Training Tips: Master a 100 Mile Sportive

Take a glance at our useful pre-ride and en route advice to ensure you secure a PR over our 100 mile sportives >>   

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Penultimate Prep

1. Activate Your Legs: Enjoy a super-steady glass crank ride of no more than 1hour the day before. After that, stick your feet up and get ready for your 100 mile sportive.

2. Smash Snacks: Eat well. Don’t let yourself get hungry the day before the sportive. Nibble often and enjoy a high-carb dinner.

3. Sip Salts: Hydrate well today but not just on water or this will strip your body of sodium. Instead, plop an electrolyte tab in your bottle. Hydration tips for a 100 mile sportive >>

4. Get 8 Hours: Avoid getting caught up in Netflix box sets tonight. Get your eight hours in!

5. Perform Checks: If you’ve signed up to a 100 mile sportive you want to complete 100 miles. Don’t fall foul of an easily avoidable mechanical. 


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Make Sensible Pre-ride Choices

1. Give Yourself Time: There’s no Express Sign-on the day before. Sign-on opens at 6:00-6:45am the morning of the event and the start gates open at 7am. More info coming soon in your Road Book…

2. Pick Your Peloton: You can make the final call on your start time on the morning of the event. Steady riders start first while quicker riders start later. Pick the correct start time to ensure you find a group of similar ability riders. You'll find out more about start times when you receive your Road Book.

3. Come Prepared: Start the ride with two full water bottles. Make sure you have food in your pocket for up to Feed 1. 


Sign on for 100 mile sportive

Optimise Your Ride  

1. Eat from the Outset: Before the first feed so start eating from around 10 miles in. Aim to have a bite of your bar every 30 minutes and sip energy from the start.    

2. Take your Turns Wisely: No need for heroics in the first half of the 100 mile sportive course. Avoid taking long turns on the front and work with your group as a team. Don’t be scared to miss a turn if you’re going through a bad patch. You can return the favour after you’ve rested in the bunch. 

4. Stop at the Feeds: At our grab-and-go feeds you can fill your bottle, grab a bar and a gel - and a handful of jelly babies for morale. Don’t miss the first feed! The second feed is 65 miles in; you’ll have drunk both bottles by then and will have to waste time filling up your second bottle. 

5. Enjoy the Run-in: The last miles are there to enjoy. But remember it is open roads so do watch out for vehicles and other cyclists as you near the finish village. 


Cycling a 100 mile sportive

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