Training tips

Whether you’re taking on your first sportive or are a seasoned professional in the peloton, we’ve got a range of training plans and top tips from double Olympic gold champion Victoria Pendleton to get you in perfect shape for your challenge.

Victoria Pendleton’s top tips

Over the course of her glittering career Victoria was the dominant force in world track cycling, winning nine world titles alongside Olympic, European and Commonwealth gold medals. 

Here she shares her top tips for getting in peak condition.

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For the first-timer

“My advice would be to make sure your bike is set up correctly. If you go into a bike shop usually they’re very keen to help you set it up to make sure it’s comfortable for you. I would also advise investing in a good pair of cycling shorts, as it will be money well spent.

Another important thing to think about is your nutrition - when you’re training but also during the event, make sure you have enough calories, that after training you replenish by drinking lots of water to stay hydrated. It’s also a good idea to make sure you have some protein in your recovery meal.

Taking on an event can be daunting. Don’t change what you eat or what you do, or do anything different, just stick to what you know. Always get some support from your team around you; rope a few friends and family in because that will make the experience so much easier - and you can push each other along if necessary.”

For the experienced rider

“One of the best ways to push yourself further is to get involved with a cycling team - if you join a cycling team or a club who are focused on racing in particular, they might have a more structured training routines. 

Riding with riders who are better than you always encourages you to push yourself further. Just try to find a team that is perhaps going further distances than you normally ride, or perhaps a higher pace and try to stick with them.

As a more experienced rider, you might want to pair up with somebody who really pushes you or challenges you physically; somebody who’s maybe a bit fitter or faster. Maybe work on your skills in working in a group, for example holding a wheel or sharing the workload, or getting in a chain gang. Experience of riding in a bunch is very important because you can definitely increase your efficiency if you can do that well."

Training plans

Here we share our detailed training plans for you to download, which will help ensure you’re in peak condition for your event.

30 Mile Training Plan (965.94 KB) – perfect if you’re taking on Davina’s Big Sussex Bike Ride.

50 Mile Training Plan (973.62 KB) – for those stepping up to Ride London 46, London to Brighton or NightRider.

80 Mile Training Plan (971.55 KB) – ideal preparation for the five-day London to Paris challenge.

80 Mile Training Plan (971.55 KB) – for those taking the step up and completing a century ride with Ride London 100, or our challenging 4-day elite London to Paris challenge.