By devising and following a comprehensive training routine, anyone with no physical problems and healthy body can cycle for long distances. Bicycle tours are an enduring activity so you need to be fit and the bike needs to be in condition. You need to have good muscle strength and have the practice of spending hours together pedaling and sitting on the saddle. This isn’t possible unless you train hard and exercise regularly.
Rigorous training is the key to having fun riding the bike in any kind of tour or event. Bike training prepares you for the hardships and gives you a real experience of what the ride will be like, when you will finally get onto the course. When you are preparing for a competitive tour or a simple fun ride like Wiggle French Revolution, you need to start from the basis and train well with all the gear and equipment you are going to use in the main event.
There are many ways and techniques that you can use to train yourself for the big day. However, the main point is that you need to train, if you want to be able to complete a bike tour, let alone winning it.
So, why is training so important?
Besides preparing for the hardships of cycling and keeping your body in shape, it is also important to train because training tends to strengthen a rider’s heart allowing it to pump into the body more oxygen-rich blood. Better exercising and training means better blood circulation in the body, better circulation of blood means lesser body fat and toned body, which means strong muscular body that allows you to pedal the bike with more fervor for better results.
Basic training for everyone
When preparing for a long distance ride, the idea is to train your body to ride for consecutive days. This can be made easy by following a routine which doesn’t interfere with your lifestyle. Make a plan and follow it without fail, start with a comfortable distance and then increase as your body adapts. Add a head mount or bike mount camera [link 3] to your routine and after a ride each day, time yourself and keep a check on all your vitals and see how you are performing. Train frequently on the type of course that you will be finally competing in, this will prepare you for the hardship of the actual event. Do not over train – it will only add to fatigue and mar your preparation.
As explained, bicycle tours are enduring, therefore you need to be mentally and physically prepared to participate in them- for this riders should undergo a three level training. Base level train: the main objective of the training should be to develop strength and endurance so that your body can sustain the fatigue and muscle strain during cycling long distances. Strength training: after increasing endurance, focus on build up your body strength to ride, do a lot of resistance workouts to achieve strength.
Endurance training: having gained the strength and endurance to ride, now the objective is to train the body to sit on the saddle pedaling for long hours, add 40 to 50 miles rides a day (twice a week) to your training plan.
Author: A mountain Man, Adam Jackson loves writing and cycling. At any point in time, he is either cycling and recording interesting videos of various places with him compact HD camera or writing on the latest bike tour events, bike cycle lights etc.