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First Sportive

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Oct 2013
1:30pm, 9 Oct 2013
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Hi I caught the cycling bug while out of running with an injury...then in a moment of maddness (and being baited by a 'proper' cyclist!!) I signed up for an 80 mile Sportive, 10th November.

Now I can comfortabley ride 25 miles pretty much all uphill after a full day at work and although the hills are hard work, it is fine. And I regularly run up to half marathon distance, so I would class myself as at a good level of fitness...however I have no idea how to train for this, any tips???

Oct 2013
1:35pm, 9 Oct 2013
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eL Bee!
In all seriousness, just get out and ride your bike as much as possible, and try a decent long ride (ideally with company) soon - ideally this weekend - so that you have some idea about pacing and drinks and food over the longer distance/time that you are out
Which sportive is it that you are doing?
Oct 2013
1:57pm, 9 Oct 2013
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South Somerset Screamer...

When you say a decent long ride... how far? Or is it more about time? In which case how long... :/
Oct 2013
2:32pm, 9 Oct 2013
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eL Bee!
What kind of pace are you riding your 25 milers?
Personally I'd plan to get in at least a 60 mile ride to give you some decent information on how you cope with/pace longer rides if you haven't done one of that kind of length before.
Plan it with a stop - a café stop if need be, at about 35 miles so that you don't run into issues with fluid and/or food, and make it a decent day out.
Oct 2013
3:17pm, 9 Oct 2013
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Dai Bank
If the sportive goes up the Gorge, practice riding up there after a decent ride out of say 20-30 miles and you can ride back down the gorge and have food and drink at the bottom before riding back to where you started/home/wherever.
Oct 2013
3:28pm, 9 Oct 2013
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eL Bee!
That's a good plan!
If I've read the route correctly, the gorge is around half distance with the feed stop just before it

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