputs and even cadence is far more beneficial and accurate than just working on feel.

Coaching matters – Coaches aren’t just for pros, or those who race. Anyone can benefit from a coach, it’s just that you need to know what you want from yours. Is it a kick up the backside? Is it words of advice? Perhaps you need a kind arm wrapped around you. Whatever it is, a coach may be the answer.

Where there’s a will… – Without wanting to sound cheesy, if you think like a winner, then you will be a winner. Having confidence in your ability can sometimes be the difference between success and failure.

Group-riding

Group cycling: the essential guide

Your guide to riding in a group: it's one of 
the most enjoyable parts of 
being a cyclist, and the language of the peloton is universal

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Training plans: long & short

Short-distance training plan Planning to take on your first sportive event this summer? We’ve 
got just the programme to get you well on the way Whether you’re taking up road…

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Guide to nutrition after your event

It’s easy to think that fuelling is only important before and during your ride, but this isn’t the case. For the past few hours you’ve been working the body hard,…

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Guide to nutrition during your event

There are few things worse than running out of fuel halfway through a long ride. If your stomach starts to rumble or your legs begin to shake, you know you…

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Guide to nutrition before your event

The morning of your event is a very important time. This is where you have the chance to kick-start your nutrition strategy and prepare your body for a demanding day…

Kit-bag

Kit-bag essentials

Participating in a sportive is not as simple as just rocking up and riding. The weather in the UK can change in the blink of an eye, and it can…

Climbing

Technique training tips: climbing & decending

Going up! Love them or hate them, you are going to come up against some testing hills throughout your sportive. Sadistic organisers love to challenge participants, often multiple times throughout…

Off-road-riding

Get off-road: guide to Cyclo Cross

Cyclo cross is on the up in the UK, with more people buying all-purpose cross bikes and many long-distance adventure cross sportives being introduced. Brush up on your skills and…

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Guide to night rides

Bike lights have become increasingly powerful over the last five years, and prices have dropped, making really good lights accessible to more people. This has in turn triggered a surge…