In the UK we are being torn apart by storms of biblical proportions. In the US, the Midwest is dealing with a ‘polar vortex’ (definition: a lot of snow).
It seems appropriate, therefore, that my attention turns to bike riding. Bike riding of a sportive nature.
Specifically, my thoughts have turned to how I am going to help you (yes, YOU!) prepare for and complete your first sportive.
(If you’ve already done a sportive, I’ll help you with your next (harder! faster! longer!) sportive).
And how am I going to do that, you ask (anxiously). Read on Macfroomedog*…
(* which started as a Shakespearean reference and turned into a new item on the McDonald’s menu…)
Focus On Sportive Preparation And Advice
My posts on this ‘ere blog will be focused on helping beginner and recreational riders prepare for and complete their first major sportive.
For some, the first ‘major’ sportive will be their first sportive, full-stop (period).
Others may have completed the odd shorter course sportive, but are now looking to step up to a more substantial challenge: a first 100-mile ‘century’ ride (e.g. the RideLondon 100) or one of the tough ‘climby’ sportives (e.g. the Etape du Tour, the Wiggle Dragon Ride).
I know this may come as a disappointment for some of you, but I’m unlikely to be posting any more ‘how to’ guides on the fitting of esoteric Trek-only bike components. Sorry.
I’m Working On My First ‘Grimpeur Guide’
Last year I wrote a free ebook, the subtly-titled, “4 Steps To Your First Long Distance Sportive”. It seemed to go down well with people.
By next opus will have a similar overall aim, but will be laser-targeted towards helping the beginner cyclist go from zero experience on a bike (not counting childhood) through to completing that first sportive ride. And not just completing it, but doing so with style, grace and not a little enjoyment.
If you’re that beginner cyclist, perhaps with your name in the hat for a RideLondon place (or you already have a charity place), then this will hopefully be right up your strasse.
(Incidentally, if you haven’t already got hold of my free ebook for subscribers, either bang your email address in the box at the side or bottom of this post, or follow this link).
In The Meantime
Whilst you’re waiting for all of that (with baited breath I’d imagine), I’ve collected together some of the posts over the past year that novice sportive riders will find helpful, particularly if you’re hoping to participate in this year’s RideLondon. Do give them a read, they’re really good….
Useful general sportive posts:
- Sportive Bike vs Road Bike – What Is The Difference?
- Where To Find Cycling Training Plan Information
- How To Choose Your Next Sportive (And Actually Complete It)
- Bike Gears: How Do They Work
- Bicycle Insurance: What You Need To Know
- MapMyRide vs Strava: A Detailed Comparison
Specific information on the RideLondon route and (importantly) the climbs:
- RideLondon 100 Route Analysis Redux: The Five Things You Need To Know
- The Grimpeur analyses the RideLondon 100 route
- Leith Hill Cycling: Gradient, Elevation And All That Fandango
- Box Hill Cycling: Gradient, Elevation and Length of the Surrey Alpe