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So who was screaming at the television on Sunday night as Wiggo set the Lee Valley VeloPark alight during his phenomenal ride into the cycling record books? It was an incredible performance and he’s really set the bar high for any future attempts (and let’s just spare a thought for Alex Dowsett who held the record for just a month).
Taking part in a sportive is a fantastic way of setting yourself a personal challenge. It’s not a race against others, you are simply testing yourself over a set course and aiming to complete it within the time standards set by the organiser. Whether you want to achieve your best time for cycling 30 miles or 130, we’ve got some tips to help make sure you get the most out of the event.
Even the most fair-weather riders amongst us have to agree that it’s looking a lot like cycling season out there. Longer days, lighter evenings, a smattering of warm sunny days (some of them even on the weekends) – what’s not to like! So if your bike has been collecting dust and cobwebs in your shed or garage, or acting as an alternative clothes horse in a corner of your bedroom, it’s surely time to get back out on the road or trails and get your bike ready for the season ahead.
Tony lives in West Sussex, England and used to cycle a lot when he was younger, in fact he also tells us he was quite a good duathlete when in his 20s. Whilst he continued with his running he did give up cycling for about 15 years simply because life got in the way, but then after his last London marathon he injured himself and was out of action for quite some time. During his 'thirty something' years he decided it was time to get back in the saddle and try something new again, so he bought a bike and realised just how much he enjoyed it.
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Yes indeed, Sunday 29 March marked the official start of British Summer Time and there were plenty of groans all over the country as we lost an hour of precious sleep. But I see it as short-term pain for long-term gain, because lighter evenings can only mean one thing ... more cycling time!