Overseas cycle training plan
You've signed up to a cycle, got your bike out and your kit on – but are you still not sure just where to start? Whether you’re embarking on your first ever cycle, stepping up to a more challenging distance or just looking for some inspiration, we’ve got it covered.
Why should you train?
Training is a fundamental step when it comes to any trip, especially one that is renowned for being physically demanding. Even if you cycle everyday - cycling uphill, over 25 miles a day, in hot or cold conditions and sometimes in high altitude is something you will need to train for.
More important than anything else is Cardio-vascular (CV) training which will help you to improve your aerobic capacity. Having an increased CV fitness level, will enable the tissues within the body to consume oxygen more efficiently. This will result in the more effective use of energy supplies, substantially improving ones chances of a successful challenge attempt.
What are you training for?
You are essentially training in order to complete your cycle. The best way for you to accomplish your cycle is for you to go cycling; preferably long distances and up steep hills or to develop your strength, stamina and cardiovascular fitness. Your legs will be performing the same action continuously for a prolonged amount of time – so part of your training is to enable your legs to develop a natural motion whilst increasing the ability of your legs to work efficiently for a longer period of time.