Struggle sportive training isn’t all about endless miles and epic elevation. Train smart for our 100 mile + Struggle sportives while staying safe and staying local.
1. Get Creative with Loops
Ensure you ride safely and don’t take unnecessary risks in order to protect the NHS.
2. Get Repping
No need to head far off into ‘them there hills’ to train for a hilly Struggle sportive. Pick your nearest long climb and attempt 4 ascents.
No need to ride full gas at this time of year or put stress on your immune system. Instead, attempt each rep as a tempo effort. Practice perfect pacing by aiming for your first rep time to be the same as your last.
Allow yourself plenty of recovery time by rolling slowly down the hill.
3. Explore Zwift
You can start a group ride with friends you can’t currently ride alongside. Or how about joining in an organised event.
Downing Cycling, providers of our new Coached Training Plans, run a group ride every Tuesday and Thursday night. Join the Facebook group to find out more or read about their online group rides in this recent Yorkshire Post article.
4. Start a Training Plan in Lockdown
Training plans are a great way to add structure to your week and balance working from home with your cycling.
We’re pleased to welcome Downing Cycling as our new official Struggle training partner. The new training package offers a 12-Week Coached Plan for all ability levels.
It’s a great introduction for anyone interested in working with a cycling coach or keen to follow a training plan personal to their goals, fitness level and availability.
5. Set up a Stay-Home Cafe Stop
During the first lockdown, in our extremely popular Stay-Home Cafe Stop, we joined together with our followers live on Instagram for a coffee and cake.
Why not meet your cycling mates via Zoom or FaceTime to enjoy your cafe stop with them from your home.
Make sure you’re stocked up with goodies and good coffee. Check out our Struggle Gradient Grind. Our roaster Clubhouse also provides home coffee delivery or, like us, get a coffee subscription to receive a different coffee fortnightly or monthly.
6. Go to the Garage Gym
All you need for your at-home strength and condition station is your own body weight.
Check out our series of S&C videos with functional fitness expert Byron Spence to ensure you're firing your muscles and moving well to avoid injury.
7. Improve Your Watts Per Kilo
On our hilly Struggle sportives, shedding some excess Xmas weight can be just as beneficial as improving your fitness.
But don’t diet; you need the calories for your training. Instead try filling up on good calories. Try out new healthy recipes and prepare healthy lunches and snacks to avoid grabbing unhealthy convenience foods.
Stay Home, Stay Safe, Protect the NHS
What’s most important when you’re Struggle training is to follow the Government guidelines to protect yourself, your family, those in your community and your local NHS. Please find the latest guidelines from British Cycling below.
- You should only ride alone, with your household/support bubble or one other person.
- Stay local, ride within your limits and ensure you are self-sufficient.
- Leave the house to exercise only once each day.
- Keep a safe distance from others and practice good respiratory hygiene (ie. no spitting, use a tissue).
- You can only leave your home to exercise, and not for the purpose of leisure (such as a picnic or a coffee break).
- You can travel a short distance within your area to exercise if necessary (ie. to access an open space).