I’m glad you are taking the time right now to read this article because it’s sadly the case that about a third of those that sign up for a cyclosport event or long distance charity ride, don’t actually make it to the start line, or finish.
Why’s that? Was it because they weren't cut out for riding a cyclosportive and were not strong enough to tough it out? No, not at all! They were simply unprepared both mentally and physically for their cycling event.
Let me tell you from experience that there is a big difference between tiredness on a bike and suffering on a bike. Tiredness is the cumulative effect of a long day out in the saddle. However, suffering on a bike is negative, painful and downright soul destroying and can be avoided by adequate preparation.
Don’t get me wrong, a cyclosport distance ride is tough and you will definitely have to work through quite extreme tiredness nearing the end of 100 miles. But because you’ll have done the necessary preparation, you’ll more easily be able to push through positively to the finish.
How to Prepare for Your First Cyclosport event - an overview
You need to prepare the following five areas. Neglect one and you could line yourself up for abandoning your ride:
Below I’ve outlined what’s involved so you get an overall perspective on what to expect, or use as a simple checklist. This checklist is your starting point to finishing your cyclosport ride:
NOTE: I’ll also be covering a lot of the points below in separate articles coming soon to my blog.
Mental preparation (often overlooked):
Prepare the above and you’ll feel confident getting round and finishing. With confidence comes a relaxed attitude and your ride will flow positively from mile to mile.
As previously mentioned, I’ll also be covering a lot of the points above in separate articles coming soon to my blog – so stay tuned!
So, are you thinking of doing a cyclosportive and feel intimidated by what you can do and the distance? What thoughts have you had since signing up? Do share this post with friends if you've found it useful.